Rattlesnakes and other non venomous snakes are very common in Apache Junction and the rest of the East Valley. When they come into yards and are seen on yoru property, relocation is an effective solution.
Once you call, a snake removal expert will ask for your zip code. This will tell them everything they need to know about snakes that live in your area, unique challenges associated with removing a snake in that location. They'll then give you an estimate for how long it will take for a field agent to arrive, and tell you the cost. Rattlesnake Solutions has a dedicated field agent in Apache Junction ready to relocate snakes from your home after hours and all days of the week.
You will be asked to watch the snake closely until the agent arrives. This is very important; even a snake that isn't moving at all may be quite aware of your presence. In the wild, rattlesnakes will remain still if approached by a predator, attempting to hide. When the threat disappears, the snake makes its escape. The same will happen with the snake on your porch or in the backyard - you will see a rattlesnake coiled and looking as if it is asleep, then go inside for just a few minutes to come back to an empty spot, while the snake has moved underground or is well hidden elsewhere.
In Apache Junction and surrounding areas, the environment is mostly sandly, flat habitat known as Colorado desertscrub. In this type of habitat, many species of snakes can be found. The most common to encounter will be the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, followed closely by the harmless Sonoran Gophersnake. The gophersnake is often confused with a rattlesnake, due to its tendency to flatten its head and rattle its (rattle-less) tail when threatened.
Also found in the area are the Mojave Rattlesnake, and the tiny Sonoran Sidewinder. The Mojave rattlesnake has a bad reputation for being extremely aggressive, with a very toxic venom. While they do tend to rattle at greater distance than other species, this does not make them more dangerous. In fact, it could be argued that the tendency to rattle more easily can make this species more safe - giving more warning than other types. The sidewinder, in contrast, will usually just try to use its unique side-winding method of locomotion to quickly evade predators.
If you see a rattlesnake, or any other species of snake for that matter, do nothing. Seeing a rattlesnake on the trail is not cause for alarm - the snake cannot and will not "attack", though it will defend itself if approached. Rattlesnakes are not much different from all animals, in that they don't want to die - if something acts, towards them, as if it will kill them, they'll try to defend that at all costs. If you see a snake, the best thing to do is simply take note and go the other direction. Of course there are times when this isn't a great idea (like in your back yard), and calling a rattlesnake removal expert to capture and relocate the snake is the best option.
When a snake is captured, it is humanely relocated to a location where it can live out its life without (hopefully) further interaction with people. Rattlesnake Solutions is licensed by Arizona Game and Fish to perform these actions, and does so within all guidelines and laws for wildlife relocation.
In the East Valley, one of the most common places that a snake may end up in a yard is in the Gold Canyon area, and along Brown road in Apache Junction, going towards the Apache Trail. Doing field work with rattlesnakes in the Superstitions mountains, we have often found Diamondbacks and Mojave Rattlesnakes crossing the road between the desert and neighborhoods, where they hunt at night. Rattlesnakes are not terribly adaptable animals, not as much as a gophersnake or kingsnake, and tend to prefer native desert. Most of the rest of Mesa is not good habitat for native snakes, and it is not likely that anyone will encounter a rattlesnake more than a few blocks in from native desert.