I babysit my grandkids at my son's house. It is on the end of the street with a big backyard next to a wooded area. Last night while taking out garbage my son thought he saw a snake in the trash can. I am terrified of snakes, I would sooner see a monster in the yard. Is there anythin that will be a deterrent for snakes? They also have a dog and I wouldn't want to poison her in the process. Please help.
I live in FL and boy oh boy do we have snakes. Like you I am terrified of them. We have found that putting Snakeaway in the garden and around the foundation of the house helps. You can buy it at Home Depot, Tru Value, Ace, and some of the larger Wal Marts carry it. Hope this helps you. (05/16/2005)
By Louise B.
My granny used to use moth balls and just throw them around the area she didn't want to cross paths with them. She swore by them. (05/16/2005)
Use lime. (05/17/2005)
Snakes are beneficial as long as the snakes aren't poisonous or extremely large. Snakes kill mice, rats, and other pests. Usually if you ignore them, they will go away on their own. Call your local state park or another source of information and find out how to recognize the snakes in your area. My kids were taught to identify wildlife and their habits so they had a better understanding of nature. (05/17/2005)
Snakeaway is not worth the money. I had seen 2 snakes at my place, so I bought some Snakeaway, $15 and used the whole container around the house and under it. 2 days later, what did I see? Another snake sitting on top of the stuff so I put moth balls out, my mother swore by them as well. Been told sulfur and lime will work as well. So am waiting to see if there are more around. I will be getting a cat for outside, maybe that will be the best way. But Lord knows if one gets inside the house I will have a heart attack. (05/18/2007)
I have found Snake repellent sold at Tractor Supply Co. works and does not smell like mothballs. A friend told me to keep Seven dust out around the house, snakes seem to not like it. I haven't tried that.
I have found that keeping a mongoose with you at all times will prevent snakes. I have three who I take everywhere with me. Work is sometimes a bit funny about it, but I have never encountered a snake so they clearly work. I have attached a picture of my mongoose with a snake he caught recently (09/12/2008)
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