The fall season is almost upon us here in San Antonio, and as the summer wanes, so do those pesky summer pests. With the arrival of cooler temperatures, however, comes a whole new host of critters too.  

Texas pests can be an extreme yet unavoidable annoyance to homeowners. While these creatures are bothersome year-round, fall pests can be particularly troubling as the cooler weather might drive them into your house. Be sure to keep an eye out for the following home invaders:

  • Kudzu bugs
  • Fire Ants
  • Grubs
  • Spiders
  • Rodents

Kudzu Bugs

The kudzu bug is an invasive species that is originally native to Asia. Kudzu bugs arrived in the United States in 2009, first appearing in Georgia, and have since been identified throughout Texas and in San Antonio.

While kudzu bugs are not particularly dangerous and won’t necessarily cause you any home or property damage, they do emit an offensive odor when killed, as they’re related to stink bugs. If you do see a kudzu bug in your home and want to avoid any foul smells indoors, trying to capture the bug and take it back outdoors might be your best course of action.

Fire Ants

If you’re native to Texas or San Antonio then you’re probably already aware that fire ants are one of the most common fall pests in the area. Similar to kudzu bugs, fire ants are an invasive species that arrived in the United States from South America. They don’t hesitate to sting or attack anything that comes close to, or threatens, their nest. 

Fire ants are typically more active in the fall as they will be searching for food to sustain their colonies throughout the winter. While we might typically advise you to steer clear of fire ants because of their unforgiving stings, you should definitely address these painful Texas pests if they appear in your home or are active on your lawn this season. At Apple Pest Control, we offer ant control services and organic service options that can help address your infestation issues. 

Grubs/Other Small Insects

Small insects such as mosquitoes and grasshoppers can be troublesome and hang around your home well after the Texas summer heat has abated. Grubs are one pest that, although they’re small, can pose a large problem to many Texans as they emerge during the fall season. 

In the fall, insect eggs left behind during the summer begin to hatch. The grubs that emerge from these eggs will then begin to eat away at your grass’ roots, causing much of your lawn to turn brown and die. In this way, grubs can cause extremely expensive lawn damage and completely transform your home’s outward appearance and appeal. 

Spiders

When grubs, small insects, and other tiny Texas pests enter your home they can also attract spiders. While most spiders are harmless and will actually help you eliminate some fall pests, San Antonio is also home to some dangerous species of spiders like brown recluses and black widows. 

While you can address spiders in your home by eliminating other pests first and destroying any webs that appear indoors, you should contact professionals if you identify any dangerous species in your home or think you might have a spider infestation.

Rodents

Rodents are one of the most common fall pests in Texas. Be sure to seal any cracks or openings in your home’s exterior, because once these pests enter your home they can cause a variety of (potentially expensive) issues. 

Once they enter your home, rodents tend to chew through wires, damage insulation, break drywall, urinate and spread feces. Rodents also multiply rather quickly, so a singular rodent in your home can quickly turn into a number of rodents in a rather short period of time. In the event that rodents are multiplying in your home, you should seek out rodent control services in the San Antonio area. 

Pest Problem? Contact Us!

It’s very likely that you’ll encounter at least one of these common Texas pests this fall. When you do, we’re here to help. At Apple Pest Control we’re family-owned and operated, and we prioritize providing honest and dependable services to our clients. Our pest control specialists provide a wide range of services, including ant, mosquito, and rodent control. 

Contact us at Apple Pest Control if you have a pest problem that you need professional help addressing. Make an appointment or request services through our website to start addressing your fall pest problems and infestations as soon as possible. If it bugs you, it bugs Apple! Schedule your pest control services today.

Bed bugs are common pests known to hide in couches and mattresses. The National Pest Association states that 92% of infestations are discovered after bites appear. There are many ways to prevent and remove bed bugs from your home. 

How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on blood, leaving behind nasty, itchy bites. They tend to be left in a cluster or line and may be accompanied by a rash. While not dangerous, these bites may cause a severe allergic reaction in some cases. In this instance, it’s advised to seek medical attention. 

About the size of an apple seed, these bugs can go undetected for weeks at a time. Some discover an infestation after being bitten. Others have reported a foul odor on their sheets. Signs to look out for include:

  • Small Bloodstains
  • Reddish Stains
  • Fecal Stains
  • Eggs
  • Shell Casings

These bugs are visible to the naked eye. If you spot a brown, oval-shaped insect on your sheets, it’s time to call pest control.

