Do Louisiana Snakes Hibernate in Houses?
Every Louisiana native knows that snakes are simply a part of life here. Between the many marshes, swamps, and ponds all around the state, and the warmer weather than states farther north, snakes are pretty happy to make their home in the deep south.
But what happens when the snakes start to get a little too chilly in the winter months?
You guessed it – they head indoors.
Yes, snakes do hibernate in houses, and that can be a big problem for you.
Danger to You
Obviously, you don’t want snakes living in your home over the winter.
The biggest reason is that they present a danger to your family, pets, children, and guests. There are many snakes in Louisiana that are poisonous, so having them in your home can be a health hazard.
One thing that many homeowners want to know is, “Do snakes carry disease?” While snakes don’t carry things like rabies, similar to rodents, they do carry at least some of the variants of salmonella that can be harmful to humans. In fact, around 85% of snakes carry salmonella in some form. And then of course, there’s the simple “yuck” factor of having a snake in your home.
Who wants to be startled by the appearance of a snake in your cabinets, closets, or laundry room late one evening?
Why Do Snakes Hibernate Indoors
The main reason that snakes come inside during the winter is that they are cold blooded – meaning their bodies don’t keep warm due to blood flow the way mammal bodies do. Instead, snakes stay alive by absorbing external temperature. So when it starts to get too cool outside, they need a warm place to hang out.
The most likely places in your house that a snake will hide include:
- Leaky water pipes
- In the walls
- Crawl spaces
- Drop ceilings
- Any area where it is warm and humid, such as laundry rooms, utility closets, and bathrooms
What Can You Do to Prevent Snakes?
The best way to prevent snakes from hibernating in your home is to seal up any places where they can slither inside.
But snakes don’t need a very big hole to get in, so this can take some time to truly inspect for all the ways in. For example, a small crack in your foundation at the ground level could be more than enough space for a snake to come inside. If there is even a miniscule gap between your door and the floor, where weather stripping is missing or damaged, a snake could slither in through there as well.
If you don’t think that you have any areas where a snake could get indoors, but you find a snake in your home, it’s best to call in the professionals to do a full inspection of the property.
At Fischer, we can help you find the areas of your home where you need to seal away access for future infestations.
Attempting to remove a snake yourself is not the best plan, especially in Louisiana where snakes can be deadly. Not only could you injure yourself, but simply tossing the snake outside does not prevent it from coming back indoors.
At Fischer, we do same-day snake removal and help identify and remove any nests and entrance areas in your home. That ensures that all the snakes are out of your home, and that fewer or no snakes can get back in in the future. You can have a cozy winter without worrying about this particularly dangerous pest.
To schedule your assessment today, or to get a free estimate, call us at 800-391-2565.
Do Louisiana Snakes Hibernate in Houses? In Louisiana & Mississippi
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