How To Keep Snakes Away

October 26, 2021

Keeping Snakes Away From Your Home

Snakes are terrifying for many people. This holds true both for poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. As such, you may have come across one perhaps in the past. In any case, you may want to know how to keep snakes away from your building. This article will consider how snakes get into the home, getting rid of snakes without killing them, and what to expect from pest control companies when invited.

How Do Snakes Get Into Homes?

Those gaps in doors or cracks in the foundation of your building form access points for snakes. You may only notice foundation cracks during home repairs. Snakes may also come in through gaps in your siding or hide in large plants, which you may later bring inside. Furthermore, rodents may attract snakes to come into your attic, basement, or crawl spaces.

Factors Attracting Snakes Into Homes

Two factors largely contribute towards attracting snakes into the house. They are food and shelter. Snakes are more likely to stay if they can find sources of prey for food like mice, rats, moles, and frogs. Commonly snakes eat other prey like fish, slugs, small farm animals, and snails.

In the same vein, snakes seek shelter for breeding, hunting, and resting. As such, they like residing in thick brush and dense compost. Moist areas such as near a leaky faucet, garden hose, beneath birdbaths, and ponds are also attractive shelter points.

Similarly, environments with a low concentration of natural predators such as foxes and raccoons are more likely to attract snakes.

How To Keep Snakes Away From Your Home

Keeping snakes away can start from simple things such as proper lawn care. Also, taking more precautions in the home can, in large part, keep snakes away. This is because they will find the habitat unfavourable. Here are some steps on how to keep snakes away from your home.

Step One: Ensure proper lawn care

When your lawn care is inadequate, grasses grow taller. Now that means snakes will not be easier to spot. In addition, such tall grasses create hiding spots not just from you but from natural predators like hawks. Besides, it also makes for a good hunting ground for rodents and insects.

Thus, it makes sense to mow your lawns and gardens regularly. The short grass will leave any snake exposed. Moreover, vibrations from the lawnmower will scare snakes away for some time.

In a different vein, you may replace your grass or mulch with gravel. Such a hard surface will make it difficult for snakes to move or hide.

Step Two: Trim your landscaping

Trim all trees and bushes near your home. Overgrown bushes are cool and, as a result, form an excellent spot for snakes to hide. In the same vein, rodents, frogs, and other prey for snakes hide there. So, thin out any dense shrubbery.

Step Three: Remove all clutter

Clean up your yard and lawn of any clutter. This includes piles of firewood, woodpile, rocks, or other materials. For sure, get rid of anything that can serve as nesting boxes for snakes. For instance, you may store your firewood neatly away from your home, so snakes do not hide in the tiny crevices.

Keep needed piles tidy and store equipment in a shed or garage. Also, dispose of anything that is not needed.

Step Four: Remove their food supply

Hungry snakes that find nothing to eat will not stick around. So, remove their food supply. You have to ensure proper DIY pest control or rodent control since rodents attract snakes. One simple way to begin is by removing fallen fruits and other rodent food sources around your property.

Furthermore, keep your bird feeder away from the house. This is because birds may drop seeds to the ground. In turn, the seeds attract rodents. Alternatively, you may clean the bird feeder area daily.

Similarly, do not leave bowls of food around as it will attract rodents and insects. Feeding pets implies having to store their food. Your pet food should be stored in metal containers with tight lids. Moreover, gather the eggs from your chicken coop frequently.

Step Five: Seal off gaps

Get rid of snakes by sealing off gaps in your home. This includes gaps of 0.6 cm in diameter or bigger. Check your basement, walkways, and sidewalks for gaps. Also, examine concrete porches, crawl spaces, and the foundation of your home for gaps. Conclude by checking for spaces between doors and window screens.

In addition, close off all gaps beneath tool sheds and other outdoor structures.

Step Six: Fill up holes and burrows

Fill up old gopher holes and burrows with gravel or dirt. Thus, snakes can no longer use them. An animal control company may come in handy here if the holes are abundant. They can further eradicate gophers, moles, and voles and initiate other pest control measures.

