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Getting Rid of Snakes

Snakes are a cause for alarm for many of us, particularly when startled by one. There are a variety of effective methods to repel snakes. This is a guide about getting rid of snakes.

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May 11, 2016 Flag

I have these black snakes that keep reappearing in my front yard, my dog finds them. It seems like they keep coming out under a portion of my house. We're talking 3-6 feet long, non poisonous, with round pupils, but would you want your grandkids finding these? How do I get rid of them?

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    May 13, 20160 found this helpful

    I couldn't have said it better, myself.

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    June 15, 2016 Flag
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    I have two hanging fern plants on my front porch and my son just informed me he saw a snake in one! My husband works away from home during the week and I don't know how to get rid of it. Any suggestions would be so, so, appreciated.

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      June 17, 20160 found this helpful

      Addendum-place the planters on the ground and leave them for a few days to make sure the snake has a way to leave, if he hasn't already.

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      February 1, 2014 Flag
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      There is a large snake about five feet long living under my deck and is responsible for death of one of my dogs. I have new rescue who smells snakes. How do I get rid of the snake? It maybe a water moccasin.

      By Kimijohn

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      February 1, 20140 found this helpful
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      Call your local animal control office. If you are right about the kind of snake, you do not want to tackle this on your own. If you are outside and sense that the snake is near, then call 911.

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      June 1, 2016 Flag
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      This is a guide about keeping Copperhead snakes out of your yard. Finding venomous snakes in your yard can be very scary.

      Copperhead snake against a white background

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      September 3, 2015 Flag
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      I had a 5 foot rattlesnake under my house. I put sulphur out everywhere except a small area where he could get out. The next morning I ran out and sealed the rest of perimeter with sulphur. But my problem is he left from under the house, but keeps hanging around wanting to go back under. How do I get rid of him forever except for a shotgun? Please help I am terrified of snakes! He will not crawl thru sulphur, but hangs close. Yikes!

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        September 5, 20150 found this helpful

        My son had a similar problem and when he had someone come to remove the snake, they told him that a snake does this when they have babies. They found several babies under his house so this may be a reason the snake is still there.

        Try to contact someone at your local animal control. They should have an emergency number for the weekend. If no luck with that, try calling your local police department or even your local radio station.

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        January 14, 2013 Flag
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        My daughter has a retention pond behind her house and the snakes are starting to come out with the warm weather here in the South. She has fought them for 2 years and nothing seems to work. Is there anything that authorities can do to eliminate the snakes from being in the pond? Some counties will maintain the snakes for the protection of the people who live around them.

        By Bonnie

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        January 21, 20130 found this helpful

        You can use "sulfur" around the pond. I use it in my sheds. I also had a pond that attracted snakes, so I sprinkled it around my pond. It worked just fine.

        Hope this helps you, as I don't like snakes.

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        June 18, 2006 Flag
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        I just found out that we have lots of snakes under our deck, I am afraid of snakes, please give me an idea of how to get rid of them for good.

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        April 28, 20110 found this helpful

        Dear All

        I'm looking for case studies to be featured in an Animal Planet show about infestations and we are looking for an interesting story about how someone has successfully dealt with a snake problem in their home.

        Please do get in touch with me to let me know if you are interested in telling me about your snake encounters in and around your home and how the situation was resolved.

        You can email me on: kate.boddington AT darlowsmithson.com

        Many thanks, Kate

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        January 8, 2014 Flag
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        Last spring we noticed some holes in our mostly dirt front yard. We never saw anything come in or out of them, but there seemed to be several. (The yard is mostly dirt because our house was raised prior us moving in and still needs to be leveled and reseeded.). So, back to these holes. I believe them to be snake holes, but largely they got ignored.

        I did once see a small snake in my driveway which my husband ushered over to a large field by our home. My two cats do bring home kills, small rodents and birds. Back to the holes- so this morning- 1-8-2014, I walked outside and just glanced something sliding back into a hole. I only saw about three inches, but I am pretty sure it was not a large earth worm.

        Yes, I understand to keep rodents away, unfortunately, we live next to a field, so all we can do is control that population with our mighty ninja cats. What can I do to get this snake or snakes out from under my yard? I doubt they are poisonous due to our location- NW Oregon, but I am pretty sure I saw a reddish brown color leaving me wondering. I have two young children and certainly don't want an unwanted visitor. Help!

        By Samantha D.

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        January 11, 20140 found this helpful

        I should have added, they never go in your house.

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        May 29, 2012 Flag
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        I live in the Outback at a caravan park and it is expected that we are going to have snakes and I do not wish to harm them. I would be quite happy to keep them away with moth balls, but I have a small dog and I am wondering if she will eat the moth balls.