What Is The Main Cause Of Bed Bugs?

Contrary to common belief, bed bugs aren’t attracted to filth. Clutter only allows them to hide and go undetected. In fact, they can be found in even the cleanest of homes. 

Bed bugs are hitchhikers. They can sneak into your home from many places, most notably from:

  • Hotels/ Motels
  • Public Transport
  • Second-hand Stores
  • Others’ Homes
  • Work

Due to their small size, it’s often difficult to tell where bed bugs may be hiding. Public places are where most people pick up these pests. Bed bugs can hitch a ride on items placed on infected areas, such as luggage in hotel rooms. 

Once they’re in your home, you may not notice until you wake up with bites. Be aware of the signs of bed bugs when in public places, and note any musty odors. 

How Do You Deter Bed Bugs?

Aside from watching for the signs of these insects in public places, there are several ways to prevent a bed bug infestation in your home. Here are six ways to deter bed bugs:

Store Clothing in Vacuum Sealed Bags

Storing your clothes in vacuum-sealed bags is a good habit when traveling. This will stop bed bugs and other pests from hitching a ride in your luggage. As most cases of bed bugs originate from hotels, this is a good prevention practice.

Vacuum Often

Should bed bugs enter your home, vacuuming can save you from an infestation. Besides mattresses, bed bugs can hide in carpets and couches. After vacuuming, make sure to properly remove the waste so that the bugs don’t find their way back inside.

Clean Cluttered Areas

While messes don’t attract bed bugs, it offers a prime place for them to hide. Clutter against walls is especially at risk for these pests to sneak into. The more cluttered your home, the more difficult it will be to get rid of an infestation should it happen. 

Cover Mattress

As their name implies, bed bugs are primarily found in beds. Covering your mattress completely can help protect it from an infestation. Ensure that the coverings are durable and securely cover the mattress. Any folds or holes near the zipper can let in bed bugs. 

Check Pets for Bugs

These pests don’t only go after humans. Dogs and cats can carry bed bugs on them, as well. This could not only result in an infestation, but your pets could also get bit up. Regularly check your pets for any signs of bugs before they’re let inside. 

Check Secondhand Items

Finally, be sure to thoroughly inspect any secondhand items. Furniture, clothing, and electronics from previous owners could carry bed bugs. A quick check of these items can prevent the need to call pest control. 

How Do You Remove Bed Bugs?

Bed bug removal depends on the severity of the infestation. After identifying the areas of infection, you can use a variety of bug sprays and traps to get rid of the pests. 

But sometimes the infestation won’t be so easily dealt with. Bed bug pest control can prove difficult with how small the insects are. Contact Apple Pest Control today for a professional inspection and extermination!

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Summer offers many great opportunities for swimming, vacations, waterparks, and many more fun activities but it also brings the heat and the vicious mosquitos along with it! Don’t let these bugs ruin your summer by using these natural remedies to not only keep them away, but relieve the itchy bites in no time. 

Am I Allergic Or Is It Just A Mosquito Bite?

For starters, only female mosquitoes bite in order to nourish their developing eggs with the richest blood they can find. Even worse, they prefer to bite in places of the body that have blood vessels closest to the surface. When these female mosquitoes bite, they inject a small amount of saliva into the bite so your blood doesn’t clot. Our bodies react by producing histamine which then triggers inflammation, irritation, and itching. 

Natural Mosquito Repellents 

Even though it may seem impossible to keep the mosquitos off of you, there are some natural repellents that can help avoid all of those annoying bites. If possible, place a barrier between your skin and the bugs to avoid being vulnerable. Most of the time in the heat of summer the less clothing, the better so that is when natural repellents come in handy. Most chemically-based repellents are harmful to our bodies in the long run, so consider these natural repellents

  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus has been proven to be effective and safe for individuals 3 years and older. Some chemically-based repellents include this oil already, so why not just take the toxic chemicals out of the equation. 
  • Garlic oil tablets or juice rubbed directly on the skin could potentially fight off the vicious mosquitoes. Some people even swear by eating slivered garlic to ward off the summer pests in order for them to not even be attracted to your sweat. 
  • Apple cider vinegar either rubbed on the skin or used in your food could also prevent any insects, but especially mosquitoes from biting you. 

