How do I repel snakes?

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  • Glen Glen on May 22, 2019

    Snakes do not like flea and tick yard granules, even if sprinkled in a garage, as my mother did in her garage. Of course, a lot depends on what other animals and children you might have on site.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on May 22, 2019

    There is a product out called I must garden snack repellent all natural won’t harm animals or humans

  • Angela Stallcup Weathers Angela Stallcup Weathers on May 22, 2019

    Moth balls!

    I put ONE by each door, ONE on each side of the porch. I specify ONE because they will have a strong odor to the snakes, not so much for humans. When the ball melts, replace it. Just don't let pets (My dogs HATE the smell) or children get hold of them!

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    • Angela Stallcup Weathers Angela Stallcup Weathers on May 22, 2019

      They ARE toxic, that's why I said to keep away from pets and children. I disagree with them NOT repelling snakes. We had a LOT of copperheads, for several years, in our yard, where my grand kids play. After placing these at door entrances and our porch, we have not had them near our house. They can have the acreage, I want my yard.

  • If you have snakes, you have a food supply for them, i.e. rats and mice. Snakes are actually beneficial in the yard. If poisonous (I deal with rattle snakes almost every day), then that is a different story. Here are some things you can try.

    You might also consider snake fencing.

    Be careful with purchased or home remedies if you have pets or children. Many can be toxic to them.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on May 22, 2019

    • Because some snakes can be dangerous, don't handle any snake if you are not absolutely sure what type it is. If you don't know what type of snake you are dealing with, treat the snake as if it might be venomous. Don't handle it and keep children and pets away. Snakes are most likely to bite when harassed. Consider taking a photograph of the snake if possible to aid in identification. There are many resources available to help you identify a snake, including your local cooperative extension office, and state wildlife agency. You can also look up the snake in a field guide, or search the internet for information on snakes in your area.Chemical snake repellents are available, but they can pose risks to people, pets, or the environment if they are not used properly. Always be sure to read and follow all label directions if you decide to use one of these products.
    • Only use repellents that specifically state on the label that they are snake repellents, and use them only according to the label instructions.
    • Snakes enter areas inhabited by people in search of food and shelter. The easiest thing you can do is make your home and yard less appealing to them.
    • Prevent snake problems by removing their food sources like rodents. Don't leave pet food out and store animal feed in tight containers.
    • Snakes like cool damp places to hide. Seal entry points into your crawl space or basement which are greater than ¼ inch in diameter.
    • Make sure door sweeps and window screens fit tightly. Cover vents and drains that lead into your home with galvanized screening.
    • Snakes also find shelter under scrap metal, wood piles, trash, and other debris. Keep your yard area free of possible hiding places, including tall grass and weeds which can attract prey for snakes.
    • You can also consider building a snake-proof fence around your home or garden if other methods fail to control the snakes.
    • If you have a snake in the house, there are mechanical traps that can be used to capture it. For assistance identifying or removing a snake, try calling your local cooperative extension office, animal control officer (look in the local telephone book), or state wildlife agency.