If you haven’t done so already, check out our page on Rattlesnake Biology to take the additional step of arming yourself with knowledge so you understand when and where you’ll encounter rattlesnakes. The only venomous snakes in the San Diego County area (coastal and mountain regions) are rattlesnakes, and we’ve had an influx of calls for them during the Summer season.

Also, we like to educate our clients with facts, myths and information so you understand how snakes help our ecosystem, so visit our News Articles page for information on rattlesnakes and other wildlife.

The first thing you should do when you see a snake is leave the snake alone and walk away. The second thing you need to do is call a professional like Wildlife Removal Services.

We’ve seen all three species of the rattlesnakes indigenous to the San Diego County area on our service calls lately, as they’re increasing their home range to include your front and backyards (or business property). Please call us if you’re dealing with any kind of wildlife; we’ll answer your questions and at the very least be able to give you an idea of what you’re dealing with, and we handle emergency situations ASAP.

At Wildlife Removal Services, we make it our mission to communicate what kind of services we provide so we’re both on the same page, and so you know what to expect from true professionals. These are some of our methods for snake removal and prevention.

Snake Removal

Courtesy of Wildlife Removal Services, snake traps and exclusion devices.

Wildlife Removal Services removes snakes onsite, by hand. We have special gear and equipment to handle, catch, and transport snakes for relocation. Another method we like to use is our snake traps.

Snake traps: snake traps are set in areas where snakes have been regularly seen.

  • Box snake trap: It looks like a parcel box you’d see at the post office, except it’s made of corrugated plastic that way it works in damp and humid weather. The snake trap has a glue board to safely immobilize both venomous and non-venomous snakes and keep them trapped in the box. We can also put scent triggers in the box to attract the snake.
  • Tube snake trap: As seen the larger photo in the collage above the tube snake trap is the tube version of the box snake trap. Adhesive is applied inside to immobilize the snake and trap it. Its perpendicular design allows for entrance from three ends. The shape and size create a habitat that attracts snakes because they prefer tubes for hiding and waiting for prey.


Snake Prevention

Rattlesnakes will take over an area and make it their home range until resources dwindle, so there are a few Do-It-Yourself (DIY) snake prevention methods you can employ yourself, as they pertain to habitat modification.

Habitat modification: Prevent snakes from living in or around your property and structures by removing hiding spots, foraging areas, and food sources.

  • Trim back foliage:
    • Mow grass and remove weeds around buildings and at the bottom of fencerows (use an edger).
  • Remove debris, which includes the following:
    • Rock piles, tree branches, firewood and woodpiles, bricks, underbrush, household debris on the ground, etc.
    • Keep firewood stacked at least 12 inches above the ground and away from your house.
  • Cover drain pipes with 1/4-inch hardware cloth (metal mesh screen, as seen in photos above and below).
  • Seal all holes, cracks and crevices around the perimeter of your house or building, including the driveway, patio, and steps.

Rodent control:

  • Block entry points: Rodents (e.g., rats, mice, squirrels, etc.) are a food source. Remove the food source and the snakes will stay away. We use hardware cloth to block all potential entry points of rodents like you see in the before and after photos above.
  • Rodent control using rodenticides: The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) banned the use of rodenticides in July 2014 for consumer use. Only licensed professionals such as Wildlife Removal Services are licensed under the Structural Pest Control Board to use them. They are highly effective. So much so, that California requires permits to use them because of their potential effect on health and the environment (wildlife). We inspect your property to see if your situation warrants the use of rodenticides, and we proceed with caution (safety first for everyone involved).

    • We place rodenticide traps where rodents have been seen, but out of the reach and access of children and pets.
    • We promptly remove dead rodents and comply with California laws and DPR regulations for using rodenticides.
    • Our aim is to be as humane as possible to wildlife.

Snake Exclusion

Snake fencing barriers are the best physical barrier to stop snakes from entering your yard. The materials we use are simple:

  • 1/4-inch hardware cloth (galvanized mesh)
  • Stakes, screws, concrete anchors, etc.

We like to make sure the fence is at least 36 inches tall to prevent large snakes from entry and keep those baby rattlers out with 1/4-inch hardware cloth. We bury the bottom 3 or 4 inches or bend outward 3 or more inches of the base of the wire to discourage other animals from digging under the fence. We put the stakes on the inside and install a gate that is tight-fitting at the sides and bottom, equipped with a self-closing spring. The benefit of the fence will be lost if wood, junk, or thick vegetation accumulates against the outside of the fence.

Snake Repellent

Unfortunately, there are no effective repellents on the market for snakes. ALL natural repellents are ineffective and yes, that includes mothballs.

You may have read or heard of people using lime powder (i.e., caustic lye). DO NOT USE THIS! YOU WILL CAUSE SERIOUS HARM TO CHILDREN, PETS, AND OTHER WILDLIFE!!

There are companies claiming to sell gels, powders, ropes, and other forms of snake deterrents, but these are also ineffective and a scam. The best thing you can do is call the snake removal professionals (we hope you’ll choose us, Wildlife Removal Services), and at least get an estimate, but DO NOT wait until you have a snake infestation.

About Wildlife Removal Services

Offering humane wildlife removal services to San Diego, Orange, and Temecula counties.

With over 9 years of experience Wildlife Removal Services should be your first choice when calling a Wildlife Removal Specialist.

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San Diego – 619-786-6440 Temecula – 951-296-0286 Orange County – 714-421-4793