Best Way to Relieve Bites and Itching 

Icing the mosquito bite area right after it happens can reduce swelling and itching immediately. Even though itching the bite is the fastest relief, it will only make it worse. Consider applying a hydrocortisone cream and wait for that to take the annoying itch away. If you wish to stay away from harsh chemicals, white vinegar, baking soda, and oatmeal are all great things to rub on a bite in order to relieve the itch and irritation. 

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away 

Even though it may not always be possible to keep 100% of the mosquitoes away, keeping them at a minimum is a far better solution. The biggest concern is whether or not there is any standing water available on your property because that is the best breeding ground for a mosquito. If you are into gardening, there are many plants that help keep the mosquitoes away which include:

  • Basil
  • Anise 
  • Coriander 
  • Marigolds 
  • Chrysanthemums 
  • Asters 
  • Daises 

If you do not wish to go through the upkeep of plants or herbs then you could always burn a little sage or rosemary over coals to repel mosquitoes. Even just providing the burning smell of the various plants they do not favor could keep them away. 

There is a long list of sworn remedies that keep away mosquitoes, but Apple Pest Control guarantees that all of these will do the trick. We also offer services to treat the exterior of your home and inspect for mosquito-prone areas in order to kill existing mosquitoes and prevent those females from laying more eggs. Contact us today for any of your pest-related needs!

It seems like flies are everywhere and multiply by the second during the summer. Once you think you’ve gotten them all, another one shows up and it almost seems never-ending! At times it can seem hopeless trying to get all of the flies out of your space. Lucky for you, there are quite a few different ways that you can repel and/or prevent flies from invading the inside and outside of your home! Today, we’re here to help you with 4 ways you can keep the flies away during the summer. 

Hang Up A Bag Of Water

This method is one of the old-fashioned ways of repelling flies. By hanging a bag of water up in the area that you’re trying to keep them out of most (usually in an outdoor area), light reflects off of the water in the bag and throws off the flies. Unfortunately, this method isn’t as effective with more than just a few flies. It only temporarily shoos the flies away until they are ready to come back for more.

Flytraps

A more obvious and easy way out is to purchase and use fly traps. There are many different kinds of fly traps you can find in-store or even online. The point of fly traps is to attract the flies and ultimately get them stuck in the trap. Since the trap is so attractive to them, it’s smart to put the flytrap as far away from where you don’t want the flies to be. Whether these fly traps are store-bought or DIY-ed, they can be pretty effective depending on the number of flies you’re dealing with!

Citronella Candles

Citronella candles are very popular outdoor fly repellents. They don’t work to trap the flies and kill them, but they are effective at keeping them away because of the smell they give off. Although they are very popular outdoor repellents, you can also purchase citronella candles that are safe for inside use as well. Since the smell of citronella candles is what overwhelms and causes the flies to stay away, these are only effective at repelling the flies for as long as the candles are burning. 

Keep The Area Clean

This method is more of a method to practice over time. Flies are attracted to all kinds of smells. Whether it’s sweet or stinky, they’ll be there to take it all in. So, just like the sweet smells of the DIY traps you set attract them, the stinky smells from the pet feces or garbage cans will attract them as well. To minimize the swarms of flies that could potentially visit your home, try to keep the areas in and around your home clean! Make sure all of the pet feces is cleaned up. Garbage cans should be shut completely when they’re filled with garbage. Simple practices like keeping your area clean will help to minimize the flies. 

Contact A Professional

Apple Pest Control is here to help you get rid of the critters that are out of control. Contact us today to handle the problem!

Do your kids love little creepy-crawlies? Or maybe they are scared of little critters. It’s important for kids to be knowledgeable of the pests that they may stumble across in the home. But it’s also important to teach them not to be afraid of any bugs they may find. Whether it be scorpions, spiders, or fire ants, Apple Pest Control wants to help you teach your kid how to be safe around pests.

It’s no secret that some critters sting or bite. But it’s also important to note that there are helpful critters that are often hanging around the house.

One fun way to teach kids about bugs and pests is to look them up when you come across them. If your child finds a spider in the mouse, sit down with them and research that spider. It allows for an engaging way for your child to learn about common bugs found in the house and can help them identify that spider in the future.

A Friend or Foe?

One of the first things you’ll want to teach your kids is to identify the pest. They will not know every single pest they come across. But with some guidance, they can learn to recognize some of the common ones in your home.

Like kids, bugs behave differently from each other. It’s important that kids learn to stop and look when they find a critter. Some pests look very similar to each other but are very different.

