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Atlanta Snake Removal

Timber rattlesnake removed from a yard in Sandy Springs

Timber rattlesnake removed from a yard in Sandy Springs

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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Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

We have technicians repairing raccoon damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Monroe, Georgia. They've already trapped and removed the raccoons from the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 17, 2021 10:15:23 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Our Metro Atlanta office has a technician adjusting the limit switches and replacing the weather seal on the garage door of a house in Conyers, Georgia to keep Norway rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 11, 2020 10:51:15 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

Our Metro Atlanta rat-control technicians are replacing a crawl space door and frame to keep Norway rats out of a house in Tucker, Georgia. Loose-fitting or water-damaged crawl space doors are common ingress points for rats.
by Webmaster
Nov 30, 2020 10:59:48 am.

We have technicians repairing squirrel damage to the soffit and roof trim of a house in Duluth, Georgia. They're also setting traps to catch and remove squirrels from the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2020 11:13:28 am.

Our Metro Atlanta office has crews sealing squirrels out of the attics of several houses in Mableton, Georgia today.
by Webmaster
Oct 16, 2020 09:54:02 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

This was How Norway Rats Got into this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2020 09:37:42 am.

Video of Jason and Justin Animal-Proofing a Crawl Space Door at a Marietta, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jul 30, 2020 10:13:28 am.

Video of a Dead Animal Removal Job in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2020 10:22:27 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Here's a Gray Rat Snake Removed from a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2020 10:05:59 am.

We Found a Copperhead Snake Outside a House in Johns Creek, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2020 09:55:04 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

We have technicians on their way to remove a live snake from the attic of a house in Marietta. Most likely, we'll also find a rodent problem in the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 23, 2020 10:56:24 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Picture of a Black Racer Snake on a Driveway in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Mar 16, 2020 09:42:09 am.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 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, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings.

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