Asked on Jan 10, 2013

Snakes and pigs

KMS WoodworksTammyWoodbridge Environmental


I have been having a real nuisnance problem with Rattlers and Wild pigs. What can I use to deter them? Moth balls or flakes don't really work for the rattlers. I know soon they will be active again and wanted to get ahead of the Rattlers. LOL
The wild pigs are getting to be my biggest problem for the living area of the property and I'm getting ready to allow some friends to come hunting for them. The wild pigs have rooted all the gardens to the point of total destruction in several of them. They have a found way to get around two big dogs that go in and out of the house at different times of the day. At night, the dogs stay inside. I really a believer of let and let live, but now they are interfering with my family's safety and our food supply and my personal livehood. The local farmers don't have as much problem as I do I have found. The farmers say, " It's because I live to close to the population of the city. I'm on the city limits. Any suggestions would be appreciated and welcome. Thank you.
5 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jan 10, 2013

    Sounds like a challenging situtation, Tammy. Anything you can do to make your property less attractive to snakes will help. This would include, to the extent possible, removing brush and rock piles. You may have to fence your vegetable gardens to keep the pigs out. One made from 36-inch high galvanized hardware cloth with a 1/4-inch mesh that is buried 6 inches deep and slanted outward at a 30-degree angle will also keep out snakes.

  • Tammy
    on Jan 10, 2013

    Thanks Doug, I have tried the fencing and it didn't keep the pigs out. The pigs rooted deeper and deeper to the point of having two foot deep trenches. LOL We also have no debris or rocks to remove. We are surrounded by woods literally and with the recent developer building new homes, we have found more and more wildlife invading us. LOL Any more ideas?

  • Run an electric fence wire used for livestock. That will keep those pigs out. Dogs do very little and I would be concerned to use them anyway. Wild pigs will kill a dog in a heart beat. I would allow hunters to go after them. As far as snakes, Douglas Hunt is correct with that also. You need to change the habitat to make it less inviting for them to come and visit. Unless you can figure out how to put a electric fence in only one inch off of the ground. lol

  • Tammy
    on Jan 10, 2013

    Thank you Woodbridge, we haven't tried to use the electric fencing yet because of the expense, but it seems we will have no choice. Yes, I know Doug was right about the snakes, but we don't have any debris laying around. My husband is actually taking more of the woods down around us, so we can see what is coming at us. Ya'll are awesome. I appreciate all the postings both of ya'll do.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 10, 2013

    When I was working my way through grad school I worked at a equestrian center, we used "hog fencing" as the barrier between the horses stalls. This is super heavy duty welded wire grid panels. The lower edge had a tighter pattern for a foot or so. the upper grid was about 4" x 4". This fencing if properly set up with sturdy 4x4 post would do the trick. From a cost perspective, a box of 30-06 ammo would be far cheaper than a fence or electric system....not to mention you could stock your freezer.

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