How Do I Get Rid of a Snake in My House?


Snakes enter homes and outbuildings because they are looking for food and shelter. Most snakes are harmless, but never approach a snake if you cannot identify its species. If a harmful snake or a snake of an unidentified species needs to be moved, call a professional animal removal business. But harmless snakes can be removed safely and humanely.


  • Gather together a bucket, a broom, a large towel or cloth and working gloves. Although nonvenomous snake bites are harmless, they can hurt and puncture the skin. Sweep the snake into the bucket, quickly cover it and take the bucket outside. Release the snake. Another method is to leave a slightly damp burlap bag in a room where the snake is known to hide. Snakes like damp, dark places. Put on gloves and check the bag for the snake at least once a day. If the snake is inside, draw up the bag, take outdoors and release the snake.

Alternative Method

  • Another nonlethal snake removal method is to use numerous glue traps marketed to catch mice. Glue 144 square inches of glue traps to plywood. Lay the contraption down where the snake is suspected to be. Check the trap. When the snake is caught, remove the snake by pouring vegetable oil on the snake and the traps. The snake will come off of the trap. Because glue strips can kill small animals, this method cannot be used in homes with small pets.


  • Nonvenomous snakes, especially baby snakes, move away from anything threatening. If the snake coils up when threatened, leave it alone -- it could be poisonous. Use a broom to just herd the snake in the general direction of where you want it to go. However, snakes at good at climbing steps, so this method only works if the snake is on the same level as an outside door.


  • In order to keep the snake from getting back in the house, check thoroughly to see how and why the snake got in. Seal all cracks and crevices and repair broken windows. Snakes tend to follow their prey species like insects and rodents. Basic housecleaning such as removal of trash and keeping garbage in locked cans that animals cannot tip over can help discourage rodents and insects. Other methods include mowing the lawn so insects and rodents cannot hide in long grass, removing brush piles and cleaning up any fallen seeds and shells from bird feeders.

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