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Snake Trapping, Removal and Control

Greater Birmingham, Alabama Area

A copperhead snake on the ground being held in a snare after being removed from under the porch of a house.

If there's anything we have plenty of in Alabama, that would be snakes. We have more than fifty different kinds of snakes, including about a dozen venomous ("poisonous") species.

The timber rattlesnake, shown in the picture on the right, is one of the venomous snakes found in Alabama. The others are the Eastern Coral Snake; the Northern and Southern Copperheads; the Eastern, Western, and Florida Cottonmouths; and the Eastern Diamondback, Canebrake, Dusky Pygmy, Carolina Pygmy, and Western Pygmy rattlesnakes.

That being said, most snakes in Alabama are harmless, and all of them are beneficial -- even the venomous ones. They do a great job keeping the rodent population down, for example. Rodents carry diseases and destroy crops, and therefore do a lot more harm to humans than snakes do. The venom of some snake species is also used to make medicines.

So all in all, snakes are beneficial animals that deserve to be respected and protected. They play an important role in the ecosystem.

The Problem with Snakes

The problem with snakes is that some of them are venomous, which makes them dangerous to have around our homes, schools, athletic fields, recreation areas, and other places where humans live, work, and play.

A Common garter Snake, coiled on some rocks and leaves

The common garter snake, always ready and eager to help you keep your garden rodent-free

Snakes are not vicious animals. They don't bite people for the sheer joy of it, but they do take offense when we go and step on them, which is easy to do because they spend so much time slithering around on the ground. Snakes also will strike if a human accidentally puts their hand too close to them, which is also easy to do. For example, a child reaching into some tall grass to retrieve a ball might be bitten if there's a snake in the grass.

To make matters worse, many snake species have similar appearances, making it difficult for the untrained eye to tell them apart. Many innocent, harmless snakes have lost their lives because of mistaken identity: They happened to look like a venomous specie, so someone went ahead and lopped their heads off.

Even the completely harmless and enormously helpful garter snake, which is one of the best friends a gardener can have because they help keep the rodents away, is all too often killed by people who don't know any better and who believe that all snakes are dangerous.

Finally, there are some people who simply hate snakes or are terrified of them, and who don't care whether or not they're venomous. They don't want them on their property.

Professional Snake Removal in the Birmingham, Alabama Area

There are two very good reasons why you should call a professional if you have snakes on your property.

The first reason, as we've already mentioned, is that most snakes are harmless, and even venomous snakes are beneficial when in an environment where they don't present a threat to humans, pets, or livestock. A professional snake control expert will be able to properly identify "your" snakes to avoid unnecessarily harming a snake that's just trying to help you grow your garden. And if it is necessary to remove a snake, we know how to do it humanely.

The second reason is that handling snakes is dangerous for amateurs. As we mentioned earlier, a lot of snakes have similar enough markings and coloration that non-professionals may have a hard time telling them apart, which of course puts them in danger if they try to remove snakes themselves.

The long and short of it is that if you have a snake problem, you really need to call a professional who knows how to identify and handle snakes. The wildlife management specialists at Rid-A-Critter all receive special training in the biology, identification, and handling of snakes, so please contact us instead. Snake control is not a do-it-yourself sort of job.

Snake Control Gallery

Here are pictures of some of the snake removal jobs we've done in Birmingham and throughout the Metro Birmingham area and its suburbs.

  • A copperhead snake removed from a garden in Birmingham, Alabama
    Copperhead snake caught in Birmingham, AL
  • Droppings found in an attic during a snake removal job in Birmingham, AL
    Snake droppings in an attic in Birmingham
  • A tiny yellow rat snake being held between a technicians thumb and finger
    Fierce rat snake removal job in Bessemer AL
  • An Eastern coral snake, one of the venomous snakes found in Georgia, on the ground
    Eastern coral snake, one of our venomous snakes
  • A king snake in the jaws of a snare, unharmed, being removed from a property
    King snake removal by one of our technicians
  • Technician wearing a rid a critter hat and a face mask holding a gray rat snake that he removed from the crawl space of a house in Trussville Georgia
    Gray rat snake removed from a crawl in Trussville
  • Snake control technician with a king snake captured in Oxford, Alabama
    King snake live-trapped in Oxford, Alabama
  • Baby copperhead snake coiled up inside a rain downspout with its head peeking out
    Baby copperhead snake in a rain down spout
  • Copperhead snake in a bucket after being removed from a house in Birmingam
    Copperhead removed from home in Birmingham
  • Close up of a copperhead's snake head. The snake is in a snare right behind its head.
    Close-up of a copperhead snake's head
  • A black racer snake coiled up on the sheet rock in between the joists in the unfinished attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Black racer snake in an attic in Birmingham
  • Copperhead snake being held in a snare after being removed from a garage
    Copperhead snake removed from a garage
  • A black rat snake trapped and removed from a crawl space in Birmingham, Alabama
    Snake removed from a home in Birmingham
  • A rattlesnake coiled around a snare pole after being caught and removed from the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Rattlesnake removed from an attic in Tuscaloosa
  • A copperhead snake in the grass on the ground after being trapped and removed from the back yard of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Copperhead removed from a yard in Birmingham
  • Copperhead snake in a Mountain Brook, Alabama garage
    Copperhead snake in a garage in Mountain Brook
  • Rat snake skins found in an attic during a Leeds, Alabama snake control job
    Rat snake skins found in an attic in Leeds
  • Snake in an attic in Moody, Alabama
    Attic snake control job in Moody, Alabama
  • A rubber snake on a porch support
    Rubber snake that customer thought was real
  • Snake removal expert with red-bellied water snake in Mountain Brook, AL
    Red-bellied water snake caught in Mountain Brook
  • Snake control expert Jason Arruda holding a tiny snake in his hand.
    Jason with a mighty snake. Don't try this at home!
  • A snake skin up in the rafters found at a Birmingham, AL snake removal job
    Snake skin in an attic in Birmingham
  • A hole in the insulation about the diameter of a quarter is actually the entrance to a burrow a snake made in the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Snake burrow in the attic insulation in Tuscaloosa
  • Black rat snake on the concrete floor of the garage of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Snake removed from a garage in Birmingham

