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Atlanta Snake Removal

A copperhead snake on the ground being held in a snare after being removed from under the porch of a house.

If there's one thing we have plenty of here in Georgia, it's snakes. In fact, we have about 40 different species of snakes that we know of, and most of them can be found in and around Metro Atlanta.

Snakes are reptiles of the taxonomic suborder Serpentes. Like all reptiles, they're ectothermic animals, which means that they have little ability to regulate their body temperatures using internal heat production. They rely on external heat to keep their bodies within the temperature range needed to maintain their metabolism. They do this by moving from place to place, looking for temperatures that are neither too hot nor too cold.

What this means to us legged creatures are that snakes are often found in places where we don't expect them. Maintaining their body temperatures is such a central part of their survival that a place with exactly the temperature they're looking for is a great find for a snake -- even if it's less-than-ideal in other ways. We find snakes in kitchens, bedrooms, basements, crawl spaces, soffits, attics, garages... pretty much everywhere, actually.

Most Georgia snakes are non-venomous, but we have our share of venomous ("poisonous") snakes, too:

All the rest of our Georgia snakes are non-venomous. But because some venomous species look very similar to non-venomous snakes, you really shouldn't be messing with any snake unless you're an expert at telling them apart. Call us instead. We'll sort them out for you.

One more thing we want to mention here, because some folks ask about it, is that there's no need to worry about "orphaned" snakes starving if their parents are removed. Snakes are self-sufficient and fend for themselves from the day they hatch. Laying her eggs in an appropriate spot fulfills a snake's maternal responsibilities.

In Defense of Snakes

A lot of people hate snakes, and a lot more are afraid of even the harmless species, so let's spend a few moments talking about some of the good things about snakes.

The first thing we should mention is that pretty much all snakes are beneficial, mainly because practically everything that they eat is something that we humans consider a pest. All snakes are carnivorous, and most of the ones we find around Atlanta preferentially eat rodents. Without snakes, the populations of rats, mice, and other small nuisance wildlife would skyrocket.

Other snakes, like the common garter snake, prefer smaller prey. They'll eat small rodents like mice, but they also like insects, spiders, grubs, and other small invertebrates. This makes them at worst harmless -- and more likely beneficial -- in a vegetable garden because they help control insect and small rodent pests, but have no interest in eating the crops.

Snakes are also rather passive animals by nature. They don't attack humans or domestic animals except in self-defense. Unfortunately, that often does happen when humans or our pets or livestock animals accidentally stumble across or step the snakes.

Snakes as Nuisance Animals

Unfortunately, as beneficial as snakes are, there are times when they have to be removed a particular place. When this is necessary depends on the snake, the place, and the people and other animals involved.

In the case of non-venomous snakes, whether or not they need to be controlled depends on the situation. Because some snakes do eat small birds and bird eggs, for example, we certainly wouldn't want them hanging around a chicken coop. But we might welcome them in a vegetable garden (or not, depending on the person tending the garden). Some people can't stand any snakes, and they simply want them gone. That's a perfectly acceptable reason for humanely capturing and relocating a non-venomous snake.

Another time when even people who aren't afraid of snakes will usually want them removed is when they get into the house itself. Lots of folks don't mind snakes in the garden, but they draw the line at snakes in the bed.

In the case of venomous snakes, snake removal is always recommended if the snakes are in or near places where people or domestic animals live. Having copperheads or rattlers in the back yard is a lot different than having a black snake under the porch or a garter snake in the garden. The risk of someone getting bitten because they accidentally stepped on a venomous snake is much too high to take any chances on peaceful coexistence.

Snake Removal and Snake Control in Metro Atlanta

Snake control keeps us pretty busy, especially in the summer months. Snake-removal jobs are quite varied, ranging from simple capture-and-remove jobs, to snake-proofing entire homes. Rid-A-Critter handles snake-removal calls of all kinds, for all Georgia snake species, both venomous and non-venomous. We provide both capture-and-remove and snake-exclusion services throughout the Metro Atlanta area.

Please contact us for more information about snake control or any of our high-quality wildlife management services.

Snake Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of snakes we've met in the Greater Atlanta area, as well as some of the non-toxic, environmentally-friendly snake control and removal methods that our animal control technicians use to manage snakes. You can also click here to watch a video of Jeff removing a snake from behind the shutter of a home.

 

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A two inch gap in the foundation in the corner where the main house meets an extension built onto it allowed Norway rats into a house in Newnan, Georgia. Once they're sure that all the rats have been trapped and removed from the house, our rodent pest control technicians will seal the gap to non-chemically prevent future infestations of rats or mice.
by Webmaster
May 10, 2022 10:01:15 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

Bats and carpenter bees are flying , Hampton to Ellen, off to demorest, snakes in Hoschton.
by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are in full effect, From Rome, ga to Hampton, ga, then off to Atlanta. Busy times
by Chris Collender
Apr 28, 2022 11:15:13 am.

We just got a call for copperhead snake removal from under the porch of a house in Kennesaw, Georgia. Most snakes are harmless and beneficial, but copperheads are venomous and need to be removed from places where people live, work, and play.
by Webmaster
Apr 26, 2022 11:16:26 am.

Busy critter day today, went to locus grove for some bats, Riverdale to get some squirrels, several Atlanta stops, of course rats, then ended in Marietta, rats again
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2022 07:25:46 pm.

