Snake Removal in Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington, VA

Snake Removal in Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington, VA

Do You Have a Snake Concern?

The primary complaints revolve around ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes, which many people have. All fears aside, These creatures can pose a potential danger; most people can’t tell the difference between a venomous and non-venomous reptile. It is best to be cautious around all snakes. They inhabit many ecological niches and often reside around man-made structures for warmth. They’ll get into pools, screened porches, and oftentimes, the home itself. Snakes don’t need much space to enter a home, which can make reptile exclusion installation essential.

How do we Get Rid of Snakes?

If you’ve got a snake on your property, you might just want to leave it alone. It’ll be on its way. Should you see a snake regularly, then you’ll want to have it removed. If you’ve got a snake inside your house and you are unsure of the species, don’t try to catch it — most cases of snake bite occur when a person is trying to kill or catch a snake. The safest method of removal is to contact a qualified professional to take care of the snake problem. Our wildlife control specialists are trained to humanely catch and remove troublesome snakes from homes and properties.

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Why Should I Address the Problem?

Snakes carry diseases. There are roughly 40,000 reported snake bites per year, 8,000 of which are venomous. Snakes can get through the tiniest crevices and like to take up shelter in walls, where they can also die, which can be very difficult to remove. Furthermore, snakes feed on rodents and insects, usually where there are snakes, there are rodents and insect in droves. Finding snakeskin in your home is a telltale sign of a snake present in your home.

What are the Most Common Diseases Spread by Snakes?

Diseases that can be passed to humans include salmonellosis, botulism, leptospirosis, and campylobacteriosis. The toxic venom in the Virginia Copperhead is very caustic.

What can I do for Snake Control?

  • Get your home inspected by a licensed wildlife specialist
  • Seal entry points (be sure that all wildlife is gone)
  • Get professional-grade repairs done
  • Install screens
  • Exclusion / Snake control

Do Snakes Have Natural Predators?

According to the experts at National Geographic and our wildlife technicians, snakes have many enemies if you can believe it. Enemies like large birds, wild boars, a mongoose, raccoons, foxes, coyotes and even other snakes are a few of the dangers snakes fall prey to.

A lot of people find it surprising that even the largest and the scariest of snakes can be afraid. While they are young they are easy prey to many birds and mammals but when they are older and larger they have humans to fear.

Humans hunt snakes for various reasons. Many different breeds of snakes are captured and shipped to other countries to be sold in pet shops. Which also explains why the python epidemic in Florida is so big. Venomous snakes are used for making anti-venom, which is made from their venom and is used to save the life of a snakebite victim. Snakeskin is used for making many things including shoes, purses, and belts. And, unfortunately, many people often kill snakes out of fear.

One of the biggest threats to the snake population, the same as with many other animals, is the destruction of their habitats by humans. Their homes are being destroyed to make room for ranches, farms, and highways.

Snakes have many ways of protecting themselves. Their coloring alone is great camouflage and some snakes can burrow down under sand or leaves for extra coverage. Some huff, puff and hiss loudly or shake their rattle tail to scare off a possible predator while others will flop over and hang their tongue out and play dead! Venomous snakes will try to escape or frighten off a hunter before ever trying to bite them.

What are Pit Vipers?

The Southeast has five species of pit vipers which are the deadliest snakes. All five—three kinds of rattlesnakes plus the copperhead and cottonmouth—are found in parts of every coastal state from Louisiana to North Carolina. Each species is distinctive in behavior, habitat, and venom capabilities, but all have one common characteristic, a heat-sensitive pit located on the side of the head between the eye and the nostril. A pit viper uses the pit in total darkness to detect the presence of warm-blooded prey such as mice or rats and to strike that prey with unerring accuracy.

The pit viper that typically bites the most Americans every year is the copperhead. That’s the bad news. The good news is that copperheads have one of the mildest venoms, being determined in one study to be only 1/10th as a potent drop for drop as that of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake. As far as I am aware, despite bites by copperheads to hundreds of people over the years, no one has died from the bite of a wild copperhead. Although a copperhead bite usually causes minimal damage to the victim, a trip to the hospital or doctor’s office is still advisable.

Copperheads are a fierce snake and are quite abundant in some localities. However, their presence often goes unnoticed because of body coloration. Dark brown crossbands on a lighter brown background provide very effective camouflage when the snake is coiled on a ground cover of fallen leaves. At least two harmless snakes, banded water snakes, and corn snakes are often mistaken for copperheads because of similar banding and coloration, but only copperheads have crossbands that resemble the shape of an hour-glass. Copperheads are common in the mountains and also in many coastal areas, but they can show up anywhere within their extensive geographic range in the eastern United States. The babies have very potent venom and cannot control how much venom they inject. Interestingly, the species of scaled vipers is absent from all of the Florida peninsula and most of the panhandle.

The cottonmouth is the copperhead’s closest relative and is the most venomous snake in the world, by far the most common venomous U.S. snake associated with water. The bite of a cottonmouth can be serious, but the snake’s aggressiveness is overrated. Many bites from cottonmouths occur after someone has picked the snake up, and most of the snakebite cases I know of with these species have been to herpetologists who did just that. Hard to blame the snake for that outcome.

Of the three southeastern rattlesnakes, the smallest is the pygmy; a large one is only two feet long. The largest is the eastern diamondback, which can reach almost eight feet and has the deadliest venom. The third species, called canebrake rattler in the Coastal Plain and timber rattler in the mountains and most other areas, can be more than six feet long.

What are the chances that a hiker, hunter, or another outdoor nature enthusiast will encounter and be bitten by a pit viper? And what about children? Children should be taught never to pick up any snake without supervision by a knowledgeable adult. They should learn to enjoy snakes by watching them. Of course, the same advice would apply to most adults, as many U.S. snake bites occur because someone picked up the snake. People who see a snake and then simply observe it from a safe distance (a few feet away) virtually never get bitten. And if you do encounter a snake in the Southeast, the odds are 10 to 1 that you need not be concerned. More than 50 species are harmless compared to only five that are pit vipers.

How can you identify southeastern pit vipers and what should you do if someone is bitten? The book “Snakes of the Southeast,” published by the University of Georgia Press, has numerous color photographs of all southeastern snakes and is the most authoritative nature guide on the topic. Here’s the advice that is given for snakebite victims: “The best snakebite kit is a set of car keys, a cell phone, and a companion” to get you to the hospital.

What is a Snake Survey?

We offer a Snake Survey to homes and businesses for a fee starting at $175. With the survey, we will send a Wildlife Expert to thoroughly inspect inside the dwelling, check for other species that will attract snakes, outside around the property and look for evidence of the presence of snakes and rodents. We look for rodents because they are a favorite meal for snakes and if you have rodents, more than likely you have snakes as well.

How Much does it Cost to Remove a Snake?

The fees associated with Snake Removal vary.

Contact your local Wildlife Removal Experts, Summit Wildlife Removal, for Snake Removal in Fairfax, Alexandria & Arlington, VA.

Contact us online or give us a call at 703-884-2124 when you need our services. For dog or cat issues, contact your local municipal animal control office.

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