What is the best snake deterent?

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Terrible phoba of snakes keeps me from enjoying our country yard. HOW and What keeps snakes away. Don't tell me about keeping grass cut short--we do that faithfully and still the critters seem to like to streatch out and 'sun themselves'

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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 19, 2018

    Margaret, spread moth balls around the yard. Don’t leave water in the yard as in doggy dishes, bird baths, and small areas that tend to fill during a rain. If you have a porch, enclose it with fine mesh and big nails or staples. And keep a rifle handy, or follow my Mamaw Woods, and keep a sharpened hoe nearby when you go into the yard. Be safe! ☺️

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    • Margaret Ann Marasco Margaret Ann Marasco on Sep 21, 2018

      Husband keeps all these things done consistantly. However, we even found a moccasin on the concrete deck last month and it is 4 ft off the ground!


  • Judy Stogsdill Judy Stogsdill on Sep 19, 2018

    Keep a shovel nearby. I chopped the heads off of three this year. PS I am 76 years of age. Snakes beware.

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    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 21, 2018

      I am so sorry, Margaret. Even if you bought a condo on the tenth floor, you have to park in parking lots, and walk on sidewalks and on porches and patios, and worry about sewers. This must keep you stressed wherever you are. I finally started seeing a psychologist at age 69. He is great for me, basically letting me work out my fears and regrets and challenges one by one, by talking them out. In six months, I’ve been able to put my sexual abuser to rest, figuratively, and several other areas. You can see a therapist one time, six, or as long as it takes. You’re not crazy if you are terrorized by snakes. Just normal and over-reactive. I hope you don’t live in the south. From a Southern Girl, all my life, ☺️

  • Kim Kim on Sep 20, 2018

    Move...that's what I did.

  • Beth Beth on Sep 20, 2018

    You may not care for snakes, but getting rid of them means you will see more of other things -- like rodents. Snakes are helpful, especially in the country. As long as you are not seeing rattlers or copperheads (you didn't say what part of the country you are in) or other poisonous snakes, get a book on different kinds of snakes in your area, a pair of binoculars, and sit on the deck and identify and learn about them. And maybe you will learn to appreciate them for the helpful creatures God made them to be.

    • Margaret Ann Marasco Margaret Ann Marasco on Sep 21, 2018

      True, I don't care if they are alive. I just don't want them around me or where I might be. My phobia is so great that I hyperventalate and totally can not catch my breath. It is an awful feeling. Especially since I suffer from COPD already. We live in south mississippi. Copperheads, rattlers, and moccasins are all prevelant here. Telling me to chop heads or other is useless cause I could never get that close to them if I knew it.

  • Karen Brunck Karen Brunck on Sep 21, 2018

    Hi Margaret Ann. There's a product called 'snake away', I don't know how well it will work in your situation though. I just use it around the perimeter of the house and deck. It seems to help. You could also try using the little mobile pinwheels that are used to keep vibrations going in the ground. They're made to keep moles and gopher turtles from burrowing. I stepped into a copperhead nest when I was young. My guardian angel neighbor plucked me out and away, so I know your fear all too well!

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    • Karen Brunck Karen Brunck on Sep 21, 2018

      Shudder!

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 21, 2018

    Margaret, buy a case. Sound as if SnakeAway could empower you! Thanks, Karen Brunk. ☺️

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