5 cleaning habits that attract snakes

If you are guilty of these cleaning habits, it won’t be long before you’ve got a problem on your hands.

Few people clean their homes for the sole purpose of making them look presentable. Keeping a tidy home is also the first step toward keeping pest problems at bay.

However, it’s not just rodents and roaches you’re fending off by ensuring that your space is clean as a whistle: experts say that avoiding certain cleaning and maintenance habits could be making your space look like an attractive hideout for snakes.

Before you find yourself faced with a slithering surprise, find out which cleaning habits could be attracting snakes to your space.

1. Don’t let your grass get too tall.

Snake in tall grass

If you want to reduce your risk of discovering a snake in your home, start by breaking out your mower.

“If you allow brush or tall grass and other plants to grow around your home, it will encourage all manner of pests to invade your home, snakes included,” says certified associate entomologist Brett Madden of AviAway Bird Control Services. “They like dark, damp areas, and tall unmanaged vegetation provides them just that.”

2. Don’t leave bird feeders out all year.

chipmunk eating birdseed on feeder
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While you may have hung that bird feeder in the hopes of seeing sparrows and starlings, it could be the reason you’ve got a snake problem in your home.

“When birds feed on the seeds, they always drop some on the ground, and if that is left there and not cleaned regularly then it will attract small rodents like chipmunks and mice, the exact type of prey snakes are looking for,” says Madden. “If snakes know that the birds and rodents will be in the same area continuously that is when you will start seeing them regularly.”

3. Don’t stack firewood against your house.

firewood stack
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Keeping firewood stacked against your home could be the reason you’re seeing snakes sneak into your space.

“Keep debris away from house edges. This includes firewood and any items that can provide habitat that attracts the food sources of snakes, including mice, lizards, and frogs,” says wildlife biologist and forester Brandon Buckelew, founder of Hunt for Conservation.

4. Don’t let crumbs sit on your counter.

messy counter covered in dirty plates
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While snakes won’t go into your house in search of crumbs on the counter, not cleaning up after meal prep could be attracting their prey—and in no time, snakes will follow.

“Keep your house clean and free of attractants for rodents. This includes unsealed food and crumbs in eating areas,” recommends Buckelew.

5. Don’t leave clutter around your space.

messy bedroom

cluttered household is more than just an eyesore: it could make your space a haven for snakes in a hurry.

“Be sure to keep the places that food sources, such as mice, can hide cleaned up,” says Buckelew. “This includes anything that can hide the signs of their presence, including droppings. If you see signs of mice or rats in your house, be sure to get an exterminator out to take care of that problem.” (bestlifeonline.com)

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