Denise Elkins
Denise Elkins
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  • Manassas, VA
Asked on May 4, 2017

What can I do about Snakes!?

Sherry CaseDenise ElkinsBulldog
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I live in an area where I've never had any problems with snakes. Due to some serious construction in the surrounding community, I now have snakes slithering into my back yard. I also have dogs, so I have to be cautious of what I can utilize. I already deal with wolf spiders, foxes and possums- I am clueless about snakes!
5 answers
  • Neil L. Gwinn
    on May 4, 2017

    If you can have them "free-range" poultry. They love to eat ticks and fleas AND they also keep snakes away, too.
    • Denise Elkins
      on May 4, 2017

      Oh don't I wish! I would love that but our county considers chickens unsuitable for suburb life. Fresh eggs everyday would be so great though!
  • Parle
    on May 4, 2017

    Most snakes are non-venomous and helpful to your environment - they eat a lot of bugs, spiders, mice, rats - depending on their type and size. Most of them don't want to encounter you but they can be scary when you're surprised by one. In tall grassy or lush areas, I just use a rake handle to brush around before sticking my hands in and they'll pretty much just leave. Check out the many online sites to see what snakes are common for your area and exactly what you're dealing with. In my area I do have mostly venomous snakes like rattlers, cottonmouths and copperheads but when encountered, I've never had one become aggressive - they just scurry away. There's no surefire solution (mothballs, red pepper, etc) but your dogs will probably alert you and possums and raccoons as well as chickens are pretty good for helping to decimate their population too. Good luck.
  • Bulldog
    on May 4, 2017

    I know they do not like to crawl over big hemp rope maybe you can lay some out on your fence line
  • Denise Elkins
    on May 4, 2017

    Thank you for your information....I know I shouldn't be so alarmed- it's a new challenge for me. My first encounter a few weeks ago was sitting on my lower deck enjoying the sunny afternoon, when my puppy began yapping at something. Less than a foot away was from my foot was a 2 foot garden snake also enjoying the sunny afternoon!
    • 861650
      on May 5, 2017

      Denise, green garden snakes eats bugs and SPIDERS. Black snakes eat rodents, lizards, moles, mice, etc. I would not worry about them. Venomous snakes is a whole new ballgame but they like to hide and slither away when you are near. About your yard. Keep your grass and yard trimmed so they have "no hiding places" like wood piles, rock piles, tall grasses and water. Keep your shrubs trimmed up too!
  • Sherry Case
    on May 5, 2017

    Moth balls scattered around the perimeter of your yard.
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