Snake Pest Control
Only three types of snakes are indigenous to the UK. These are:
- Grass snake
- Smooth snake
Grass and smooth snakes are harmless. The adder is venomous and potentially harmful. The law protects these snakes and therefore, they aren’t classed as pests. Protected by the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act, it is illegal to kill the grass snake, smooth snake or adder.
Indigenous snakes are rapidly declining in the UK, primarily due to the loss of habitat.
There is also a slow worm, which may look snake-like but is actually a legless lizard.
Adders are native to rough grass and heaths and are rare in the majority of the UK because of the loss of habitat due to an increase in agricultural and urban sprawl. Females are brown, and males are grey- black, in colour but both have the distinctive markings. They give birth to live young, usually at the summer’s end or early autumn. They are the UK’s only venomous snake. They feed on small mammals, particularly voles. Their venom kills these creatures. Bites to humans are rare and not usually troublesome because of their mild venom. Medical attention is advised if bitten.
Smooth snakes are rare in the UK. The smooth snake is usually two feet in length; they are grey or grey-brown in colour with a distinctive butterfly marking on their head. Smooth snakes do not live in domestic gardens as they prefer heath land, most often in the south of England.
Grass snakes are the most common of the UK snakes They are larger than the other snakes, up to two and a half feet in length. They live close to water and in open grassland or woodland. If your garden is close to any of these habitats, you may find a grass snake in your garden. They lay eggs and compost heaps are a favourite laying site. Garden ponds with fish and amphibians attract grass snakes as they feed on both of these. They pose no threats to humans.
Non- Indigenous Snakes
Escaped exotic pets are the most likely reason for encountering a snake not native to the UK. Many of these snakes are venomous or constricting and do pose a potential risk to humans.
How to be safe around snakes
Here are some tips to stay safe when around snakes:
- Don’t panic
- Do not touch the snake
- Do not provoke the snake
- Do not harm the snake
- Do not attempt to restrain the snake
- Try to identify which snake you have found
You are unlikely to see an Adder in a garden or domestic settings. They can bite but the venom isn’t usually dangerous to humans. Grass snakes are the most common and completely harmless to humans. If you encounter an exotic snake, follow the advice above but contact the R.S.P.C.A for advice, do not attempt to touch or move the snake in case its bites you.
For further advice on snakes or to call us out following a snake sighting, please contact the Speedy Pest Control team on 0800 690 6920.
Snakes Pest Control
Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears.We can get rid of diifferent types of techniques.
Thickly-planted gardens,Mulch (especially straw mulch) in the gardens,Tall grass (you mentioned your grassy hill–prime snake habitat),Bird feeders (which attract mice & insects, which attract snakes),Ground-level water sources (birdbaths, ponds, puddles, etc.),Compost piles,Wood and brush piles (any wood on the ground where they can hide)Ground-level access to buildings — under the porch, garage, crawlspace