For example, the Coral Snake and Scarlet King Snake are two very different snakes but they look very similar. The Coral snake is dangerous with its lethal venom, whereas the Scarlet Kingsnake is harmless. The difference between the two is that a Coral snake has red and yellow patterns that touch. A Scarlet King has red and black patterns that touch. One way to help your child remember this is the nursery rhyme, “Red and yellow, kill a fellow. Red and black, a friend of Jack!”

There are other pests that are actually helpful to the environment. It’s important your kid doesn’t try to squish these friends, such as bees or butterflies. If you want to know more beneficial pests in Texas, Apple Pest Control has a blog all about some of the common pests that help their ecosystem.

Do Pests Bite?

Some do. Some sting! Some do nothing at all.

Fascination can sometimes lead to fear if your kid gets stung or bitten. Pests can carry diseases that can transmit through bites. Diseases such as the Zika virus, Lyme disease, and rabies can all carry and spread by vectors. Some disease vectors include mosquitos, ticks, and rodents. These are just a few diseases and vectors so it’s important to instill caution in your kids.

Talk to your kid about some of the critters that sting or bite. Try to avoid phrasing these things in a fearful way so your child doesn’t become scared of pests.

One good lesson is to stay away from any pests they may find or to grab an adult if the pest inside. If they don’t know what the bug is, they should keep their distance. Staying away from the pests means they will stay away from you.

Contact a Professional

If the critters around the house have gotten out of control, contact your local pest control company to come to handle the problem. Depending on the pest, some places move the critter or exterminate.

Apple Pest Control is dedicated to handling pests in San Antonio. Contact us today!

Insects and pests have developed a wide variety of methods to stay out of sight and mind of predators and those that wish them harm. The downside to this adaptability is that they use these methods as a way to fool unsuspecting homeowners and take up residence. The following are the main methods pests stay unseen or try to fool any onlooking eyes.

Color Similarities or Camouflage

Many insects and pests have a color variation between different species to maintain a form of “camouflage” to stay safe from other predators. Typically, one insect or animal will have a colorway indicating that it is lethal and another species will take a similar colorway to confuse predators – and thus stay safe.

The most famous examples of color variation (and copying it) are the Coral Snake and Scarlet King Snake. The Coral Snake is highly venomous and lethal, whereas the Scarlet King Snake is harmless – the difference between them is minute and hard to discern. The Coral Snake has a repeating black, red and yellow pattern – as does the Scarlet King Snake – but the red and yellow on the Coral Snake touch, whereas the red touches black on the Scarlet King Snake.

The following sayings are helpful to remember with these snakes:

“Red touches yellow kills a fellow”
“Red touches black is a friend of Jack”

Pest Look-Alikes

Another way pests stay out of sight is they evolve to look like other species that they are unrelated to. The most common confusion of insects is the difference between a bumblebee, hornet and a wasp. They all have similar colorways and seem to be the same, so how can you tell the difference when it matters most?

Bumblebees are fuzzy; round in shape; the smallest in size of the three (they’re only ¼ inch large!); and have a yellow-black colorway. They are relatively harmless, as they die when they sting you, and they have no intention of bringing you physical harm.

Wasps do not have “fur” like bumblebees; are narrow in shape; larger than bumblebees (¼ inch larger); and are black with either white, red or orange markings. They are aggressive and will attack when they feel threatened.

Hornets are the largest and most dangerous of the three – they will attack and will continue to sting until they are satisfied. Additionally, they are wider and either yellow or orange in color.

If you are unsure which of the three insects you’re dealing with, avoiding all three when possible is the best option.

Change in Appearance

Some insects change their appearance as they get older and go through the different stages of metamorphosis. The cicada has the largest variation in its appearance as it gets older. When it is still within its egg, it looks like a clear-ish grain of rice. Once it hatches (now called a “nymph”), it looks similar to a termite or a small white ant.

The most important part of their nymph phase is that they will stay in the dirt and are not a threat to you or your home (unlike a termite)! If you see an insect that looks like a termite that is in the dirt instead of a tree, leave it be – it is a baby cicada and poses no threat.

Another insect that changes appearances is the simple butterfly or moth! They start out looking like a normal worm (the “larvae” stage) and once they emerge from their pupa shell the difference of if it is a butterfly or moth is apparent.

