Here Are 5 Ways Sneaky Snakes Can Slither Into Your Texas Home
If you live in Texas you're going to be exposed to a wide range of wildlife, including...wait for it...snakes. I get it. Reptiles may play an essential role in the ecosystem, but that doesn't mean I want them in my home.
According to a recent article from Family Handyman, there's no doubt that snakes can occasionally sneak their way inside. Since we're well into the summer months, I thought it would be important to spotlight some common entry points those slitherin' critters use to creep in.
Stay ahead of the game with these five common ways snakes can enter your Texas home, along with some preventive measures you can take to keep them out.
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Gaps and Cracks
Snakes are extremely flexible and can make their way through surprisingly small openings. Even the tiniest gaps or cracks in your home's foundation, walls, or windows can serve as entry points. Check your home for any openings and seal them using caulk or weatherstripping. Don't forget areas around utility pipes, vents, and cables, as these are also common entry points.
Open Doors and Windows
Leaving doors and windows ajar, especially during warm months, is an open invitation for snakes to slither inside. Snakes are opportunistic and will take advantage where they can. Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens without any tears or holes.
Damaged or Unsealed Attic Spaces
Snakes are excellent climbers and can scale walls, trees, or other objects to access your home's attic. Inspect your attic for any damaged or unsealed areas, such as broken vents or loose roof tiles, where snakes can find their way in. Repair any openings promptly and ensure that vents have mesh coverings to prevent reptilian intrusions.
Crawl Spaces and Basements
Crawl spaces and basements attract snakes too. Make sure to check these areas for any gaps or cracks in the walls or foundation. Also, confirm that crawl space doors are tightly closed and basement windows are sealed. You might also consider using mesh screens to cover any vents or openings.
Outdoor Vegetation and Structures
Snakes are pros at navigating yards and gardens, which can be gateways into your home. Overgrown grass, dense shrubs, and untrimmed branches can provide hiding spots and easy access for snakes. Keep the yard mowed, remove trash, and trim back trees and shrubs. Make sure woodpiles are away from the house; they can attract snakes looking for shelter.
- Trim back tree branches near your home and keep shrubs and plants maintained.
- Store firewood away from your home's foundation.
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors to prevent gaps.
- Seal any cracks or gaps in the walls, foundation, or windows.
- Use mesh screens on vents and openings to prevent entry.
It's not uncommon for snakes to find their way into Texas homes. Understanding the entry points they use can help you take measures to avoid having an indoor run-in with one. Inspecting your home for and sealing up gaps, cracks, and damaged areas can go a long way in helping deter snakes.
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