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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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April 11, 20170 found this helpful

A snake on a wood deck.

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Snakes may hibernate or simply congregate under a deck. There are a number of ideas on this page for discouraging them as well as removing them. This is a guide about dealing with snakes under a deck.

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June 1, 20160 found this helpful

Copperhead snake against a white background

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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.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 10, 2017

We having problems with snakes and need to find out how to get rid of them without using poison. We have kids and animals so we need a safe way. Please give advice.

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May 11, 20170 found this helpful

Get rid of sticks, leaves and anything snakes can hide in. If you have any rodents, get rid of them because they are food for snakes. Get rid of any moisture problems too

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May 11, 2016

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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February 1, 20140 found this helpful

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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January 14, 20132 found this helpful

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.

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By Bonnie

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January 14, 20130 found this helpful

I found this link which discusses how to make the area undesirable for snakes...such as using enclosable mouse traps around the perimeter of the pond, using snake proof fences, and cutting grass around the perimeter of the pond.

Here is the link:

http://www.ehow  snakes-pond.html

Good luck and blessings, Robyn from Tennessee

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By 0 found this helpful
June 15, 2016

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

The snake was most probably just exploring for food and was in the planter when your son spotted it. It should have moved on by now; if not, it may be injured and need help from your local animal shelter.

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September 3, 2015

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 4, 20150 found this helpful

Faith, have you considered contacting City Hall and asking about local resources? For instance, a local zoo might want another specimen for their snake house? Chances are you're not the only one with a similar problem and your local officials very likely have recommendations on how best to handle the dilemma.

Good luck, and stay safe.

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January 8, 20140 found this helpful

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 think you may have answered your own question, there are no really good reasons not to have snakes in your front yard. In the Pacific Northwest they are no doubt garter snakes that are harmless. Always an animal lover, when I was young (about 7 years old) I was always thrilled to find one. I would play with them and take them home to show my mother, and then let them go. I once found a nest of babies and took them all home to show Mom. What a thrill for her. In any case, teach you kids to respect them. They do belong on the earth.

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May 29, 20120 found this helpful

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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May 30, 20120 found this helpful

I've always heard old car batteries keep snakes away (a fence of them, like). Don't know that for a face though. And the mothballs are probably NOT a good idea for animals and children alike (also the environment). Good luck!

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June 14, 20050 found this helpful

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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August 20, 20080 found this helpful

It sounds like a black rat snake to me.

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September 27, 20140 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
June 15, 2010

What kind of acid or chemicals can be used to avoid snakes?

By vishnunathgouda from India

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June 18, 20100 found this helpful

A few weeks ago, we found snakes in our yard after 33 years of being snake free. I am so afraid of snakes and was a nervous wreck every time I opened my front door! I have since quit planting in my yard and will now only plant flowers on my 2nd level deck. After some internet research, we purchased Dr. T's Snake Away, available at Lowes and Home Depot. It smells like mothballs but is in a granular form. Haven't seen any snakes for two weeks (which makes me very, very happy). Some reviews say it works, some say it doesn't. But, for my own sanity, I have to keep telling myself Dr. T's is working just fine.

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February 24, 20140 found this helpful

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, 20130 found this helpful

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

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 16, 20090 found this helpful

I haven't had the experience with the rattler(Tank God!),but I have had a water moccasin stretch out alongside a top mattress which had slipped over on the box spring an inch or two. I was just about to grab hold of the mattress to slide it back in place before I made the bed, when I saw the snake lying on the edge of the box spring. I also had one crawl onto a white sheet I was using to sunbathe in the back yard.

Remember, snakes are cold-blooded. If it is scorching hot outside, they will seek shade, and if it is cold, they will seek warmth, since they can't regulate their own body temperature. Plus, they will feed wherever prey presents itself. Do you have birds in your house, or hamsters, gerbils, or even small kittens or puppies? Maybe a mouse? I had a huge rattler once on my back steps. Only after we killed it did I realize where the baby kittens had been disappearing to on a daily basis. Terribly sad, but true.

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March 15, 20150 found this helpful

How do I get rid of coral snakes around the base of my house?

