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  • So get this: Youre doing some chores (or lazing around!), and you hear that unmistakable

  • hissss. Uh Oh. “Is that a snakein my HOUSE?” Youre not one for exotic pets,

  • which means youve got a slithery uninvited visitor. Your first thoughts? “Hmm. Let’s

  • see. Why’s it here, and how do I get rid of it?!” Yeah, I’ll bet youre that

  • calm! Here we go, a two-parter!

  • - Snakes will try to come indoors in extreme weather.

  • Remember that snakes are cold-blooded reptiles, which means their environment is what controls

  • their body temperature. Versus mammals like you and mewe have warm blood that keeps

  • us mostly cozy no matter what the weather is. If it’s scorching or raining buckets

  • out there, theyll seek refuge in an unsuspecting house. They may be looking for a cool damp

  • spot to chill downlike a basementor shelter from the rain so that it won’t destroy

  • their nest. On that note

  • - Where will snakes try to hide? Along with the basement, snakes may try to

  • hide in your walls, attic, and crawl spaces. These areas are dark, mostly cold, and sheltered,

  • so theyre perfect real estate for a snake to make itself at home. Places like these

  • are also common hidey-holes for mice and creepy crawlies that make for some tasty meals in

  • a snake’s eyes! If there’s access to some Snake Cuisine, it just may move in permanently!

  • Lucky you! And once they settle down for good

  • - Snakes WILL nest in your house if they can. If youve got those perfect conditions,

  • a snake will build its nest in your home, and then youll have a big problem on your

  • hands! Building a nest means potential egg-laying. Depending on the size of the species, they

  • can lay between 6 and 100 eggs at a time!

  • - How did it get in my house, anyway??? You shouldn’t find any boas in your humble

  • abodesnakes found in houses are usually on the smaller side because they can wiggle

  • their way in through small cracks, openings, and anyweak spotsin your home. If

  • they get in through the basement or attic, they likely found a crack or gap you didn’t

  • even know was there! Ok, understood, but

  • - How common is it to find a snake in the house?

  • It’s more common than you’d think! In some places, snakes are part of daily life

  • and are as common a pest as mice or mosquitoes. For example, it’s normal to beat the bed

  • with a stick before climbing in so that you won’t find yourself lying next to a snake!

  • Ohh sweet dreams! Where you live and what preventative measures you take (more on that

  • later) will determine how often youll have to deal with snakes indoors.

  • Sorry, friend! You and that snake have been waiting there so patiently! Ok, so, now for

  • the most important question: how do you get rid of the dang thing?

  • Step 1: (Any guesses?) Stay calm! I know it sounds like cliché advice when

  • dealing with a potentially dangerous situation. But remember the golden rule when it comes

  • to wild animals: it’s more scared of you than you are of it. If youre waving your

  • arms around, screaming at the top of your lungs, and reaching for a shovel, then youre

  • gonna scare that thing into making the first move. (A.k.a., some razor-sharp fangs coming

  • straight for whatever part of you they can get to first!) That, or the snake’s “flight

  • mode will kick in before thefight,” and itll dart to an unreachable place.

  • Then youll really be out of luck!

  • Step 2. Get any kids or pets out of the area. Before you do anything, clear the room. Sparky’s

  • gotta go somewhere safe, and Mr. Whiskers too. Oh yeah, and besides the kids, don’t

  • forget your pets either! Heh-heh! All jokes aside, pets and children are smaller than

  • you are, and they move more unpredictably. This may agitate the legless home invader.

  • When dealing with snakes, you should always make your movements quiet and slow. If you

  • think a pet or child has been bitten, take them straight to the vet or hospital.

  • Step 3: Determine if the snake is venomous. When all else fails, ask the snake.

  • A bite will not only be painful but possibly dangerous too! Try to get a good look at it

  • without disturbing it, and read about poisonous snakes that can be found in your area. (You

  • should ideally do that research before your first rendezvoustime is of the essence

  • here!) It’s usually small snakes of thegarden varietythat hang out in backyards.

  • These types may not be venomous, but a snake bite can also make you sick! If the species

  • is poisonous, though, then skip to Step 7. (Not right now! I’ve got some useful tips

  • here!)

  • Step 4. (You still with me right? Okay.) Guide the snake outside with a broom.

  • Only do this if youre sure the snake isn’t venomous. Set upbarriersas 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. Don’t use a poking motionnobody likes being

  • poked, snakes included! Just pushing the broom behind it should do the trick.

  • Step 5. If thebroom methoddidn’t work, restrict its ability to move.

  • Cover the snake with a big blanket or put a laundry hamper on top of it with the open

  • side down. This will give it just a small space to move in. If the snake is surrounded

  • by darkness and can’t see, itll calm down and give you time to think. This also

  • keeps the snake in one place, so you know right where it’s at.

  • Step 6. Get the snake outside. Again, only attempt this if you know the snake

  • isn’t venomous!! The safest way to hold one is under its belly near the tail. Don’t

  • squeeze too hardyoull hurt the poor guy! (And, well, he probably won’t react

  • in a courteous way.) 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. If you covered the snake with

  • a blanket, you can scoop the blanket up and gently wiggle it outside to let the little

  • guy go.

  • Step 7. Call Animal Control Preferably the first step no matter what kind

  • of snake youre dealing with. But, again, time is of the essence, and you don’t want

  • that thing getting away before the pros get there. (This is undoubtedly your first move

  • if you know the snake is venomous!) Anyway, 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. When in doubt, leave it to the professionals!

  • 8. Try a DIY snake trap! All you need is a plastic water bottle, scissors,

  • and snake food. If you use a soda bottle, wash it thoroughly until no more smells come

  • from it, and screw the cap on tight. Cut a hole at the opposite end of the bottle that’s

  • just big enough for the snake to fit through. You can find snake food at your local pet

  • storethat just makes me laugh. Slide some into the bottle so that it’s close to the

  • cap end. Set your trap where youve seen the snake, and check it every day. Once youve

  • caught it, call your local Pest Control to come get it.

  • 9. Prevent any future visits. 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. You can also prevent snakes from showing up in the first

  • place by getting rid of other pests they see as food, like mice, squirrels, and other small

  • animals. If youre having a consistent snake problem, first get rid of any nesting birds

  • around your yard since the eggs make for a tasty treat! (For the snakesjust to clarify.)

  • And it’s time for me to make like a snake and slither out of here

  • Hey, if you learned something new today, then give the video a like and share it with a

  • friend! Here are a couple cool videos I know youll enjoy. Just click to the left or

  • right, and stay on the Bright Side of life!

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/06
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