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    Repelling Snakes

    My niece is having trouble with snakes being in the yard and on the porch. Does anyone know of anything that actually works and repels them? She doesn't have a lot of junk in her yard or anything we can think of to attract them. Help!

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    Re: Repelling Snakes

    Is it hot where she live? they might be looking for water, food, or a place to find shade. What kind of snakes are they? You can get a outdoor cat to take care of the rodents the snakes might be coming for. Also put mothballs or sulfur powder in the areas they are coming to they won't come back. Be careful with kids around mothalls and sulfur powder.

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    First of all, as a fellow mother who also worries about her small kids, garter snakes are not poisonous in the unlikely event that your kids get close enough to one to get bitten. They're very shy and not usually very aggressive. The absolute worst outcome is just a readily treatable infection. You will, of course, take them for medical treatment right away if they do get bitten, but they're actually probably in more danger from the Black widow spiders that are also probably hiding back there than the snakes. The only venomous snakes I've personally encountered here in California were rattlesnakes and they usually give you lots of warning. If you've got one of those in your yard, call animal control immediately since rattlers and kids don't mix!

    The best way to get rid of the snakes is to make sure your back yard is not Snake Heaven. Keep the clutter down. No piles of wood or leaves, nothing they can nest in or hide under. Keep the grass mowed so they don't get comfortable hanging out in it. Also, take care of any rodent or insect problems quickly. If the snakes are migrating to your yard, they've probably got a good reason. A buffet line starring roaches and mice is one of the best.

    Take a stroll around your house and inspect the foundation and the ventilation holes in the garage. If you see any holes bigger than about a quarter then you've hung up an "apartment for rent" sign for the snakes. And for heaven's sake, don't leave doors standing open! Make sure you've got a good screen door at the very least, or you may find a garter snake struggling frantically on your shiny kitchen floor. Yikes!
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    I won't lecture you about how beneficial snakes are but… I have a backyard wildlife habitat, and have actually tried to attract snakes to live in my yard. You just have to know what they want to attract them to your yard or to keep them out of your yard. You'll want to get rid of any of these:

    •Low-growing hiding spots near your house (shrubs, plants, etc.)


    •Thickly-planted gardens


    •Mulch (especially straw mulch) in the gardens


    •Tall grass (you mentioned your grassy hill--prime snake habitat)


    •Bird feeders (which attract mice & insects, which attract snakes)


    •Ground-level water sources (birdbaths, ponds, puddles, etc.)


    •Compost piles


    •Wood and brush piles (any wood on the ground where they can hide)


    Ground-level access to buildings -- under the porch, garage, crawlspace

    You'll also want to determine what kind of snakes they are so that you can try to eliminate their food sources around your yard. If they eat mice, then you'll want to try to eliminate the mouse population by making your yard unattractive to mice. If they eat insects like grasshoppers then you'll want to make your yard unattractive to them.

    I encourage you to go to your local library and check out some books to learn more about the snakes and what they like so that you can eliminate whatever it is that attracts them to your yard. Although eliminating what snakes like may not be practical or even aesthetically pleasing.
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    Re: Repelling Snakes

    She's going to WalMart to buy some stuff that is supposed to repel snakes, getting mothballs to put around, and garlic too. She also has me looking for 2 barn cats for her. She is so freaked out as I would be.

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    Re: Repelling Snakes

    In the hot summer months we get king snakes and some rattle snakes coming out of the canyons looking for water and a cool place to hide. Rattle snakes warn you when you are to close the others don't. I have been sitting in a patio chair and get up and come back and I see this king snake all curled up sleeping under my chair....!! how long was it there YIKES..!!
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    Re: Repelling Snakes

    My husband walked right past a 6 ft. black snake and didn't realize it was there until he turned around to come back up the steps to get his keys.

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    Re: Repelling Snakes

    It is alarming when that happens as snake are quite and blend in well.
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    Re: Repelling Snakes

    Quote Originally Posted by Peg View Post
    She's going to WalMart to buy some stuff that is supposed to repel snakes, getting mothballs to put around, and garlic too. She also has me looking for 2 barn cats for her. She is so freaked out as I would be.
    The barn cats would be harmed by the snakes.

    I suggest an exterminator Peg.

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    Re: Repelling Snakes

    I told her to call an exterminator and see what they suggest and also the local zoo.

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    Re: Repelling Snakes

    Cats are smart enough to not go near snakes. The barn cats would be for keeping the rodent population down.
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    Re: Repelling Snakes

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    Cats are smart enough to not go near snakes. The barn cats would be for keeping the rodent population down.
    some cats think they are a toy like birds are.

    Plus squirrels, and insects like grasshoppers, crickets or other small bugs are food for snakes. So, it is essential to make sure your home and garden is free of rodents and insects.

    There are snake repellents for sale, but you must make sure they are safe for children and pets etc.

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