Is it ok to have a snake in your basement? Will it kill rats or mice?

I have a snake in the basement, should I leave it there?


Snake in basement in North Carolina


So you have a snake living in your basement. The question is, should you leave it there? Are you hoping that is will leave you alone and just kill any rats or mice under your house? If you’re anything like Indiana Jones, your first impulse will be to want it gone as soon as possible. That is where our Clegg’s Wildlife Control team comes in. We have decades of experience in snake removal across North Carolina, and can help remove any snakes on your property. However, maybe you don’t mind the idea of a snake living in your basement, and are content to simply leave it alone there. In that case, it would be good to know what kind of snake you have.

The majority of the snakes native to North Carolina are not venomous, and therefore do not pose much danger to you if they are living underneath your house. For a detailed list of all the snakes native to North Carolina, and images of each, check out this handy snake guide from NC State! If you are looking to remove a snake from your property, however, be careful and don’t kill it! Many people’s first thought when they see a snake is “Where is my shovel?” In reality, snakes are more scared of you than you are of them. Plus, most snake bites occur when people are trying to kill or handle a snake. Most of the time, if you approach a snake they will hurry off in the opposite direction. If you are worried about a snake in your yard or basement being around your kids or pets however, call our Clegg’s Wildlife Control team at (888) MRCLEGG and we will come remove it ASAP.


Can a snake get in the house through a toilet?

Interestingly enough, this is one of the most common questions our Clegg’s Wildlife Control team gets from our customers. Many people appear to have heard of someone who found a snake in their toilet without explanation. Well, if you are afraid of snakes we would recommend that you visit another page without reading on for the answer. Why? Because the answer is yes. A snake can in fact get into your house through the pipes and your toilet. It is rare, but it has happened and it is possible. Want the proof? Check out this National Geographic video of a live snake being pulled out of a toilet in Thailand. Apparently this is not only the stuff of nightmares! Not to worry though, this is a very rare occurrence, and you will likely go to the bathroom in peace your entire life without ever seeing a snake lounging inside the toilet bowl.


Snake found in toilet


How can I prevent snakes around my house?

If you are not a fan of snakes, or want to keep them away from your kids or pets, there are some simple steps for snake prevention at your home.

  1.  Trim back any large bushes around the perimeter of your home, and cut down heavy brush by your house. Snakes love to hide away in dense areas of wood and leaf, so trimming this back will give them less options for a home.
  2. Move rock piles and wood piles away from your home. These are notorious places for snakes to make their home. Having a pile of rocks or wood by your house is like putting up a for-sale listing for any snakes living around your property. Removing these piles, or moving them away, will keep the snakes from living close to your home.
  3. Seal small spaces or gaps around the exterior perimeter of the house, as well as entry points like doors or garage doors. If you have any small holes that would permit entry to your home or basement, these will need to be sealed to prevent snakes from entering your property.

Follow these steps and you should be well on your way to a snake-free home in no time. However, if you want some professional help protecting your NC home or business from snakes, or removing one that has moved in, call us at (888) MRCLEGG. Our Wildlife Control specialists know all the tips and tricks when it comes to snake control and removal. What are you waiting for? Call us now and put that experience to work for you today!