Butterflies are large; will hold their wings in a large, vertical fashion; and have colorful patterns over their wings and back.

Moths are small; will hold their wings in a tent-like fashion that hides their abdomen at the same time, and are gray and patternless.

For more information on how to discern a pest population in your home, contact Apple Pest Control for a pest-free future.

Fleas are never something you want to see in your home, especially if you are a pet owner. While fleas aren’t too difficult to get rid of, it is still important to be knowledgeable about them to treat the infection correctly since they won’t go away on their own. 

What Are Fleas?

Fleas are small dark parasites that cling to skin and fur in pets. Their presence will cause itchy skin and will leave behind small specs or ‘flea dirt. They can also jump long distances which allows them to spread quickly. 

Will Fleas Go Away on Their Own?

You might be asking yourself will fleas eventually go away? While some could last 2 – 3 weeks, they could also live for up to 12 months on the host it finds, so it is unlikely they will go away on their own. Fleas can also reproduce very quickly by laying eggs in carpet, bedding, or garden prolonging the infestation. There is a greater chance of infection during the warmer months, especially in Texas because this is their prime breeding time. 

Due to all of these things, it is important to treat them as soon as you notice them. 

Take Preventive Measures

Before we get too far into the summer months it would be beneficial to your home if you get preventative prest control done by a professional. Pest control specialists can perform an inspection to identify potential problem elements and spray treatment in your yard and home to steer away fleas and prevent laying their eggs. 

For your pets specifically, there is a year-round medication they can be on that works to prevent fleas. 

I found a flea! How do I treat it?

Luckily there are many easy treatments for your pets if they get fleas such as medicated baths, brushing, and medications that can be prescribed. To help get rid of them from your home you should wash bedding, small carpets, and other fabric where they could be laying their eggs. For bigger carpet areas vacuuming is important to do. You can also buy a specific flea spray that will help get rid of them. 

However, the most efficient way to ensure they will be gone from your home is to have a pest control specialist come to your house and perform a treatment. 

San Antonio Flea Treatment

If you are in San Antonio, Helotes, Boerne, New Braunfels, or other surrounding areas and need professional help with flea treatment, Apple Pest Control is at your service. Contact us today for more information on flea treatments along with other service areas

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With San Antonio and the surrounding areas being so warm most of the year, insects are usually a common presence in our lives. Our first instinct is to spray bug killers, but many of the most popular bug sprays are actually full of harmful chemicals. So what do you do to get rid of your bug problem? Do you have to search for all-natural bug sprays?

Apple Pest Control wants to help you find solutions to all of your bug problems. If you’re educated and aware of the best techniques to defend your home, you’ll be prepared to help both your home and the environment.

Why Use Natural Bug Repellent?

Bug sprays that use insecticides and pesticides are designed to kill living organisms. While they work to kill the insects that are bothering you, they also spread into the environment and kill other bugs who are constructive to the outdoor system. Those bugs can then be eaten by other animals who are then exposed to the chemicals and could be affected, as well.

These chemicals are even dangerous for children and pets to be around! If you use a chemical bug spray, it is important to keep your family and animals safe from exposure. It has been proven that some carcinogenic qualities can be found in these sprays. You wouldn’t want to track the chemicals into your home and not know where they sit for years.

Natural bug repellent is meant to do just that – repel. Without the chemicals used to kill bugs and insects, firmly repelling bugs from entering the home or settling in the yard is effective.

Effective DIY Bug Repellent

If you do decide to go natural when using bug repellent, buying expensive, natural bug sprays is not your only option. Homemade repellents actually work really well when introduced into the ecosystem. Plus, they don’t disrupt the existing flora and fauna. Below are a few of the peskiest bugs and the natural recipes to repel them.

Spiders

Spiders really dislike peppermint and lemon, so having these essential oils on hand is a good idea if you’re seeing a large spider presence. Add peppermint and lemon oil drops to a spray bottle, and treat all entryways and cracks. In fact, spiders’ taste buds are located on their feet, so the oils are sure to dissuade some of those spider friends from staying in your home.

Cockroaches

Clove oil is a great weapon against cockroaches. A few drops in a spray bottle could deter them from collecting. Also, an entire clove and Epsom salt placed under the sink or in cabinets could be a larger fix.

Wasps

Wasps can be very dangerous once they’ve already built a nest. You may need to seek professional help to get rid of the nest. However, there are several things that could deter wasps from settling on your home or in your yard altogether. Planting citronella, mint and eucalyptus in your garden is a great start to deterring wasps. Using each plant’s essential oils under the eaves and on your property is even better.

