Snakes are an important part of our ecosystem, controlling rodent and insect populations, and providing food for other predators. Despite these benefits, you still don’t want snakes living at your place of business. But how can you get rid of them, and can pest control specialists help? The question is a complicated one for New Jersey business owners, but removal and prevention are possible with a legally compliant, humane approach. To learn more, take a closer look at pest control for snakes with Horizon Pest Control
Legal Limits on Pest Control for Snakes
If your property becomes infested with termites, ants, or mice, many options are available to tackle the problem. The same can’t be said for snakes, which are protected by the New Jersey Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act. This law makes it illegal to harm or kill native snake species or remove them from the wild. Accordingly, poison, deadly traps, and other lethal treatments are not permitted within the state, and those who use them may face substantial fines.
Business owners should also keep in mind that encounters with poisonous snakes are rare, as New Jersey is home to just two species within the 22 total species in the state. Most snakes are harmless and much more likely to rush for cover than bother humans.
This doesn’t mean that you must learn to coexist with snakes, however. Instead, removal services from a trusted pest control specialist, like Horizon Pest Control, and simple preventative steps, can keep your property free from snakes today and in the future.
Snake Removal and Control Strategies
If you’ve noticed snakes in your place of business, do not try to trap them or drive them away. Instead, call a pest control specialist immediately. These highly trained technicians understand how best to humanely trap snakes and relocate them safely per state and local regulations.
Once existing snakes have been removed, the technician can use integrated pest management (IPM) to keep others from getting inside. IPM uses a combination of strategies to exclude wildlife, insects, and rodents from your property without harsh chemicals or inhumane traps. The tech will examine your property and suggest simple steps to keep snakes away, including:
- Sealing cracks, gaps, and holes in walls and foundations
- Sealing window frames and installing screens
- Installing chimney caps
- Screening crawlspace vents
- Regularly mowing grass and trimming trees, shrubs, and bushes
- Removing mulch and large rocks from landscaping if possible
- Training workers to keep doors and windows closed, blocking access
- Eliminating food and water sources that attract snakes
- Inspecting packages for snakes, rodents, and other pests that may travel inside
- Installing fencing
It is not recommended that you try to drive snakes away with chemicals, including ammonia, mothballs, or sulfur. These methods are ineffective and create toxic hazards for workers and site visitors.
Get Help with Pest Control for Snakes in Central and Northern NJ
There’s no need to panic if you see snakes inside your property. Instead, contact Horizon Pest Control to learn more about commercial pest control for Central and Northern New Jersey businesses. We’ve served residential and commercial clients alike since 1970 with expert pest elimination and premier customer service. For additional information, call 888-612-2847 to schedule a consultation and request a free quote.