Eastern coral snake

If you’re from Texas, you’re no stranger to snakes. Of course, it’s one thing to come across a snake while out and about — it’s something else entirely to find a snake hiding in your home.

As winter approaches, snakes are looking for a warm, safe place to hibernate. Don’t let your home be their home for the winter as well. Critter Ridder has removed many snakes from homes, and can help you find the access points where they’re getting into your home and fix the problem.

Types of Snakes in East Texas

There are several different types of snakes that call Texas their home. These are some of the most common:

  • Coral Snake
  • Western Cottonmouth
  • Southern, Broadband, and Trans-Pecos Copperheads
  • Western Diamondback
  • Pygmy Rattlesnake
  • Timber Rattlesnake

When East Texas Snakes Hibernate

Snake hibernation is most common during the cold winter months. Since they’re cold blooded, during winter is when snakes will look for a place to stay safe and warm.
Of course, hibernation doesn’t mean they’ll be completely dormant for the entire winter — in fact, during warmer periods, they will come out of their hiding place to look for food. This is when snakes in your home are most dangerous.

Where Snakes Like to Hibernate in Your Home

Snakes like to find places that are dark, somewhat damp and cool, but not cold. The most common place to find snakes that are hibernating is in the crawl spaces throughout your home. We do offer full attic cleanup and restoration services.

Other places in your home that snakes could be hiding include:

  • Attic
  • Basement
  • HVAC system
  • Inside cabinets
  • Behind dressers
  • Under bed frames
  • Underneath a couch
  • Anywhere dark and damp

What to Do about Snakes in Your Home

The method of snake removal depends on whether the snake is venomous or not. If you aren’t sure, err on the side of assuming the snake is venomous and keep your distance.

For venomous snakes, you’ll want to call a professional and keep the room they are in quarantined if at all possible. Don’t try to shoo it out with a broom or kill it. Snakes can strike if provoked or they think you’re a threat. They’re able to strike up to half the length of their body.

Why Safe Snake Removal is Important

Snakes can be poisonous and even those that aren’t can bring diseases — including salmonella and botulism — into your home. It’s important to keep snakes out of your home and remove them as soon as possible.

Besides being dangerous to you and your family, it’s dangerous for the snake if removal is not done right. Contact us if you need a technician to come to your home and safely remove a snake or any other animal today.