Beautiful weather, bats are flying, and squirrels are breading, good times. Athens to snellville, over to Stone Mountain, then out to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Apr 08, 2022 09:31:43 am.

Rain, rain go away, Chris C wants to do Some quotes today, Morganton(flyers), Carrollton(rats), College Park(raccoons), Brookhaven(squirrels)
by Chris Collender
Apr 05, 2022 02:15:46 pm.

A clothes dryer vent installed through a foundation vent with a two inch gap behind it allowed snakes to slither their way into a house in Dunwoody. Our crew has trapped and removed the snake, and is checking the crawl space for rodents. Most snake problems in homes started with rodents that the snakes want to eat.
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2022 10:12:50 am.

One of our wildlife-removal specialists just removed a snake from the garage of a house in Stockbridge, Georgia. He's now inspecting the house for rodents because when snakes get into houses, they're usually following rats or mice, looking for a quick meal.
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2022 10:05:56 am.

Macon, Warner Robins, Perry and Forsyth Ga today bidding jobs and warranty services. Got crews all over south Ga as well sealing homes against bats and squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2022 02:12:52 pm.

Our wildlife-removal specialists are heading out to remove a snake from a house in Atlanta. No word yet on what kind of snake it is. We have about 40 or so species of snakes in Georgia.
by Webmaster
Apr 04, 2022 09:39:59 am.

Customer in Macon Ga.called in having issues with snakes entering her basement. Going out there now.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 01, 2022 10:28:59 am.

Mouse droppings in the pantry? Bats in the gables? Rats overtaking your living area? Squirrels nesting in your attic? Noises in the walls? Scratching noises coming from you attic? Snakes in your crawl space? We handle them all.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 04:29:56 pm.

Got critters? Squirrels, bats,rats, raccoons, birds etc. Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee give a call for a free consultation.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 12:34:04 pm.

Newnan this morning for raccoons, then off to sharpsburg for mice and down to Atlanta for rats.
by Chris Collender
Mar 29, 2022 02:15:53 pm.

Crazy week so far, bats and carpenter bees are in full swing, from Athens to Suwannee, over to Duluth then to Alpharetta and Atlanta. Now this morning, I am in conyers with rats and squirrels
by Chris Collender
Mar 23, 2022 10:48:04 am.

A frantic homeowner just called about a shed rat snake skin in the living room of their Powder Springs, Georgia home. We have an inspector heading out there to remove the snake skin and inspect the house for rodents. Snakes usually get into houses because they eat rats and mice, not because they particularly enjoy human company.
by Webmaster
Mar 22, 2022 10:12:47 am.

Busy day today. Leaving a Tifton Ga bat quote that we’re going to seal next week. Headed to Coolidge Ga for another bat quote. Droppings on the driveway got the customers attention and squeaky sounds coming from the attic. Give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 21, 2022 12:24:07 pm.

Yesterday was another busy day, Ellijay had some flyers, then to norcross for rats, Athens with grey squirrels and woodstock with bats and rats
by Chris Collender
Mar 16, 2022 08:03:54 am.

Rats in temple ga, squirrels are running crazy in Dallas, ga
by Chris Collender
Mar 14, 2022 09:16:15 am.

Bats and squirrels today in Macon, Warner Robins and Perry Ga. Going out to give free quotes today to help protect their homes and businesses.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 10, 2022 06:55:24 am.

Bats are flying, went from lula ga, to bogart, down to newnan and McDonough.
by Chris Collender
Mar 09, 2022 01:59:40 pm.

Busy day, did 2 quotes for rats, Locus grove and then Atlanta, then headed to Marietta, squirrels and more squirrels
by Chris Collender
Feb 28, 2022 07:30:00 pm.

Went to blue ridge, flyers in the metal roof, headed to Atlanta with rats in the basement
by Chris Collender
Feb 14, 2022 11:15:00 am.

Not a bad day, flyers in McDonough, rats in dacula and Decatur, headed to Marietta now for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Feb 07, 2022 12:25:06 pm.

Squirrels in Douglasville to Rome with flyers, lots of stops todyab
by Chris Collender
Feb 03, 2022 02:41:31 pm.

Not a bad day, Gainesville for mice, Covington and Riverdale for squirrels,and then Smyrna for a insulation quote
by Chris Collender
Jan 31, 2022 02:39:05 pm.

Busy day, was in Rome for squirrels, then powder springs and Atlanta for rats
by Chris Collender
Jan 26, 2022 06:14:43 pm.

The snow didn’t stop me nor the animals, was in Hiawasse, Duluth, Snellville, and then Marietta
by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

Will be a cold and windy day today. Guys will be out working hard to seal homes, preventing all kinds of pest animals from getting in. Animals like rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and opossums want out of the cold too. Pest animals beware.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2022 06:39:14 am.

Pretty good day in the office yesterday. We accepted new pest animal removal jobs in Grayson, Athens, Duluth, Fayetteville, Chamblee, Marietta, Monroe & Canton to name a few. For the best pest animal control service call Ridacritter today!
by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

The Atlanta, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides snake removal in all of Metro Atlanta including the City of Atlanta and the communities of Berkeley Lake, Buckhead, Cartersville, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings. We are fully licensed and insured.

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