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

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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

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    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.

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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

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    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

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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?

    By Joan

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    You need to call either animal control or your conservation agent.

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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

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    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: kate.boddington@darlowsmithson.com

    Many thanks

    Kate

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

    By vishnunathgouda from India

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    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.

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    What do you use to get rid of rattlesnakes down in a hole?

    By LR from TX

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Do cats keep snakes away?

    By Kathy from Fair Oaks, TX


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

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