Regal Black-Striped Snake Control (Coniophanes imperialis)
Believe it or not, snakes can be great to have around. But when they move inside our homes, often something must be done. Here’s what you need to know when dealing with a possible black-striped snake on your property. if you need a professional to remove or control the Black striped snake You can find a snake control & removal professional here!
Slender, the black-striped snake reaches a maximum length of only 12-18 inches. It gets its name from alternating black and brown, or dark brown and tan, longitudinal stripes that run down their back. Their bellies are red or orange.
This snake is a burrower, preferring loose, sandy soils with scattered debris (including tires, wood piles, leaf piles, logs, etc) to use as hiding spots or shelter. Forests, savannas, agricultural landscapes, edges of wet or marshy areas, and around buildings and vacant lots may all fit the bill. In the US, it’s found in the southernmost tip of Texas.
Black-striped snakes mainly hunt small frogs and toads, but may also go after lizards, small snakes, and baby mice. Their bite is mildly venomous.
Black-Striped Snake Control
There are several steps to dealing with snake problems: making your property less inviting to snakes, which means making your home and property less inviting to the rodents they feed upon, and dealing with any snakes that are already there.
Habitat modification for Black Striped Snakes
In wooded, rural and riparian settings where snakes are common, their presence can be discouraged by eliminating stands of tall vegetation and removing piles of rock, lumber, and debris that might attract snakes to search for prey or to seek shelter– especially close to buildings. The closing of all entrances to rodent burrows make an area less attractive to snakes. It also helps if one is persistent in controlling rats, mice, and field rodents around residences and other buildings.
Black Striped Snake Exclusion
Structural gaps and crevices larger than 1/4 inch and within three feet of grade should be closed off because snakes can pass through very small openings. Crawlspace vents should not have screens with larger than 1/4 inch mesh. If snakes are gaining access into a building, a thorough search should be made for cracks in the foundation, unscreened crawlspace vents and gaps around basement window frames. It is important to check clearance under doors and look for improper sealing where plumbing and utility lines penetrate the foundation of the building.
Rodent Proofing Your Home
Controlling rodent populations can go a long way towards discouraging the presence of snakes that feed on them. The following steps will help to keep rodents out of houses and buildings:
Repair or replace damaged ventilation screen around the foundation and under eaves.
Provide a tight fitting cover for the crawl space.
Seal all openings around pipes, cables, and wires that enter through walls or the foundation.
Be sure all windows that can be opened are screened and that the screens are in good condition.
Cover all chimneys with a spark arrester.
Make sure internal screens on roof and attic air vents are in good repair.
Cover rooftop plumbing vent pipes in excess of 2 inches in diameter with screens over their tops.
Make sure all exterior doors are tight fitting and weatherproofed at the bottom.
Seal gaps beneath garage doors with a gasket or weatherstripping.
Install self-closing exits or screening to clothes dryer vents to the outside.
Remember that pet doors into the house or garage provide an easy entrance for rodents.
Keep side doors to the garage closed, especially at night.
Keep your trees trimmed, and your bushes and vines thinned. Make sure trees are trimmed back from the house at least 4 feet.
Keep lids on garbage cans.
Clean up all debris in the yard and storage areas.
Seal around your attic.
Don't leave pet food outside, especially at night.
Pick your citrus as soon as it is ripe. Remove any fallen citrus from the ground.
Store wood at least 18 inches above the ground and 12 inches away from walls.
Eliminate standing water and fix leaky faucets.
Black-Striped Snake Removal
If you’re confident that you do indeed have a black-striped snake in your house, and you want to deal with it yourself, try this: place a trashcan on the side of the snake, and use a broom or a similar tool to gently sweep it inside the trashcan. Relocate it well away from residential areas, and seal up any openings in your house where it can get back in.
If you have any doubt about which kind of snake you have, or if you suspect several, a call to a snake control company is warranted. we have more information on snake control and types of snakes here!