By Moe T

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June 18, 20120 found this helpful

I found 4 rat snakes in my basement last week and 2 outside of the house. We caught them all and got rid of them. We sealed the hole where we think they were coming into the basement and we haven't seen anymore in 4 days now. How will I know if I got all of them out? And how will they get out if we sealed the hole up already?

By Mary A

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July 5, 20120 found this helpful

I will suggest you to go with Local Restoration company they will clean your basement. They have many years of experience of basement cleaning, fire, water restoration, mold remediation and Flood disaster recovery experience with home owners.

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May 20, 20120 found this helpful

I have snakes in my house! Is there any way to trap them? How can I get them out?

By Diana

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May 22, 20120 found this helpful

The safest way to deal with snakes in the house is to call in professional, expert wildlife handlers. Google using your town or area name in the search term, or check your phone book. You can also contact the local authorities who may be able to recommend someone.

Snakes usually infest a house where they are finding an abundance of their preferred diet-rodents. So when the snake handlers arrive, make sure you also have made arrangements to deal with the rodent problem.

I used to live out in the country (NW GA, and rural AL) and had to be constantly on action to eliminate the things that first attracted rodents, and then snakes. It's a constant-you should always be alert to increasing signs of rodent infestations and it's partly to keep snakes from showing up for dinner.

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November 8, 20110 found this helpful

Snakes are coming in my yard from the canal in back. How do I stop them?

By Bob from Okeechobee, FL

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November 10, 20110 found this helpful

We use lime and have done it for years. My husband spreads it around the edge of our entire yard and have not see one snake since we have been doing it. We also throw regular moth balls around the house and a few under it to keep them and bugs out.

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March 28, 20140 found this helpful

Every spring we find baby snakes in my home. They are crawling in the living room, falling from the ceiling, and even in the bathrooms. This only happens in the spring. We have never seen the momma snake.
Is it possible to catch the momma snake before she lays her eggs in our home?

By Dana R

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June 11, 20130 found this helpful

What can you use in your yard to avoid the presence of snakes of any kind?

By Tracy M.

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August 20, 20100 found this helpful

Do cats keep snakes away?

By Kathy from Fair Oaks, TX

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How to Get Rid of Snakes

I spray Jeyes Fluid or if you burn car tires they disappear because they don't like the smoke and smell. (06/08/2010)

By Dorty

How to Get Rid of Snakes

Cats will keep the mice away, and the mice are what attracts snakes. (06/08/2010)

By merlene

How to Get Rid of Snakes

Snakes also keep the mice away. My cat brings the snakes in the house as presents for me. Luckily, I am not as scared of the snakes as I am the mice. lol. I keep telling Sam, keep your toys outside as I pick up another live snake to put outside. (06/08/2010)

By artena

How to Get Rid of Snakes

Ours do. Chickens will also do it and they will take the snake away from the cats. I've seen it. Luckily all we have here are garter snakes. (06/09/2010)

By booklvr

How to Get Rid of Snakes

That whole burning thing sounds faulty, they'll just come back. Snakes are the best at keeping snakes away. King snakes eat other snakes and won't bother you and are not venomous. These guys are also better equipped to dealing with snakes rather than cats.

If you're dealing with venomous snakes on your property (coral, water moccasin, etc.) then your feline is at risk of getting hurt. So just check the snakes out and identify them by looking up the snakes native to your area and match your snakes to the photos. (06/09/2010)

By wishsparkle

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June 6, 20100 found this helpful

How do I get rid of black snakes in the yard and keep them out?

By Barb from FL

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How to Get Rid of Snakes

Guinea hens and sulfur would do the trick. Keep the yard mowed. Also, I've heard of Snake Out. It's made from the same thing mothballs are made from. To get sulfur one would probably have to order off the web or go to a feed elevator in a farm town and ask. I face a rattlesnake problem. With sulfur one must get a big bag and circle the yard. Nothing can stop a snake from coming and going except to ultimately eliminate their food of rats, so keep out rat poison. (04/01/2010)

By Susan

How to Get Rid of Snakes

If they are not poisonous, rescue an indoor-outdoor cat or a dog. My cat kills snakes all the time and has chased off all the moles in our yard, too. Plus you will be giving an animal a needed home. Terriers were bred to dig-out rats and snakes to keep the farmers crops free of pests.

