Q: How does a rattlesnake removal service call work?
A: If you have a rattlesnake that is currently present at your home, property, or business, you can call us at any time of day to get it captured & removed. When you call, you will likely be asked a couple quick questions about the snake and what it’s doing in order to gauge the situation. After confirming with you our removal fee, we’ll give you our ETA and respond immediately. Generally, when we get an emergency call, we’re in the car and on the road within 1 – 2 minutes. Upon arrival and greeting you, we’ll do what is required to capture the snake, and give you an idea about why he or she was there. Additionally, during a visit we can also give you some tips on how to reduce the odds of this reoccurring.
Q: How fast will you arrive to remove a rattlesnake?
A: Fast. Generally, we arrive to about 75% of emergency calls well within an hour, with the average arrival time between 15 – 30 minutes. It of course depends on your location as well as ours. For example, we may be leaving from our home base in Rocklin to head your way — or, we could very well already be in your area on another call.
Q: Why should I choose removal over trying to kill it?
A: It’s entirely up to you on how you approach a rattlesnake encounter at your home, property, or business. Attempting to kill the snake is the fastest way to significantly complicate the encounter. Rattlesnakes are not looking for confrontation, and are often simply looking for a place to hunt, to shelter from the elements, or simply to take a nap. Attempts to kill the rattlesnake often go awry, and lead to the rattlesnake getting into a hiding spot that is inaccessible to you to protect itself. If you injure a snake and it is able to escape into a spot that is inaccessible to you, it almost certainly guarantees it will stay there for a prolonged period of time due to the fact it is injured and in pain — in no shape to leave.
Q: The rattlesnake got into a tight space. Should I still call?
A: In most cases where a rattlesnake slips into a tight spot, we’re still able to successfully remove it. These situations include instances where the snake slips into a rock retaining wall, under a rock/rock outcrop, into a brick wall, burrow, or even under your home.
Q: I can’t see the rattlesnake anymore. Should I call you?
A: This depends on how much time has passed since your last visual sighting, in addition to what kind of cover (hiding places) are in the immediate vicinity. If it has been more than a few hours since the sighting, it’s possible it could have moved on. However, if the snake was seen near a dense bush, rocks/boulders, or near other material where it could disappear into or under, it is quite possible it could still be hanging out where it is concealed. Generally speaking, the more time that passes, the more likely it is the snake is gone. That said, the more hiding places there are between where the snake was last seen and a neighboring yard/property, the more likely it could be in one of those places of cover.
Q: How much does it cost to get a rattlesnake removed?
A: Placer Snake Removal charges based on drive time/distance, and we are the only local rattlesnake removal service that makes our service rates public. Click here to view our pricing. Generally, most emergency rattlesnake removal service calls run between $150 and $250, — a drop in the bucket compared to complications from an accidental snake bite, or from the unease and restfulness that stems from not knowing where the snake may go otherwise.
Q: What happens with the snakes you catch/remove?
A: All snakes we capture are relocated to very remote mountainous terrain, miles from any homes, structures, and high-traffic areas.
Q: What should I do after calling you until you arrive?
A: We almost always ask that you simply monitor the snake from a distance until we arrive. This is to ensure the snake doesn’t move to a strange place and so there is a solid line on where the snake is. Most of the time, if a snake knows he or she is being watched, they will remain still so you don’t follow them to their safe hiding place.
Q: If I don’t want to get it removed, what can I do instead?
A: In cases where removal isn’t an option for any reason, we generally advise giving the snake space for the rest of the day. In most cases, the snake will leave and continue being a snake elsewhere. If it turns out the snake is there to hunt or shed its skin, though, it may stick around a bit longer. That said, if you don’t see rattlesnakes often in the same general area, it reduces the odds of that being the case somewhat.
Q: Should I get every rattlesnake I encounter removed?
This is subjective and highly dependent on your situation. If rattlesnakes are part of life at your home or property and encountered somewhat often, removing every snake is probably not necessary. Usually, removal is most advisable in situations where a rattlesnake is in a high-traffic area or in a spot that puts you in close proximity to it often. These areas can include inside of your garage, in a garden, on the patio, deck, walkways, entryways, and so forth. If you encounter a rattlesnake in a spot away from high-traffic areas, and you can give it space, it will likely leave in the same day. That said, if you have children or pets — ensuring they avoid the area for a day or two is essential.