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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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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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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February 1, 2014 Flag

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 15, 2016 Flag

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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June 18, 2006 Flag

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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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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January 14, 2013 Flag

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:

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

Good luck and blessings, Robyn from Tennessee

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September 3, 2015 Flag

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, 2014 Flag

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, 2012 Flag

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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October 22, 2010 Flag

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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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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June 14, 2005 Flag

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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June 15, 2010 Flag

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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September 27, 2014 Flag

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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February 24, 2014 Flag

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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August 12, 2009 Flag

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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November 17, 2013 Flag

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 11, 2012 Flag

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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June 18, 2012 Flag

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, 2012 Flag

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, 2011 Flag

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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