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How to keep snakes away from your home

This article will help explain how to keep snakes away from your home. We at Pet-Snakes recognize that not everyone is a fan of snakes and some people would much rather keep them away than have them as pets. In order to serve our readers better we’ve decided to write this article to help those who want to effectively control them to do so. Also see this article about how to trap and remove snakes

The impact of getting rid of snakes
It is important to realize that snakes play an important role in the ecosystem and they, just like everything else have a purpose. When you remove them you are impacting a delicate balance. For example I once lived on a large wooded property (over 80 acres) and we had abundant snakes. One year my dad decided to start killing off all of the garter snakes he could find. I don’t know his reasoning, but I do know the result. We were overrun with frogs and salamanders. The snakes had been keeping the amphibians populations under control. I remember early the next spring my dad handed me a 5 gallon bucket and dropped me off near a lake and told me to fill it with garter snakes so we could put them back on our property. So before you start a campaign against snakes in your area consider the impact it will have on you. For instance keep snakes away could be inviting rodents in.

Get rid of cover and hiding areas to keep snakes away
Removing or reducing the areas that snakes are found forces a snakes to seek a different place to hunt and rest. Some of those areas include –

  • Tall grass
  • Boards, logs, sheet metal, etc that they can crawl under
  • Brush and shrubs
  • Wood and rock piles

Keep snakes away from your homeYou also want to take care to eliminate their access to other areas they might find appealing such as under your deck or under your home’s foundation. A snake basically has three very simple functions. It hunts, it kills and eats, and it rests. It repeats that cycle throughout the entire course of its life. By taking away the things mentioned above you severely impact the snake’s ability to rest which is the most important of all the things it does.

Get rid of the source of food a snake depends on
The reason snakes are attracted to your house and the surrounding areas is because there is an abundant food source. If you want to get rid of the snakes the single most effective way is to do so is to get rid of there food source. The less they have to eat the less they will come around your home. Rats, mice, frogs, lizards, and other such critters are a main staple of a snake’s diet. Controlling their presence will by proxy help to keep snakes away from your home.

Some methods that don’t work to keep snakes away
There are a lot of wives tales out there about ways to keep snakes away. Unfortunately they don’t usually work and for the most part you waste your time and money. The exception is that something doing some of these things will reduce the food a snake has and it will cause their numbers to dwindle. Some of the more popular methods that don’t work are –

  • Roping off the affected area with hemp rope
  • Spreading mothballs around the affected area
  • Flooding snake dens
  • Spreading gas or diesel around
  • Sulfur powder

The primary problem with these methods of snake control is that they require constant refreshing. The odors (which may or may not keep snakes away) become less and less potent as time goes on. A flooded den quickly dries out and becomes a haven for snakes once again. Not to mention you’ll have to live with a yard or house that stinks of sulfur, gas, and mothballs. Personally I’d rather deal with a snake here and there than to have to inhale those toxins 24/7 in order to keep away a few snakes

One final method to get rid of your snake problem
A final method of getting rid of snakes around your home is to have someone come and collect them. You’d be surprised how effectively a skilled, and knowledgeable person can be when it comes to collecting snakes and relocating them to another area far removed from your home and yard. Many times you can find a person at a local herpetological club that is willing to remove them at no fee to you.
  • Actually they are venomous, but let’s not split hairs. What does them being venomous (and only mildly so) have to do with the problem of being afraid of snakes? That is the bigger issue.

  • This is true. They aren’t.

  • If light is an issue I suggest getting a good flashlight. Mag-lite or something similar. I doubt the snake you found on your porch was trying to follow the captive snakes. It could have been basking on the porch or something along those line. Was it day or night when this happened?

  • LtnDANN

    i live on a lake and we use mothball to keep the snakes away. THe thing is the mothballs arent exactly repeling the snakes its acctually repeling the insects and the main thing that eats those insects are frogs. since there are no insects the frogs go away and with no frogs the snakes have nothing to eat and they also go away. We used to be swarmed with water moucasins and since we put the mothballs out we havent seen one since

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  • Sally

    We live in Tanzania, which has a variety of deadly snakes. We also have a 3 year old boy. So far we have had 4 snakes in the house; determining what kinds of snakes the greens one are extremely difficult as there are many varieties from boomslangs, grass snake and green mamba. However, we have also had the stiletto snake in the house.  For me, this is an infestation and, the other day a snake fell off the roof and landed right next to me son! I am even dreaming about them. I want them gone!

  • Tzang4

    Once the snake shedded their skin, does it stay in the area ? Or does it leave the area for good ?

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  • Lori Winters

    I walked in my house and found a copper head coiled up in my
    bath took room. Shot it with a 410. Can repair the floor and wall but if he got me first I wouldnt be so sure.

  • Tinbaradero

    how can i get rid of snakes that are growing inside our home?they’re not poisonous but i’m afraid of them…its color was black….

  • joe

    a guy who rented the house next door from me whilst on holiday. told me he lived in south africa and the locals out in the countryside used to burn a old inner tube off a bike and sprinkle the burning rubber around the outside of there house and garden and this kept the snakes away. you just have to do it every month or so. 

  • Shirley657

    Snakes belong in the woods and not around people and dwellings. I can’t stand any of them. They are dangerous and do kill. Actually one would make me hurt myself even if it didn’t bite. They have always given me the quivers. Lots of fear comes from the fact many of them are poisionous and if it doesn’t kill you it can make you so sick you will wish to die. I have had some snake bitten patients and the man’s leg swelled as large as his waist and his hand swelled so big it bursted. That is a sight i will never forget.

  • This comment is the very height of ignorance.

  • dennis

    we have lots of snakes  on my property in middleburgh ny i just leave them alone just becareful

  • Ckincaid_du

    Copper heads are more than mildly venemous. They are actually quite deadly, especially in small children and older adults. Yes, I fear them. And if I find them, I terminate them. As should you.

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  • Hhowell1

    I was bitten by a copperhead two summers ago, and they are HIGHLY venomous. 

  • Longcoolbreeze

    we have snakes in our basement ane someone said spreading coffee grounds around would help. Does any know if this is true or not

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