Watch out though, my cat brought a live snake into our home last year and it got away before we could catch it. We never did find the nasty little bugger! (04/02/2010)

By Cyinda

How to Get Rid of Snakes

Get several cats. You'll never see another snake. (04/02/2010)

By hbuttrill

How to Get Rid of Snakes

I used to manage property in subtropical Florida that had a nice wet creek running through it and countless oaks with lots of leaves to hide in. It was SnakeFest USA and many poisonous snakes besides. After a few run-ins with coral snakes, we had a herpetologist come to help. They explained and it makes sense, that most venomous snakes are sluggish animals who move slowly. They go where there is the most prey. But, here's the catch about snakes, the non-venomous snakes are faster moving (that's why they call 'em racers).

If you kill the harmless snakes just because snakes scare you, "freak you out", etc., you are creating a better hunting/living-for-good environment for the slower snakes. You are inviting in the worst, venomous snakes, by removing the best. Garter snakes, king snakes, and whatever larger non-venomous snakes you have eat the same things the poisonous snakes do, and so by eating all the good stuff first, they "corral" the poisonous snakes into smaller territories. So, I have learned to recognize my local snakes and I never kill a "good" snake. They can have that shrub, that corner, those rocks so long as they keep the copperheads away, and with a preserve behind me, we have lots of snakes.

Around here (Virginia, where we have three kinds of venomous snakes), the suggestions from animal control are: 1-sulfur. But, it has to be spread around the perimeter in a thick and high line. Sulfur allegedly burns a snake's belly or some such, and because it will absorb into the earth, it's supposed to work for a long time. 2-the mothball suggestion and "Snake Away" both contain the same ingredient. My next door neighbor who is "freaked out" by snakes uses it every year. He sees more snakes than I ever have. 3-last suggestion is crushed seashells. Snakes don't like going over sharp things. I find that unlikely since I saw a gorgeous eastern Hognose come from sand dunes and cross hot asphalt last year, but I suppose if it was fine and sharp enough it might makes sense.

The absolute best thing you can do is: Keep wood piles, rocks, etc. away from the house/shed/etc. Don't make a home for rodents, grasshoppers, and frogs because their predators "will" follow and don't kill the animals who are working the hardest to compete with venomous snakes, non venomous ones! (04/03/2010)

By bigpaws12

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March 31, 20100 found this helpful

Can you tell me if there is something that will freeze a snake that is in my basement? It is on the foundation and I don't want it there. I thought I saw something in a spray can that would freeze them.

By Law49330 from MI

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How to Get Rid of Snakes!

I never heard of the product you are talking about. However, you may try a can of the computer duster stuff. Just hold it upside down and spray. It's very very cold and can give you frost bite if it gets on you too much, so be careful. (07/25/2009)

By Becca25

How to Get Rid of Snakes

Could you call your town's animal control officer and ask him to get rid of the snake? They are usually accommodating. (08/03/2009)

By mulberry204

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July 24, 20090 found this helpful

I had two snakes on my porch and one on the side of my house. I'm afraid that I may have a nest under my deck. How do I get rid of them without getting hurt? I'm really afraid of them. I live in Florida and the snakes were tan and thin.

Alison from Tamarac, FL

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How to Get Rid of Snakes!

I hate snakes. I don't care if they are good ones or not. I've been in this house nearly 3 yrs. Last year though was the kicker. We had a rattlesnake weaving his itself down our gravel driveway. I bought a product called "Snake Away".

It worked OK, but the smell was terrible. Just by luck and because we are re-landscaping our front yard, we needed cats to help get rid of gophers. The bonus? They killed a snake that was making it's way onto my front porch and they cornered 2 tarantulas. I don't know if the sex of the cat has anything to do with their hunting skills, but mine are all male. I'm suggesting on getting a couple cats. (12/18/2008)

By SweetCali40

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How to Get Rid of Snakes!

Call your County Extension agent. He/she is your best source of information on good and bad critters and getting rid of them. These folks work for you and are always glad to help. (01/06/2009)

By Sewbead

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December 16, 20080 found this helpful

I have found a snake in my home. It was brown with lighter colored brown stripes. How can I be sure I will not be getting any unwanted guests anymore.

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August 7, 20080 found this helpful

The nice weather is here in NY and soon the snakes will be out. Yikes!

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