MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Russell Cavender, also known as the Snake Chaser, says he's had his busiest winter yet involving pest control problems, receiving a record number of snake related calls this month alone.
"I can tell you this, I have had probably 25 to 40 snake calls in December. I average one or two." Said Cavender. "This has been the warmest December and the wettest December we've ever had, as far as I know. And usually when it's this time of year, most of your animals are not quite active. But since it is so warm and so wet I've been getting lots of calls. Especially for snakes, moles, insects...". The insects, Cavender says, are the main reason for all the other pest problems.
He says mosquitoes have been very busy this winter, due to the standing water from the flood, and the humidity. And when the bugs are out, it causes a chain reaction. "Snakes eat the animals that eat the insects.
The frogs, the toads, and the lizards. If the insects are out, the frogs, toads, and lizards are going to be very active. And so the snakes are going to come out and they're going to absorb that.". And it's not just snakes. Cavender says to be aware of other animals as well. "Watch your yard for moles, because of the flooding moles are destroying a lot of property. And of course bats.