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Why are there snakes in my garden? I love landscaping and enjoy staying in my garden planting and more, but since I saw the first snake a year ago I am very nervous.
Every week I find a snake in my garden front and or back yard. So, why that happen? I want to retake my garden work, but I am scared. Usually I find a black snake about 12 inches and yesterday I found a ringsnake, very small, in front of my door. Help please.
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By dorys ricoveri from Coral Springs, FL
You will feel better when you Google and identify what snakes these are. Most are doing good things like eating bugs. Are there poisonous snakes in your area? Ask neighbors. Learn to identify poison snakes that may be in your area. Sure they need to be killed or removed. The others are probably helping you and your garden and you needn't have such a dislike. Study to understand. It helps the fear.
The easiest way to get rid of snakes is to put moth balls out and around the garden that you speak of. Moth balls are toxic to snakes and they will stay away!
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My yard is full of snakes. I'm scared that they will bite me, but I don't want them dead. How can I make them stay out my yard? There are black ones and red ones.
By lillian from FL
There must be something in your garden that the snakes want to eat, such as rodents or bugs. The snakes will not stay where there is no food for them to eat. (05/29/2010)
Google Snake-A-Way. I hear it is a good product. Hope this helps. (05/29/2010)
Buy a couple big plastic owls or black birds and place around your yard, it's supposed to work. (06/01/2010)
Does anyone know how to get rid of snakes and keep them away? Too many snakes in and around my garden. They seem to be living in the crevices of an old stone fireplace.
Sulfur from a garden center will keep snakes away. However, if they are garter snakes they are probably benefiting the garden area, less bugs, rodents, etc. They do not stay where there is no food, so consider that before you get rid of them, you may end up with a bigger problem with mice, etc. If they are poisonous, then by all means, use powdered sulfur. As for killing them, I have no idea, but I did see my father use a cast iron skillet once, it worked too. (07/02/2004)
As long as the snakes are not poisonous, they are helpful critters. They eat rodents and also king snakes eat baby rattlers. When I found a king snake I named him Elvis. (07/02/2004)
I live in Florida near a swamp and have tried a very old remedy that works well for keeping snakes away, moth balls. Snakes hate it. Sprinkle around the perimeter of your yard or the area you want to keep snake free. Keep out of reach from pets and children. (07/03/2004)
By Patti Isaac
If you live where you can have barnyard animals. I have heard that guinea fowl will kill snakes. Give it a try. (07/03/2004)
Here's a link to an article we just posted.
Hey give the snakes a break. They actually help you believe it or not. They get rid of the rodents in your garden which actually eat your plants. (11/25/2005)
If they're garter (often called "garden snakes") you should keep them. They are beneficial pest removers. Cats tend to like them for a snack and that can keep the population down. Other snakes, while scary to some of us also keep down the rodent population.
If they are poisonous snakes, you can call your local humane society or ASPCA. I think they'll help you out by removing the poisonous snakes for you and releasing them into more remote, wilderness areas. (04/07/2006)
Will mothballs or sulfur hurt the yard animals or the horses? I really need to keep the snakes out of my garden.
Editor's Note: Mothballs are toxic. They can cause harm to animals livers. Sulfur can also be poisonous in large amounts.
Some species of snakes, are venomous (or "poisonous", as many people say) and must be removed when they get too close to humans or domestic animals. The Copperhead, the Canebrake (or Timber) Rattlesnake, the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, the Pygmy Rattlesnake, the Water Moccasin (or "Cottonmouth"), and the Eastern Coral Snake.
We called a professional to remove a copperhead that was living in a shed. For anyone trying to remove a venomous snake it's a good idea to get a professional instead of a bite.
The following information was taken from SnakesAreUs.com which is based in Georgia. I hope this helps everyone. Visit the website for much more information.
A Snake Free Yard
Are you living with snakes? Almost everyone has snakes on their property and for some reason does not want them there. Southeastern Reptile Rescue understands that not everyone is like us and does not appreciate a black rat snake sharing the garage. Because of this, we are here to give you information on how to snake proof your home without killing the snakes.
