So get this: You’re doing some chores (or lazing around!), and you hear that unmistakable hissss. Uh Oh. “Is that a snake—in my HOUSE?” A snake may be looking for a cool damp spot to chill down—like a basement—or shelter from the rain so that it won’t destroy its nest.

Remember the golden rule when it comes to wild animals: it’s more scared of you than you are of it. Guide the snake outside with a broom. If the “broom method” didn’t work, restrict its ability to move. Make sure any cracks, gaps, or holes around your home are sealed to prevent any future visits.

-Snakes are cold-blooded reptiles, which means their environment is what controls their body temperature.

-Along with the basement, snakes may try to hide in your walls, attic, and crawl spaces. -If you’ve got those perfect conditions, a snake will build its nest in your home, and then you’ll have a big problem on your hands!

-Snakes found in houses are usually on the smaller side because they can wiggle their way in through small cracks, openings, and any “weak spots” in your home.

-In some places, snakes are part of daily life and are as common a pest as mice or mosquitoes. -Remember the golden rule when it comes to wild animals: it’s more scared of you than you are of it.

-Pets and children are smaller than you are, and they move more unpredictably. This may agitate the legless home invader.

– Try to get a good look at it without disturbing it, and read about poisonous snakes that can be found in your area.

-Set up “barriers” as best as you can to keep it in that one room, and open the door to the outside. Gently guide the snake through a path to the exit.

-Cover the snake with a big blanket or put a laundry hamper on top of it with the open side down.

-Hold the snake as securely as you can while keeping it away from your body. Get it outside and release it far from your property.

-Animal control will have special equipment to remove the snake safely. And give them a call if the snake is hiding, but you know it’s there.

-All you need is a plastic water bottle, scissors, and snake food.

-Make sure any cracks, gaps, or holes around your home are sealed. Check your attic, basement, and crawl spaces thoroughly because they might be easy to miss in these areas.

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