How To Remove Snakes From Your Garden

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While snakes are not like most garden pests in that they will not kill your plants or eat your food, they can still present an annoyance that you may want to get rid of, especially if you have small pets or animals in your home and garden. This is doubly true if you live in an area that has a high population of venomous snakes, which can pose a threat to both you and your pets. Thankfully, there are a variety of different things that you can do to control your garden's snake population:

Get Rid of Prey

The prime attractant for snakes is food, and if you have a lot of rodents and other small animals living in your garden, you're practically inviting snakes inside. In order to cut back on their population (and by extension, your snake population), you should trim the grass and vegetation down in your yard. This removes nesting areas for rodents. In addition, you should also remove piles of rocks and wood which may do the same thing, and ensure that your garbage cans are properly sealed. Move any pet food or other potential food sources inside or to an area that can't be accessed by small animals. You can also purchase and install either lethal or humane traps to catch rodents and remove them from your yard.

Spray Repellent

You can purchase specific snake repellent at most hardware stores, either in grain or liquid form. You'll want to spread it around the majority of your yard, especially in any areas with thick vegetation or where you have seen snakes before. After covering the entirety of your yard, you should also make an effort to spread repellent along the baseline of all of your fences and the edge of your yard to discourage snakes from entering in the future. You may have to reapply the repellent after a certain period of time or after it rains, so check the directions.

Install Traps

You can also purchase snake traps from hardware stores that you can place in your garden to capture and remove snakes. Most traps are either glue based or trap snakes simply by virtue of their construction, using a maze like structure. You'll have to check the traps periodically to see if you've captured a snake and remove the snake (in a pillowcase, which is both breathable and durable enough that it won't be able to escape) to an area far from your home. You can use any sort of vegetable oil to get a snake out of a glue trap, and you can simply open up maze traps. Be sure to wear thick gloves for your own safety when freeing a snake from a trap.

Contact a pest extermination company for more information and assistance. 

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