What Would You Do if You Found a Snake In Your House?

What would you do if you came across a snake in your house? Would you freak out, refuse to go inside, or put your house on the market? Once, a person even set their house on fire trying to get rid of the snakes in their home. No need to do any of these things!

Did you know that according to a Gallup poll, around 51% of people freak out when they come across snakes? Don’t worry, even if you are afraid of snakes, snake removal can be easy if you follow the right steps with Alexandria Pest Services. Here’s what you should do if you find a snake in your house:

When You First Encounter the Snake

If you encounter a snake in your home, remember to remain calm and make sure there’s no one or pets around the area where the snake is. Most snakes aren’t there to attack — they may be scared and will often try to defend themselves. Try not to disturb them enough to go into hiding as it will become difficult, and it’s actually in our best interest to not interact with the snake at all.

If the snake is near any opening to the outside, and if possible to get the snake out, get a broom and be cautious while luring the snake out to the door. Please remember that safety comes first. If you can’t, place something over the snake such as a box or trash can and place something heavy on top of it, like a rock or a book. After you’ve done that, call a pest control company, such as Alexandria Pest Services, to remove the snake.


If you have encountered a snake outside of your home and you know it’s not venomous, it’s best to leave them be and wait until it goes away. However, you will need to call a pest control company to remove the snake if it’s venomous.

There are a few ways to identify venomous or non-venomous snakes. A venomous snake often has lots of pattern on its body and has a big triangle-shaped head, while non-venomous snakes have more of a round-shaped head. Another way to identify a venomous snake is to see if they have oval-shaped pupils, similar to a cat, while non-venomous snakes always have circle-shaped pupils. Most of us won’t stick around long enough to notice these details!

In the meantime, if you are unsure if the snake is venomous or not, leave it up for a professional to identify it.

Be Cautious

If you’ve found a snake that’s currently residing in a hiding spot, such as behind a fridge or inside a hole in the wall, don’t try to lure it out. It can be potentially dangerous, especially if you don’t know whether it’s venomous or not. Leave it up to an animal control or pest services professional to remove the snake out of your home.

After making sure the snake is gone, you will need to snake proof any areas to prevent any further snake invasions, since it may have entered from a small hole or gap in your house. Finding these gaps and filling them can help make sure you won’t have any more snake invasions or other unwanted pests in the future.

Call in the Pros to Get Rid of Pests for Good!

At Alexandria Pest Services, our team of expert technicians will work with you to create a plan to eliminate your pests. If you find that you are having a problem with insects, termites, or other pests and need an exterminator, call Alexandria Pest Services at 703-923-0925 to schedule a professional evaluation. We can help you get rid of these invaders in your home or office! Contact us today to learn more.


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