You must first understand that we at Southeastern Reptile Rescue do not believe in evolution. We believe in Almighty God who created all life and has a purpose and plan for everything. We are not trying to get everyone to love snakes as we do. We know that is impossible. We do however wish to give people understanding and discount the many myths surrounding snakes and show that some snakes are not bad to have around.
Snakes do a wonderful job of keeping the rodent population in check. And, there are some of God's other creatures that keep the reptiles population in check. Man already does enough damage to the environment through pollution and habitat destruction. Let's not make it worse by destroying the creatures that we built our houses on top of. Remember, they were here first.
Sotheastern Reptile Rescue also offers Snake Removal Services.
We are licensed by the state of Georgia for Snake Removal.
For more information go to our website at www.snakesareus.com
Guide to a Snake Free Yard
Basic things you can do to lessen snake encounters on your property:
Some retailers sell snake repellent in their garden sections. If it actually did what it claimed, we would have a link right here for you to buy it from us so we could benefit as well. Jason, of Southeastern Reptile Rescue has personally spoken with the president of a local company who specializes in snake removal and pushes the sale of its $200. plus snake treatment using the snake repellent. Jason was told by this president that he himself does not believe that the repellent actually works and that it is more for the customers peace of mind than anything else. We disagree. We believe it is more for a piece of the customers' wallet. If having snake repellent sprinkled around your house allows you to sleep better at night, then buy it. But, we will not sell it to you.
After all, people's fear of snakes is psychologically based, I guess the cure should be, also. Various home remedies have been suggested for repelling snakes and several have been tested to determine if they repel black rat snakes. Treatments included moth balls, sulfur, gourd vines, a tacky bird repellent, lime, cayenne pepper spray, sisal rope, coal tar, creosote, artificial skunk scent, and musk from a king snake (king snakes eat other snakes). None of these remedies prevented the snakes from crossing them.
So what does all this mean? We cannot totally prevent snakes from entering our property, but we can lessen the chance of them choosing to stay. Instead of living in fear, we must learn to co-exist with snakes instead of always trying to kill them.
My brother puts hemp rope around his yard. He lives in an area that has rattlesnakes and he has kids and animals. He put the rope around the bottom of the fence and has yet to have a problem.
We saw a snake in our house and it ate my hamster. So, we put mothballs out and then we went to the local pharmacy and got cinnamon capsules. We threw them up by the house and haven't seen a snake less than about 100 yards from the house since. (08/07/2008)
By snake hater
I was burning some yard waste Saturday and when I pulled a dry old branch out of the edge of the yard by the woods there was a copper head. He curled around the branch so I shook him off in a 5 gallon bucket and covered him up. I have 5 children all under 10 and two dogs on runners right by where I found him.
After reading everything here and talking to Snakes Are Us I've decided to take him to work with me tomorrow and turn him loose in the bosses office. I'm kidding, I'll let him go in the woods at lunch while I'm out 4 wheeling. If it wasn't for the kids the dogs and the cats spending so much time outside I'd just toss him back in the woods behind the house. Anyway no reason to kill him, he's caught I'll just help him find a home in another neck of the woods. (05/18/2009)
I really would love to see what research all these people are looking at, but lime, mothballs, sulfur, and diesel "do not" keep snakes away.
If you have snakes in your yard and don't want them there, get rid of the rodents and cover they find in your yard. If you have horses and there's feed all over the place, it doesn't take too much brainpower to figure out why rodents are there, and in turn why snakes are there. Use metal containers whenever you can, keep your property free of debris, and keep the place clean.
As for killing the snakes, here are the stats. 86% are men. 64% of those are trying to be tough guys and take care it it themselves. Venomous snake bites can be avoided by simply calling someone with training to deal with them. If you grew up in the country and saw 20 of them growing up, you're still not an expert.
Why should you listen to me on this over the guy at Home Depot who recommended lime? Because if you Google "field herpetology" my site is the third one down. I know my way around a snake, and find hundreds each year. (01/13/2010)