Unfortunately, snakes are not strangers to humans in most areas of America. People grow up knowing exactly what snakes look like and why they should be avoided. Equipped with long, slender bodies and heightened senses, many snakes have a bite that is far more severe and potent than their bark. Thankfully, not all snakes are lethal and dangerous; there are a variety of non-venomous species of snakes that will not inflict as much damage with their fangs. However, venomous or not, all snakes are wild and most likely unwanted guests inside or near any home. If left alone for too long, a snake could build a nest and lay eggs nearby, resulting in more pests and a more irascible, protective snake to exterminate. With these factors in mind, Pest Mall selected top-notch products to make the customer’s home snake-free.>> Read More
The four most common venomous snakes in the US are rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, copperheads, and coral snakes. There is no guaranteed way to tell all venomous snakes apart from all non-venomous snakes since snakes have changed and altered throughout the years to trick both predators and prey. However, there are a few characteristics that are typically excluded to one type. For one, venomous snakes tend to have more triangular heads while non-venomous ones tend to have more ovular heads. Venomous snakes are also infamous for their more “evil” appearance, having intimidating, elliptical pupils as well as small indents on their snouts called “pits.” A few species of venomous snakes have famous, distinct characteristics. The rattlesnake, for example, has a “rattle” at the end of its tail, which will make a loud, clear rattling sound when the rattlesnake is alarmed. Another example is the copperhead, which has an hourglass shape on the top of its head, warning others of its potent venom. However, whether or not a snake is venomous does not matter when encountered outdoors; the correct reaction is always to leave the snake alone and walk away.
Unfortunately, there are no snake killers or poisons available for sale. Because some snakes are endangered and others protected under state or federal law, most pest control product sellers and manufacturers cannot provide the public with snake poisons. Luckily, there are still general control products available, including glue traps and repellents. Glue traps are effective in controlling small populations of snakes; they will ensnare the snake so it cannot escape until one chooses to either release it or let it die. Some glue traps are covered so that the owner does not have to worry about coming in contact with the snake. Repellents act as more of a preventative measure of pest control. They will repel snakes that that come within a certain radius of the treated area. However, because snake repellents work by interfering with snakes’ senses, including their sense of smell, the repellents may end up repelling wanted creatures as well. They also have been characterized as having an unpleasant, pungent smell that even humans can detect once within a certain range. Despite these downfalls, repellents are still the most effective preventative products that homeowners can use.
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