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Snake Removal and Control

Snake on the sill plate of a house in Chattanooga Tennessee

Snakes are legless reptiles in the taxonomic order Squamata and suborder Serpentes. They are overwhelmingly beneficial animals. All snakes are carnivores, and their diets include rodents, ticks, and agricultural pests that do far more harm than the snakes ever will. Even venomous snakes should be humanely captured by wildlife-control professionals (like us) and released elsewhere, rather than being killed, whenever possible.

We have at least 34 species of snakes in Tennessee, of which only four species are venomous:

All the rest of our Tennessee snakes are non-venomous, and if they're just slithering around on your land and not bothering anyone, leaving them be is a perfectly- acceptable option. Consider them a free rodent-control crew.

Of course, unless you're an expert who can accurately identify snakes on sight, you should avoid approaching any snake. It's easy to mistake venomous snakes for harmless ones if you don't know what to look for. In addition, even non-venomous snakes can deliver nasty bites if they feel threatened.

When is Snake Removal Necessary?

There are three situations in which snake removal is necessary:

One reason why having snakes inside your house is unacceptable (in addition to all the reasons why you don't want any wild animals living in your home) is because snakes inside a house usually indicate a rodent problem. Once in a while they'll come inside because they like the temperature (being cold-blooded animals, they can't regulate their body temperatures any other way); but usually, they come in because they smell rodents and are looking for lunch.

Regardless of why a snake gets inside a house, most people would rather that other snakes not get the same idea. That's why we recommend sealing your home or building to prevent snakes from getting inside even if there's no sign of a rodent problem. Sealing out snakes will also seal out mice and other rodents, however; so the biggest difference between a snake-proofing job at a house without a rodent problem and one with a rodent problem is that if you have a rodent problem, we'll trap and remove the rodents, as well. Sealing up the house is pretty much the same either way.

When you have venomous snakes outside your home (or any snakes at all if you just don't like them), we usually just trap them, take them elsewhere, and release them. Unlike the case with most of our wildlife-control services, we obviously can't guarantee that new snakes won't come around to visit. But we can apply snake repellants that do a pretty good job of keeping the area around your house snake-free. If you just want to keep snakes out of your house, however, we can accomplish that entirely non-chemically.

In a nutshell, venomous snakes in areas that people or domestic animals use, or non-venomous snakes inside a home or building, should be removed and relocated; but whether or not to remove non-venomous snakes living outside your home is a personal decision that mainly depends on how you feel about snakes. In any case, the snakes should be treated with respect and the problem handled humanely and without harming the animals, if at all possible.

Snake Control Gallery

Here are a few randomly-selected pictures of snakes we've met in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area and elsewhere.

Please contact us to learn more about our non-chemical mouse-control services in the Chattanooga, Tennessee metropolitan area. We look forward to hearing from you.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Picture of a Rat Snake in the Grass outside a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2020 10:18:47 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.

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.

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.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

We Had a Fake Snake Removal Call at a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Feb 24, 2020 08:35:44 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
by Dean Scott
Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

Going to Bainbridge Ga today for quotes for exclusions. Bats, rats and gray squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 23, 2020 11:05:03 am.

Excited to be at the Athens pest control conference this week. Let’s talk about wildlife and what services we provide to help.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 06, 2020 11:57:03 am.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 am.

Want to put a stop to those pesky critters getting in your home for good? We can do that!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:14:14 pm.

Heard it all. Squirrels in my attic, scratching noises in my attic, attic noises, animals partying in my attic, then there’s the crawlspace. Rats in my crawlspace, opossum in my crawlspace and there’s something dead in my crawlspace/attic.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:07:59 pm.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2019 11:07:00 am.

Just want to say. I’m so grateful for the relationships we have with the pest control companies in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee. Thank you all for the referrals.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

The Chattanooga, Tennessee office of Rid-A-Critter provides snake removal and control in the Chattanooga, Tennessee Metro Area, including the counties of Hamilton, Marion, and Sequatchie, Tennesee and the cities and towns of Collegedale, Dunlap, East Brainerd, East Ridge, Harrison, Jasper, Lakeview, Middle Valley, Red Bank, Signal Mountain, Soddy-Daisy, and their surrounding areas.

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