"If you’re concerned because you have children, or a pet, and you need to relocate the snake, there are a couple of things you can do," he said. "For example, with a big black snake you can use a garden rake, and slowly get underneath it to gather it up, and set it in a tall trash can."
"If you keep your yard and flower beds taken care of that’s a good thing. They don’t like to be out in the open much because of they’re exposed to predators," he continued. "So keep woodpiles a little bit further away from the house. Try to keep the yard mowed and take care of weeds to give them less hiding places. It will also help keep some of their food sources away like rats and mice."
David Crowe of Critter Control told WBTV that the northern water snake is the type of snake he sees the most in North Carolina. Crowe said that anyone who gets bit by a snake that could be venomous needs to go to the hospital immediately.