Step Seven: Fence off your perimeter

Keeping a fence can help keep snakes away. For instance, you can install a fine mesh or solid sheeting fencing material. Let it be up to 61 cm high and 5-10 cm deep into the ground. Also, including a bend at the top can help prevent snakes from climbing over.

Step Eight: Use the smell of smoke

You may dig a fire pit and let it smoke for some days. Since snakes hate the smell of smoke and are sensitive to it, they will be repelled.

Step Nine: Keep natural predators around

Snakes do have their own natural predators. This includes pigs, cats, foxes, turkeys, raccoons, and guinea hens. Therefore it is a good idea for you to have these animals around or near your property. Alternatively, just buy fox urine from a store for use as a natural snake repellent.

Step Ten: Use appropriate snake repellers

Some snake repellers out there may be dangerous to your family. Others may be ineffective. For example, mothballs, though often used to repel snakes, actually do little to repel them. Besides, the active ingredient in mothballs is toxic to humans and pets. In addition, be mindful of the instruction labels and specificity of use. A snake repeller should not pose risks to the environment or other creatures.

Interestingly, snakes hate the smell of certain repelling plants such as lemongrass, marigold, garlic, or onion plants. This makes them great home remedies. Moreover, these same natural snake repellents can repel an insect such as a fruit fly. Besides, you may sprinkle some essential oils such as cinnamon oil, cinnamon clove, and eugenol to deter snakes.

Other examples of great DIY solutions that repel snakes are ammonia, vinegar, and human hair. For instance, you can soak rags in ammonia. After that, place them in unsealed plastic bags in areas of snake activity. The smell is powerful enough to deter snakes.

After all, natural snake repellents work by interfering with a snake’s sense of smell. This helps in keeping them away. Other natural snake repellents that work to varying degrees include naphthalene, powdered sulfur, garlic and onions, and lime mixed with hot pepper or peppermint oil.

Step Eleven: Cover drains and vents

You may use galvanized screening as a good cover for drains and vents.

Getting Rid Of Snakes Already In Your Home

What if you have a snake encounter in your yard and home? Here are some tips for getting rid of them.

Open up doors and windows

This will give the snake an escape route where possible.

Set up a barrier around the snake

Alternatively, set up boxes or boards around the snake. This will create a barrier around it. Thereafter, the animal control company can more easily capture it.

Set non-lethal traps

There are humane and non-lethal traps you can set to catch snakes. Thereafter, you can release them into a new location. Indeed, using glue traps, poisonous sprays, powder, and liquids cannot be considered humane. Moreover, they may be unsafe for other animals and children.

Pay close attention to favourite shelter spots

One such spot is your chicken coop—snakes like eating chicken eggs, so you may not be surprised to find them hiding there. Ensure you collect all eggs frequently, raise the floor of the coop, and install snake-proof fencing.

The garage is another favourite habitat for snakes. Garages are usually easy to access. They are cool and dark. You may place snake repellent in various corners. Also, remove sources of standing water.

A third favourite spot is areas around your pool or pond. Ensure you cut the grass and trim any back brush around your pool.

Invite an animal control company

You may feel less confident getting rid of snakes. Again, you may think it is a venomous snake. These are good reasons to call animal control.

What To Expect From An Animal Control Company

A good animal control company will usually follow the following steps for professional pest control.

  • First, they will inspect your property and check for signs of snake activity. Thereafter, there will be a snake identification process to know its species. Following this they establish an action plan. This may include habitat modification or food source reduction.
  • Second, they implement the action plan to remedy the situation. They may use commercial-grade snake repellents around the perimeters of your property. For example, they may identify a species of snake and decide to use ortho snake repellent. Moreover, they may address other pest issues such as mice and rat infestation.
  • Finally, they may implement their own corrective measures by removing the snake physically from the premises. They may also apply other exclusion methods.

Using A Professional Pest Control Company

There are good animal control companies that provide comprehensive snake control and removal services. They also offer these services to residential and commercial properties. They will give you needed advice on how to keep snakes away from your yard and home.

So now that you know how snakes get into your home and how to get rid of them, you can take back control of your property and ensure your family and pet health. Finally, if your fear of snakes makes you less confident, invite a professional pest control company over. These professionals can handle any pests from rats to squirrels.

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