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.


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?

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

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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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

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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February 16, 20140 found this helpful

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 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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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 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:

Good luck and blessings, Robyn from Tennessee

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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.

February 25, 20100 found this helpful

What part of the country is everyone from that are finding snakes in their yards, decks etc.

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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.

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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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

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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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

October 31, 20100 found this helpful

I recently put out mouse traps in my garage for the field mice that come in this time of year. I couldn't help but notice that the directions said they could be used to catch snakes, too. They are sticky and have bait on the glue part. They come flat, which I think would be good for catching a snake. But they can be folded into a box like shape to hold the mouse so you don't need to look at it. I may have purchased these traps at the grocery store, Walmart, or Dollar Tree. I'm sorry I cannot remember the brand name.

Also, I have had good luck with moth balls for repelling the garter snakes that like to have babies where my sidewalk meets the foundation of the house. It's very near the doorway and I've had baby snakes hanging all over the storm door sometimes. I put out the mothballs this year and I have seen them but they don't stay. They like to hibernate there, too, I think. A man from Australia once sold me an expensive product, but after he told me that snakes don't like odors, I came up with the moth ball idea. I also sometimes use ammonia poured in the crack, but that evaporates quickly.

Good luck. I've had snakes in my house before and I don't like it either! I don't care if they are garter snakes, they don't belong inside the house!

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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

August 20, 20080 found this helpful

It sounds like a black rat snake to me.

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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?

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