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.
Here are questions related to Getting Rid of Snakes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
B.J. in Virginia
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
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.
What kind of acid or chemicals can be used to avoid snakes?
By vishnunathgouda from India
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.
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.
I should have added, they never go in your house.
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
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.
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!
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.
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?
What do you use to get rid of rattlesnakes down in a hole?
By LR from TX
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
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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
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.
I have snakes in my house! Is there any way to trap them? How can I get them out?
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.
Snakes are coming in my yard from the canal in back. How do I stop them?
By Bob from Okeechobee, FL
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.
How do I get rid of coral snakes around the base of my house?
By Moe T
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
What can you use in your yard to avoid the presence of snakes of any kind?
By Tracy M.
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Keeping Unwanted Animals Out of Your Yard:
Most snakes are harmless, but that doesn't matter to those who have a fear of snakes. For those to whom snakes make their skin crawl and their bodies uncontrollably shutter, here are a few ways to keep them away from your home:
1. Habitat. An ideal snake-free yard would have a large span of low-cut grass with no shelter for a snake to hide. Snakes like places to hide under and they will choose anything close to the ground to avoid potential predators and to escape the elements. Do not leave boards, tin, or plastics lying flat on the ground that snakes can crawl under. Do not pile up wood logs, sticks, rocks, leaves, or pine straw in your yard for extended periods of time. Keep in
mind that anything you leave lying around on the ground, can become a potential hiding place for a snake.
2. Cats and Dogs. Although, snakes don't like cats and dogs, having a pet will not reduce the chance of a snake basking in the sun in your yard. They will avoid your pet whenever possible, but sometimes, snakes are simply out looking for a meal and a place to hide when they enter your yard and are just passing through.
3. Snake repellents can be useful in keeping snakes out of your yard. Snake repellents emit an odor that snakes don't like and some products affect the sensory system of snakes which helps keep them away. The repellent will not kill the snake. Applying a band around your yard eight to twelve inches wide can keep snakes from passing over the perimeter and entering the yard. If you know you have a snake in the yard, get it out first or you will trap the snake in the yard with the treatment.
4. Natural repellants. Marigolds are known to distract snakes. Planting marigolds in your yard is a natural deterrence that will not harm the snake. You may want to plant the flowers around buildings and in areas where you have seen snakes in the past. You can also grow your own natural border to keep the snakes from entering the yard.
5. In your home. If you find a snake has entered your home, you can try to catch it yourself. However, if the snake is venomous or if you are not sure it is venomous, you should call animal control. In areas where snakes are prevalent, animal control is usually accustomed to removing snakes from homes. If you know the snake is harmless and it is relatively small, you can place a glue board near the area were the snake was last seen. A heat lamp
can help draw the snake to your board. Just be careful that you don't create a fire hazard with a heat lamp or a light bulb to close to other objects. Once the snake is stuck to the board, a little cooking oil applied will loosen the snake from the board. If you try to catch a small snake with your hands, be sure you have on thick work gloves. Snakes will bite, venomous or not.
How to Make Homemade Snake Repellent
things you'll need:
Get rid of spiders. Often, spiders will feed off of snakes in your area. Vacuum any spiders or spider eggs in your location before putting down snake repellent.
Mix equal parts cat litter and mothballs together, and spread thickly across the ground to deter snakes. Snakes will get the cat litter stuck in their scales and do not like the smell of mothballs. You can purchase both cat litter and mothballs at your local grocery store or drugstore.
Mix equal parts powdered sulfur with moth crystals for a more powerful snake repellent. Moth crystals have more surface area than mothballs, and sulfur is a common ingredient in over-the-counter snake repellents. Unfortunately, sulfur has a very strong smell that humans also dislike.
Dust the powdered sulfur and moth crystals mixture in all cracks and crevices, as well as on any ground that you do not want a snake to cross.
Spray a mixture of cinnamon oil and clove oil directly on the snake to deter it if you come in direct contact with one. Load equal parts cinnamon oil and clove oil into a spray bottle, and shake well.
Every year we put lime out on the perimeter of our property, at times we've had to put it out a few times due to rain, but snakes will not cross it. I haven't seen a snake in our yard in five years of doing this. You can also throw a few moth balls around, they work as well.
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The nice weather is here in NY and soon the snakes will be out. Yikes!
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. I want to call someone, but don't know who to call.
Tracie from Central, Florida
My Dad was just telling me his trick, his property is very hilly and wooded and snakes scare the bejeezees out of his wife. He sprays turpentine around the areas he doesn't want snakes. Hasn't seen one in years. (08/14/2008)
I have heard that anything with sulfur in it might actually draw snakes, the egg smell since they sometimes eat bird eggs. Down here we have a lot of what they call rat snakes, and they can clean out a chicken coup of eggs in a hurry. (08/14/2008)
There is a device that makes ultra sound noises to keep snakes at bay. You plug it in and make a screeching noise. Humans can't hear. It's sensitive to all sorts of animals including mice to keep away. You can buy it at your local source future shop, etc. (08/15/2008)
Edie is right. Cats will take care of snakes. I lived in Louisiana for 20 years. I lived in dread of snakes coming in. I guess I would try to figure where they were getting in, maybe try a snake trap baited with eggs. I was always afraid to garden as you could reach in and get a "snake surprise". They especially liked to hang out in the strawberry patch. One time I cut the grass & somehow ran over a snake. I was so frightened, I left the lawn mower running & went into the house. The mower ran for an hour or so, until it ran out of gas. (08/16/2008)
Good suggestions. I don't want to kill snakes as I fully appreciate their value in nature. But the snakes in my yard are slithering up the brick steps (which are sunny and HOT several hours a day) and then living under the first-second clapboard of the house! This is perplexing me because the lowest clapboard is a minimum of 18"off the ground and the driveway touches the entire foundation on this side-there are no gardens, shrubs, etc. near the door. I don't want them in the cellar (found 2 last Fall)-don't want them damaging whatever is under the clapboards. Any suggestions? (09/22/2008)
We just bought a house and are in the process of remolding, while doing some work there we found a baby copperhead in our basement hallway right inside the door. The next day we found another one dead about the size of a large worm. Does this mean there is a den and what should we do? (10/26/2008)
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
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)
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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)
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
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)
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)
How do I get rid of black snakes in the yard and keep them out?
Do cats keep snakes away?