Rat Snake From Orlando Pool

A Rat Snake Extraction From A Pool In Orlando

A customer called today about a snake with stripes hanging out around their pool today.  They were very worried that it was venomous because of the stripes.  I got to the house as quickly as possible and asked the customer what the snake looked like and where they last saw it.  I like to have an idea of what I’m dealing with.  They said it was a yellow or orange snake with dark stripes running down its back from head to tail, an immediate sign that it was not venomous.  Anytime stripes are running vertically down the snake instead of across the width of the snake, it’s nonvenomous.  Knowing what I was dealing with, it was time to find the snake.

It had been twenty or thirty minutes since the customer initially called and nobody had been outside so there was a good chance the snake was still very close, probably somewhere in the pool enclosure.  I looked under planters, in the pool filter, and several other areas I typically find them with no luck.  I noticed the customer had a built in stainless steel corner grill and sink with cabinets underneath.  I opened one of the cabinets and looked around and didn’t see anything so I crawled in a little so I could get my head around the corner to see the area where there are no cabinets and voila, there was the snake.  It was a little too far for me to grab it with my hand and too tight an area to get my snake tongs in to reach it.  So I crawled out, grabbed my snake tongs and banged on the end the snake was under to scare it my way.  Once it came around the corner I swung the tongs around and nabbed it.  It was exactly how the customer described it, a harmless rat snake.

Snake Facts To Ponder

A lot of snakes look very menacing and dangerous if you don’t know what to look for.  Most people, whether they’re scared of them or not, know that a black snake is nonvenomous and essentially harmless.  Most people also could also spot a rattle snake because of its distinctive rattle and know that it is a very dangerous, venomous snake.  Beyond these two snakes, a lot of people don’t have the ability to tell whether a snake is venomous or nonvenomous.  A bright or multicolored snake, a snake with stripes, or a snake with rings or patterns down its back can very easily be mistaken for a venomous snake when it’s not.


snake removal from kitchen in Orlando
Snake Removal in Orlando



Hire A Professional

Critter Intruders: Why You Should Hire a Pro for Removal

At some point, almost every homeowner will find an unwanted guest in his or her home, and I’m not talking about a stepmother. These intruders can be anything from insects to larger mammals, such as raccoons or opossums. If you find yourself having a superfluous visitor in your home, you may be tempted to try to deal with it by yourself. However, this approach can often end up backfiring on you and creating more problems than it solves. The best approach is to hire a professional to remove the animals from your property.

Misinformation Misleads

It can seem easy to get rid of these pests, but if you do not know what you are doing, you are not likely to succeed. There are all sorts of misinformation available about how best to get rid of animal intruders, and so trying to use this advice will likely mean failure. You may even end up attracting more animals than you had in the first place. A professional service is going to know exactly what does and does not work, and so they will succeed the first time.

A professional animal removal service can also safely transport the animals away from your property so that they will not return. It is not enough to just drive away one animal at one point in time. You need to take steps to make sure that they do not come back again in the future. A professional service can help you assess your property so that you will know what attracted your unwanted guests in the first place. This way, you can make changes to ensure that they do not return again. With their years of experience in dealing with these pests, a professional service can give you lots of great pointers that you might not have thought of.

My Own Experience

As a homeowner myself, I’ve experienced problems with squirrels in the attic – This is one of the most frustrating problems to have, especially since it means that my roof contractor performed his job inadequately. Nevertheless, after many unsuccessful and harmful attempts at ridding of these pests, I called a professional. Everything was done humanely and securely, ensuring that the squirrels would never return.
Since they’ve been around it for so long, most pest control professionals are also very aware of these types of structural problems that cause infestations. So as far as the roof goes, that problem has also been taken care of. Not only did I benefit from the service, but I made out in the long haul as I was able to take care of structural problems that may have decreased the value of my home upon resale.

But the most important reason to hire a professional involves that of your family’s safety. Although furry and sometimes cute, wild animals are also quite dangerous. Professionals are trained in dealing with these animals and have the proper equipment and protective gear that is needed to safely remove them from your property. If you try to do it on your own, you risk injuring yourself and potentially contracting an unpleasant disease. Do not put yourself or your family at risk. If you are dealing with unwanted animals in your home or on your property, call a professional removal service right away.

By Erik Braunitzer, courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, agents for New York City Apartments.