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Virginia Snake Removal

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Quick Snake Information

Species in Virginia: 32

Common Locations: Basements, Under Debris, Crawlspace

Damages: Virtually None

Health Concerns: Venom, Salmonella

Do You Have Snakes? Do Not Kill It!

Snakes are extremely important to the ecosystem, so much so that it is illegal in Virginia to kill snakes unless they are a clear and present danger. Snakes tend to run away or will warn others if you get to near, but if you leave them alone they will leave. Unlike other animals we deal with, snakes do not inflict damage to your homes or pass along any diseases.

Our wildlife technicians understand that a snake in the home is an emergency that cannot wait till the next day. Snake removal is dangerous and should only be done by a trained wildlife professional. If you do encounter a snake which you cannot move away from, distance yourself from it, keep visual contact, and call a snake removal expert. Especially if you do not know if the snake is venomous or not.

Snake Damage to your Home

Snakes are unique compared to the other animals we deal with, in that they do not cause any damage to your home. Snakes do not make holes or force their way into their homes unlike squirrels and raccoons. They use already made openings that are made to get into your home. If a snake got into your home, then it is for certain that other animals got into your home already.

These animals are always a symptom of a larger problem. If you have snakes, you have other pests such as mice or an insect infestation in your home. They only go where food is, and if there is abundant food in your home, then they will venture in there to get it. Some will stay to live there if there is enough supply.

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Health Hazards from Snakes

Snakes, like other reptiles do not possess any health risks such as diseases or viruses that can infect humans. The only disease that a human can get from a snake is either by infection from an improperly cleaned bite, or salmonella. Salmonella can be contracted by handling snakes and other reptiles, and can easily be prevented by washing your hands after handling them.

However, the major health hazard involving snakes is venom. Here in Virginia, there are 3 species of snakes that are venomous. The Copperhead, Cottonmouth, and the Timber Rattlesnake. In Southwestern Virginia only the copperhead, and the timber rattlesnake can be found, with the cottonmouth only appearing near the Chesapeake area.

Damage to Attic from Bats

If You Are Bitten By A Snake

  1. Try to see and remember the color and shape of the snake, which can help with treatment of the snake bite.
  2. Keep the bitten person still and calm. This can slow down the spread of venom if the snake is venomous.
  3. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  4. Dial 911 or call local Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
  5. Contact your local Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
  6. Apply First Aid if you cannot get to the hospital right away
    1. Lay or sit the person down with the bite below the level of the heart.
    2. Tell them to stay calm and still.
    3. Wash the wound with warm soapy water immediately.
    4. Cover the bite with a clean, dry dressing.

Our Snake Services in Virginia

At Blue Ridge, we know that every snake experience is different, and there will be times when the snake absolutely has to be removed. We offer Snake Removal, Snake Control, and Snake Trapping services. Just in case if you want a simple removal, a full removal, or making sure that they will never get back in again.

Free Snake Inspection

Unsure if you just have one or many snakes in your home? At Blue Ridge Wildlife we offer free snake inspections with no obligation! We will check your property and home for entrance points for both snakes and other pests. Because when there is pests there will be snakes. Our skilled technicians are certified and trained to handle and investigate snake prone areas of homes so that we will find and trap them.

After the inspection our biologists will speak with you about what they intend to do, and how they will solve your snake problem.

Snake Exclusion and Snake Removal in Virginia

After the inspection that is when our technician will start to work. Our technician is trained in snake handling and knows how to deal with snakes both venomous and not. We will grab them on site or we can set traps in the area that the snake has been seen. The snakes will be transported off site and disposed of according to AVMA guidelines and Virginia law. After our snake removal program is when we will start focusing on snake exclusion and snake control.

The best method for snake control is pest control. If there is no source of food for snakes then they will not go near your home. That is why will also do mice inspection and pest inspection to find what these animals are feeding on. After that our technician will go over with you how to make your yard unattractive to snakes. Our snake control program also sets up traps around your home where we check them weekly.

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