Snakes

What are snakes?

There are more than 3,000 species of snakes worldwide, and these reptiles are one of the most feared on the planet. However, in nature, snakes are incredibly beneficial by feeding on a variety of smaller animals, including rodents, and helping to control their populations.

mojave desert sidewinder snake on rocky ground

The dry, hot desert climate in Las Vegas and throughout Southern Nevada allows these cold-blooded animals to thrive. Being cold-blooded means that their body temperature mimics the temperature outside. When the weather is warm, snakes are active, and when the weather is cold, they hibernate because they are unable to digest food. Some of the most common snakes in our area include:

  • Mojave Desert Sidewinders

  • Mojave Rattlesnakes

  • Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnakes

  • Night Stalkers

  • Corn Snakes

  • Diamondbacks

Are snakes dangerous?

Snakes do have the potential to be very dangerous to both people and our pets. Unfortunately, in the Las Vegas area, we have several species of venomous snakes that residents need to be aware of and always stay away from—the Mojave Desert sidewinder, the Mojave rattlesnake, the Southwestern speckled rattlesnake, and the diamondback.

Other species like the corn snake and night snake are less of a threat. Even though they will bite when defending themselves, their venom is not strong enough to cause health problems in people. Due to the large number of dangerous venomous snakes in our area, if you are bitten by a snake and you are unsure of its species, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention.

Another problem with having snakes on your property is the emotional toll it can take. Many people have a phobia of these slithering reptiles, and for good reason! Snakes hide out of sight, and people often come into contact with them accidentally. It can be very stressful knowing that snakes are on your property and not know when or where you may come across one.

If you have snakes living on your property, it is important to contact Red Rock Pest Control to have one of our professionals identify the species and safely remove the snakes. In addition to getting rid of them, our technicians can then put measures in place to help prevent their return!

Why do I have a snake problem?

Snakes are a significant problem for property owners in our area because they thrive in the hot weather of Las Vegas. If your yard provides snakes with a lot of places to hide and abundant sources of food, it will be more attractive to these reptiles.

Where will I find snakes?

When it comes to snakes, the truth is that they are typically shy and want to stay away from people and other animals as much as possible. To do this, they seek dark, secluded hiding spots. Common hiding spots for snakes include:

  • Tall grasses

  • Trees

  • Under overgrown shrubs and bushes

  • Under leaf piles

  • Under rock or woodpiles

  • Along fence lines, rock walls, or foundations

  • Along the edges of rivers, ponds, or lakes

You’ll often spot snakes during the middle of the day out in the open “sunning” themselves to increase their body temperature. If they become too warm, they will retreat to a shady location to cool down. Snakes are mainly outdoor pests but may find their way inside while searching for food or if the weather outside becomes too cool for their liking.

How do I get rid of snakes?

Red Rock Pest Control understands that snakes and other pests are difficult and stressful to deal with on your own. Our certified pest control technicians are experienced in eliminating the pests that live throughout the Las Vegas region and know how to protect both people and properties from them. We offer professional snake control services you can trust to eliminate snakes from your Las Vegas property and keep them from returning.

If you are looking for quality pest control solutions in Las Vegas for your home or business, reach out to Red Rock Pest Control today!

How can I prevent snakes in the future?

Keep snakes out of your home and yard using the following prevention tips:

  • Keep your grass trimmed short.

  • Remove piles of debris from your yard.

  • Place woodpiles up off of the ground and away from the outside of your home.

  • Trim back overgrown shrubs and bushes from the sides of your home.

  • Remove bird feeders and other wild animal feeders from your property that attract rodents and other food sources for snakes.

  • Seal any openings in your foundation or exterior walls.

  • Place mesh covers over vents leading into your house.

  • Make sure doors to sheds and garages remain closed as much as possible.

  • If you have a problem with snakes on your property, contact Red Rock Pest Control so our experts can provide the services needed to remove these dangerous pests from your yard, protecting you, your family, and pets.

 
 

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