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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 22, 20160 found this helpful

Black snakes appear because food is available so perhaps leaving them MIGHT be beneficial. If you live in an area where poisonous snakes live, keep the black snakes around because they'll keep the area cleared. Copperheads and Water Moccasins don't usually show up when black snakes are around. If you decide to rid yourself of black snakes, get someone to catch them and release miles away. They are a good snake that will help control vermin. Most important: snakes require a nesting area, water, and food. They're either passing thru or they've found a home.

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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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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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February 16, 20140 found this helpful

I do not know how to spell, but I use suffer. Go to a garden and seed store ask for garden suffer. get a knee high stocking and put some in the stocking. Then sprickle the suffer all around and throw some under the deck. try to get some on the snake. or use " snake away".

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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.

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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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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 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.com/how_5969427_rid-snakes-pond.html

Good luck and blessings, Robyn from Tennessee

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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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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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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 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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January 11, 20140 found this helpful

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

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