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All throughout Tampa, FL, you will find families spending time outside trying to soak up the sun and the temperate climate that is ever-present in the area. Hosting parties and games in the yard, taking a swim by the pool, and enjoying your outdoor garden are just a few of the ways Floridians choose to enjoy the outdoors. However, the emergence of snakes and moles tends to ruin the fun and sends everyone back indoors out of fright. Luckily, you don’t have to be afraid anymore with Critter Control of Tampa.

We are here to help you identify when a problem has emerged and show you what to do to both eradicate and prevent moles and snakes from returning. Continue reading to learn more about the most common snakes and moles found in Tampa, what the signs of a snake and mole infestation are, and methods to prevent and eradicate the problem. As always, when a mole infestation or snake infestation has occurred, call the professionals at Critter Control for top-notch critter control service.

Common Snakes and Moles Found in Tampa

In order to know the best course of action when it comes to a mole or snake infestation, it’s important to be able to identify the most common types of each. With moles, there is typically only one species that frequents Tampa homes: the eastern mole.

These small mammals are known to have gray fur, a pointy nose, small eyes, and large front paws used for scooping up dirt and wreaking havoc throughout your lawn. Eastern moles tend to be incredibly reclusive and are rarely seen. However, they leave plenty of evidence of their presence in the form of dirt mounds throughout your yard and extensive damage to your lawn.

Common Florida Snakes

Because of Florida’s climate and vegetation, snakes are quite common. There are 46 native species in Florida, 35 are found in Orlando and surrounding areas.  Many snakes are harmless and can help control the rodent population around your home. Seeing the occasional snake is generally not something to worry about. Seeing too many, or one too often, is a problem though. In addition, snakes inside your home can be extremely dangerous.

Remember though,  if you have snake issues on your property the problem won’t go away unless there is a snake prevention program.

There are several different types of snakes roaming Florida, both venomous and none.

Some of the more common snake varieties include:

  • Common King Snakes
  • Black Racer
  • Common Garter Snake
  • Rattlesnakes; Pygmy & Eastern Diamond-backed (Venomous)
  • Cottonmouth, or Water Moccasin (Venomous)
  • Coral Snake (Venomous)
  • Brown Watersnake

Rather shockingly, we also often get calls regarding Central Florida residents that release their pet Python or Boa Constrictor into the area.

When it comes to the most common venomous Florida snakes found around Tampa, be aware of:

  • Eastern diamondback rattlesnake
  • Pygmy rattlesnake
  • Florida cottonmouth

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is found all throughout Florida and can be seen hiding amid woodpiles seeking refuge. They are incredibly large, and their bites are very dangerous to humans and pets alike. However, they tend to avoid human contact and are not intentionally aggressive. It is best to simply avoid these snakes as they will only strike if they are disturbed.

In terms of their appearance, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes are both long and wide with a row of dark diamonds with brown centers all the way down their backs. There is a rattle at the end of the tail that generally remains above ground. Chances are you will hear the rattle of this snake before you see it, so listen closely if you are outside grabbing some wood from your pile.

Pygmy Rattlesnake

The pygmy rattlesnake is incredibly similar to the eastern diamondback in terms of aggression and danger. They also have a very dangerous and venomous bite, but they tend to steer clear of people unless provoked. Even though the temperaments of both rattlesnakes are the same, their appearances are where they differ.

In contrast to the eastern diamondback, the pygmy rattlesnake is very small in length but very wide. They are light to dark gray in color with a large red stripe running down their backs. They also have black or charcoal blotches along the red stripe and around the rest of the body. As with most rattlesnakes, their sound will most likely alert you of their presence before you see them, so keep your ears open.

Florida Cottonmouth

Given the blistering hot, tropical climate of Florida, taking a dip in the pool on hot summer days is a must. However, it’s important to check your pool before you decide to spend the day doing cannonballs or swimming laps to make sure it is clear of the Florida cottonmouth, otherwise known as water moccasins. Of all the snakes commonly found around Tampa, this one is the most feared, given its massive size and huge mouth.

Their bites are also extremely venomous, making them dangerous to be around. Florida cottonmouths are incredibly vicious and tend to strike without much warning. Before you or your kids jump into the pool, make sure you have checked thoroughly for Florida cottonmouths in and around the pool area. If you notice one, head back inside and call the experts at Critter Control of Tampa.

Signs of a Snake Infestation

While there are many snakes that do pose an imminent threat to you or your family, just the sight of them can cause a shiver to run down your spine. Luckily, there are some common signs to look for before coming face to face with one of these slithering creatures. If a snake has entered your home, you may find shed skin or snake droppings throughout your house. Since snakes don’t cause a lot of structural damage, these are your main signs of an infestation.

However, it is important to be aware that the emergence of snakes could be a sign of a rodent problem. Snakes tend to follow the food which means snakes may be invading your home because there are mice or rats present. Given the amount of damage rodents can cause if they are able to get in between your walls, it’s important to deal with that issue immediately.

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Signs of a Mole Infestation

Since moles tend to cause quite a bit of damage to your lawn, the most obvious signs of a mole are found outside. When moles have started digging their way through your yard, you will start to notice raised mounds of dirt at tunnel entrances and raised ridges crisscrossing the lawn and your garden beds. You may also find areas of your lawn that are soggy or spongy or discolored grass where moles have dug through roots.

Treatment Methods for Getting Rid of and Preventing Mole and Snake Infestations

The best way to get rid of both snakes and moles from your yard is to call our trained technicians at Critter Control. Given the dangerous nature of certain species of snakes and the tricky nature of catching a mole, it is best to leave them be and let us handle it. However, there are a few at-home steps you can take to prevent mole and snake infestations from occurring in the first place.

When it comes to mole prevention, one step you can take is by creating a barrier around your garden to keep them out of your vegetable and flower gardens. You can also remove their food sources of grubs and insects from your yard, so they won’t have anything to feed on when they arrive. For snakes, sealing up cracks and entryways is incredibly important to keeping them out of your home. You also need to keep rodents under control in order to also take away their food source.

While these preventive measures may do a great job of discouraging snakes and moles from entering your home or lawn, the best method is contacting Critter Control of Tampa for the best pest protection in the area.

Snake Control in Tampa

Whether you are trying to get rid of already existing snakes in your home or just trying to prevent them, we can help. After determining the cause of snakes or potential points of entry, we will safely and humanely remove any snakes that are present as well as leave you with a comprehensive plan of action to prevent them from returning. At Critter Control, we are your go-to for the best snake control service in Tampa.

Mole Control in Tampa

Even after moles have been trapped and removed from an area, the damage they leave in your yard can be extensive. There is also a possibility of them returning and causing even more costly damage. The best way to protect your yard from extensive damage is to have a preventive plan in place with Critter Control. We will help you preserve the beauty of your yard using a variety of wildlife control techniques.

Protect Your Lawn with Mole and Snake Removal Services From Critter Control of Tampa

For high-quality Tampa pest control services, come to Critter Control. We are ready to help you fix all your critter problems. From Florida snake control to mole control, we are the go-to place for friendly service and highly trained personnel. Call Critter Control of Tampa for a free phone estimate or to schedule services today.

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