Can anyone please give me ideas on earth friendly ways to keep snakes out of my yard with things I have at home? I had a rattlesnake on my front porch one morning and now I am terrified to go outside. I do live in the country and have never seen any of this for 14 years. We have 5 cats and I thought they were suppose to keep them away. Help!
We've had a lot of luck with mothballs around our house. I live in East Texas near where you are, so I understand. They do stink, so be ready for that, but it's better than a snake in the house! However, it is starting to cool down, so they will be going into hibernation soon. We treat the area right around the house in March every year as it starts to warm back up.
Well I was always told to pound the ground or floor with a stick the vibrations will make a snake move I not sure if this works or not. But I always hit the ground hard with my walking stick, and have not seen a snake in my path. Is there a nest (I think that's what they call them) around your steps, or porch, etc?
I agree with the use of Mothballs. It works but does smell for a while after putting them around.
We have had the same problem this week; I think it's because the summer is ending and they are looking for places to spend the winter.
I have always heard that if you sprinkle sulfur around the house and yard it will keep them away. Hope it works. Good luck.
I have had luck with spreading sulfur around the perimeter of my yard. It comes in bulk form and has to be spread by hand - cannot use a spreader. Good luck and God bless you.
I used to always call the local Animal Control unit of the police dept to deal with a wide range of animals.They do so kindly!
Here is what I have called them for :
possum (got in under kitchen sink)
ground squirrels (came in thru chimney flu & chewed the playpen)
a black snake (nested behind my kitchen stove)
rattle snake (in my back yard going up a patio pole after unhatched bird eggs)
I have even gotten them to remove cats & such that are hit by cars.
You might let them deal with it for you!
Here they use a pole with a hoop on the end to catch with!
I too live in rattle snake country and have tried all the home remedies to no avail. I have found the best way is to keep you grass mowed very short and the fields around your home brush hogged. Remove any piles of wood, construction material, and rubbish as this gives them a place to hunt and a place to hide. Keep your rodent population down and be certain that all feed is kept in metal containers when stored outside as this attacts rodents which attract snakes. Dogs and cats help but are not match for a rattle snake. The snakes in my area are not very aggressive and will try to get away. Thats not to say they are not dangerous and should be avoided. Identify your type of snake and research it. They are very temp intolerant and that determines the time of day that they are active. Good luck and do not let this ruin your happy life in the country. Just be alert and be careful.
Have any of your cats had kittens, or have any gone missing lately?I ask because we had a huge rattlesnake on our back steps once,and after we killed it, I realized where our kittens had been disappearing too. Sad, but true.
If a snake is coming around, he's looking for one of two things: A place to live or something to eat. If it's hot, he will look for someplace shady (like under your house).
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