        By Toni

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        June 6, 20120 found this helpful

        I once bought spray repellent online from a man in Australia. What I discovered was that snakes or at least most snakes, are repelled by strong odors. I have good luck with moth balls and liniment creams. I guess you'll need to keep an eye on your pet if you think he might eat it.

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        October 22, 2010 Flag
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        I saw a snake go under my refrigerator, then under the stove; animal control could not find it. How can I get it out of the house? I'm scared!

        By Tammy from Sacramento, CA

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        April 15, 20130 found this helpful

        I suggest you do a http://www.snakehandlingcourses.com.au "reptile handling course" so that you will know which ones are safe and which are not and how to remove them if need be.

        All the best

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        June 14, 2005 Flag
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        I am asking for help concerning a possible den of snakes found in my basement. We've lived in our house for about four years. This is the first time we have had a problem, it was the spring after we bought the house. I saw something moving in the ceiling of our unfinished basement and then suddenly realized it was a black snake. Every spring, it's the same story - just when you think you've gotten rid of them-they're back.

        I say they, because for a long time I thought I was seeing the same snake. We even named him, "Henry." But Henry was quite elusive and refused to be caught, until about two months ago when my very courageous neighbor came over and devised a snake catching kit, and caught him unharmed.

        We let him go in the woods behind our house, and naturally I thought snake-gate was all over with. Wrong! Two nights ago, two black snakes nearly fell on my head. We don't have mice.

        Any advice,

        B.J. in Virginia

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        Dear B.J. in Virginia

        I'm looking for case studies to be featured in an Animal Planet show and your situation sounds like it could be perfect.

        Can you please get in touch with me to let me know if you are interested in telling me more?

        You can email me on: kate.boddington@darlowsmithson.com

        Many thanks

        Kate

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        September 27, 2014 Flag
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        I have a rattlesnake on my downstairs. I live in Rocklin, California. How do you get rid of them? Can they climb up to my second floor? Can they climb that high?

        By Joan

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        September 28, 20140 found this helpful

        You need to call either animal control or your conservation agent.

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        June 15, 2010 Flag
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        What kind of acid or chemicals can be used to avoid snakes?

        By vishnunathgouda from India

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        June 28, 20100 found this helpful

        I once heard an old timer say that in olden days folks would burn an all leather shoe to chase snakes away. Granted in today's world that would be an awful expensive deterrent, but if you have an old pair it may be worth trying! Just make sure to remove any man made materials like rubber soles.

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        February 24, 2014 Flag
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        What do you use to get rid of rattlesnakes down in a hole?

        By LR from TX

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        March 2, 20140 found this helpful

        I don't know about getting rid of it but do know that snakes do not like slithering over garden lime. The powder burns their belly. So we used it when we didn't want them slithering under the porch to make a home when I was a kid. When dinosaurs roamed the earth. LOL

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        November 17, 2013 Flag
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        I just found a very small, 6-8 inch wormlike black snake in my house. My son removed it in a trash can. How do I know if this was a single snake or if I have more? I have never seen a mouse in the house. I do have a small dog door.

        By Susan

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        April 15, 20140 found this helpful

        We've had a few ... look up garter snake on the web and see if any of the pics resemble the thing. I hate snakes. I found out that turpentine will paralyze them enough to get them out of the house, and they hate garden lime they steer clear of it because it will burn their bellies. I'm from Australia every snake there is poisonous but the corn snake, and the green tree snake. So naturally I felt I was dealing with a venomous reptile and smashed the living daylights out of the poor thing to find out many people prize these as pets (my apologies to the snake lovers) but how was I to know :) RIP oh garter snake ...

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        August 12, 2009 Flag
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        I live in Texas in a canyon area and a diamond back rattle snake entered the kitchen. Is this unusual that this type of snake would enter a home?

        By Georgia one from TX

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        August 20, 20090 found this helpful

        I can't believe I'm reading this blog! I would never live in an area where there are such deadly snakes. If I were on vacation some place and these snakes happened by I would be out of there so fast, and I hope the Good Lord is watching out for you and yours.

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        August 11, 2012 Flag
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        I think I saw a snake in my house. I don't know where he went. How can I get rid of it?

        By C. Davis

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        June 5, 20130 found this helpful

        If you have a cat, who is a good mouser, he will let you know where the snake is. I had two Siamese cats years ago. They were very intelligent, independent, and diligent. When hunting mice, they would stalk them and sit and stare at a corner, where a mouse would eventually enter the house, for hours.

        Once one of my cats was sitting in the open window in our bedroom upstairs and began to make a loud chattering sound and exhibited that stalking pose. I went over to the window and low and behold, a large black snake was slithering across the yard almost 20 yards away.

        I've had several types of cats over my lifetime, but the Siamese is the best. You wouldn't think it to look at them because they appear to be so tiny and slender. But they are agile, and fierce. Mine were also very loyal to me personally and very territorial.

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