Ants

The smell of coffee grounds blocks ants’ sense of smell. You can scatter coffee ground around your property to try to keep them away.

Vinegar

A large majority of bugs dislike the scent and taste of vinegar. If you need a general bug deterrent or a stronger option, placing vinegar along the entryways is a great way to repel all kinds of insects without actually hurting them.

Need For Professional Help?

If your bug problem becomes too much for you to handle, allow Apple Pest Control to figure out a solution for you. We’ll make sure those pests don’t bother you anymore. Give us a call today!

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If you live in Texas, you know the weather changes all the time. The cold days don’t stick around as long as the warm days, but we still have a winter – usually. Pesky bugs that crawl and fly around you in the warm months almost seem to completely disappear in the winter months. While you might not see as many bugs during winter,  that doesn’t exactly mean they’re not there. They’ve just found a place to hide until it warms up. Ever found yourself wondering, “Do I still need to spray for bugs in the winter?” The answer is yes.

 

Winter temperatures affect the bug’s food resources, causing them to use the energy stored in their bodies. Since the resources are limited, bugs have to slow down to conserve that energy.

 

Since they’re not in their peak season, winter is the prime time for you to do what you can to prevent bugs from coming back. You can do some year-round practices to limit the number of bugs that try to make their way back into your home.

 

A few ways to prepare ahead of time:

 

  1. Keeping your house clean
  2. Avoiding large amounts of trash
  3. Trying your best to close food containers and packaging

 

Bugs search for dark and warm places to spend their time during the cold season of the year. These places typically include basements, closets and pantries. A pantry is a perfect spot for a bug to rest during the winter – not only because it’s dark and warm but there is easy access to food. That’s why it is so important to make sure your food is properly packaged and sealed.

 

The wintertime is also the best time to spray for bugs. The spray that pest control companies use can be broken down by high temperatures, rain and sunlight. Those three things are less of a factor during the winter months. When the winter pests are kept outdoors, your home becomes a healthier place to cozy up in without the worry of anything disturbing the peace. You can also safely host holiday celebrations and family gatherings without the worry of something crawling out of the walls.

 

The winter months in Texas may not have the coldest temperatures, but the pests are still looking for a nice and warm place to escape. Take action and make the necessary precautions to make your home bug-free this winter. Contact Apple Pest Control today for an appointment.

snake

Snakes are unable to regulate their internal body temperature, like most mammals, since they are cold-blooded. Like warm-blooded creatures, snakes also seek shelter from the winter’s harsh weather. Although this behavior is similar to hibernation, scientists call this brumation. During this process, snakes shut down their systems, conserve their energy and prepare for reproduction. Below we explain what brumation is and why snakes do it during the winter.

What is Brumation?

Since snakes are cold-blooded animals who can’t regulate their body temperature easily, they tend to become sluggish and lethargic during cold weather. Their increasingly inactive body makes them less likely to catch and digest prey.

During the process of brumation, the snake’s body gradually slows its metabolism and starts conserving energy. Since they use less energy, they are also able to handle longer periods without feeding. Although they do sleep higher amounts during brumation, they are still able to leave the den to look for food and water, unlike warm-blooded animals during hibernation.

When do Snakes Brumate?

Brumation periods vary in every region. In northern regions, where there is typically colder weather, brumation periods last longer and start earlier. Usually, brumation can start from September through December and end until March or April. Depending on the weather pattern, some snakes can come out of brumation if the weather is warm enough outside.

Where do Snakes Brumate?

Snakes tend to go underground, under rock piles and into mammal burrows to avoid freezing temperatures. Normally, they find underground shelter in slopes that form natural dens. These dens have rocks that absorb heat, which provides warm shelter while the snakes brumate.

Other possible brumation locations in the wild include:

  • Rodent dens
  • Tree stumps
  • Caves
  • Deep caverns

Other possible brumation locations NOT in the wild include:

  • Garages
  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Boiler rooms
  • Sheds
  • Storage rooms
  • Car engines

Ideally, the best brumation place is somewhere away from rain or the outside elements. Sometimes snakes prefer brumating in groups since their body heat serves to help them stay warmer.

San Antonio snakes are no joke! For more information on snake removal and snake control services, contact Apple Pest Control.