For more information about snake removal or any of our wildlife management services, please call us today.

 

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Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
by Chris Collender
Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

Happy New years, back at it, started off in Conyers ga, squirrels, then headed to Stone Mountain ga, rats in the attic, now In Gainesville ga, bats in the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

Here's Wishing All of You a Merry Christmas from Rid-A-Critter!
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:56:04 pm.

Rain rain go away, i need to quote some houses today, started off Snellville ga, squirrels have chewed several new holes, paid 2 companies to do patch work , never works long term, why she called us, we will give her a permanent solution
by Chris Collender
Dec 20, 2022 12:54:00 pm.

Beautiful day but Baby, it’s cold outside. Started the day in Athens ga, rats, then headed to Brasselton, ga, rats, then headed over to Oxford, ga, squirrels. Good times
by Chris Collender
Dec 19, 2022 12:42:44 pm.

Back in conyers, ga today, seems to be busy over here, flyers in the attic, headed to Ellenwood, ga, square
by Chris Collender
Dec 16, 2022 09:53:13 am.

Beautiful day, had 2 stops in Dacula, ga. Rats and squirrels, headed to conyers, ga. For another squirrel job.
by Chris Collender
Dec 15, 2022 12:15:22 pm.

Busy day in the rain, had two quotes in Alpharetta ga, flying squirrels in both homes, headed to Athens ga, squirrels in the attic.
by Chris Collender
Dec 14, 2022 12:45:29 pm.

Quoted a rental property In Atlanta ga, rats, them headed to Athens, ga, mice, then off to Snellville ga, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2022 12:33:01 pm.

Finally no more rain, headed to Decatur ga, rental property, rats, headed to Monroe, ga, squirrels in a house, then back to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 12, 2022 03:51:16 pm.

Good day yesterday, other then the rain, started off in Dawsonville ga, rats, then headed to Lawrenceville ga, flyers, then headed to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 07, 2022 10:01:04 am.

Rainy day, started out in Duluth, ga, snakes found in the house, then headed to doraville ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Atlantic ga, rats. Busy day
by Chris Collender
Dec 05, 2022 03:25:03 pm.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

Happy thanksgiving to all, it’s back to work, was in Decatur ga, rats, to off to McDonough ga, rats again, the headed to Douglasville ga, for grey squirrels, then I just left Carrollton ga, bats in attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 28, 2022 12:25:45 pm.

The management, staff, and logo animals of Rid-A-Critter wish all of our customers, suppliers, and Web site visitors a Happy and Save Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from Rid-A-Critter
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

Went to Rome ga, squirrels for years, then off to Stone Mountain ga, previous customer new house, squirrels again. Headed to Bishop ga, guess for what, squirrels. Seems like theme
by Chris Collender
Oct 26, 2022 01:29:38 pm.

Back at in, was in McDonough ga for squirrels and presences of bats, off the Athens ga for squirrels in a metal roof, over to Gainesville ga, previous customer, we sealed his other house, has flyers in his new house, now headed to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Oct 24, 2022 01:35:08 pm.

Another busy day, Conyers ga for birds, then to peachtree city ga, bats/rats , headed to Atlanta ga and then to Decatur. Good times
by Chris Collender
Oct 21, 2022 03:14:28 pm.

Beautiful day today, was in Bremen ga for bats, then off to Fairburn ga for squirrels, up to Atlanta ga for rats, headed to Brookhaven ga for another quote, not sure the animal just yet
by Chris Collender
Oct 11, 2022 12:57:50 pm.

Busy day, quoted rats in doraville, then Cummings, rats and squirrels, then headed to Covington, he has had issues for some time, squirrels with several chewed wires
by Chris Collender
Oct 04, 2022 12:55:50 pm.

A handyman tried to use insulating foam to seal a two-inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia and keep squirrels out of the attic of a Birmingham, Alabama home. It didn't work, of course. It never does. We have a crew of squirrel-removal professionals properly animal-proofing the house, as well as trapping and relocating the existing squirrels.
by Webmaster
Sep 28, 2022 10:16:59 am.

I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

The Birmingham, Alabama office of Rid-A-Critter provides snake removal and control in Birmingham, Alabama and the the entire Metro Birmingham area including Anniston, Bessemer, Brighton, Chelsea, Fairfield, Heflin, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Jasper, Leeds, Midfield, Moody, Mountain Brook, Oxford, Pell City, Trussville, Tuscaloosa, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas. We are fully licensed and insured.

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