How to Deter Snakes From Your Yard

by Chrystal Johnson on June 9, 2014

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deter-snakesThe easiest way to deter snakes from your yard is to move Ireland. The legend is that St. Patrick somehow chased them all away. Since the majority of us don’t live in Ireland, we need some better solutions for those serpents that call our yard home. Although many snakes are quite good to have around, most people still want all things with no legs gone from their yard. Here are some easy and quick steps to rid your yard of these misunderstood reptiles.

Clean up the Yard

Snakes love to have places to hide. A pile of cans, an old flower pot, a folded tarp or pile of trash are all great hiding places for snakes. The fewer things you have around the yard, the fewer places that the snakes have to hide. A messy yard can virtually guarantee snake activity because that brings the mice. When the mice arrive, it is like ringing the snake’s dinner bell.

Get a Pet

Unless you have a mongoose that you are willing to set free in the yard, your pet isn’t going to completely keep the snakes away. However, it will deter them a bit. Be sure to clean up after your pet though. Their feces and food dishes make them prime candidates for attracting rodents. When your pets attract rodents, rodents attract snakes.

Although pets can deter snakes of some types, you can also put your pet at risk. Depending on where you live in America, there are up to four different types of venomous snakes around. These include the cottonmouth, copperhead, coral snake and various subspecies of rattlesnakes. If you happen to live in Florida, you also would need to worry about various pythons that have been breeding in recent years. These constrictors are big enough to make a meal of your pet. Consider these things before turning your pet loose to keep snakes away.

Seal All Openings

It’s one thing to see a snake in the garden. It’s a whole other thing to see one in your home or shed. You need to seal all the openings to make sure snakes can’t get in in the first place. Wood and caulk sometimes works, but they don’t prevent other animals from getting in. If you want to make a good seal that will prevent snakes and other animals from getting in, try using thin metal sheets. Keep in mind that if a rodent is able to get into your shed, a snake is going to be attracted to it as well.

Eliminate Standing Ground Water

While some yards have built in ponds or other water sources, others simply have standing water. If you have something that is there on purpose such as a fountain, pond or swimming pool, you will simply have to understand that snakes will be attracted to it. Like us, snakes will be attracted to water sources. If you have damp areas in your yard, however, that are simply trouble areas…clean it up. Not only will you eliminate it as a snake issue, you will also eliminate a mosquito problem as well.

Deterring snakes is really a bit of a mistake for most homeowners because a rise in the number of rodents is virtually guaranteed. Without snakes, we would be absolutely overrun with rodents. That is far worse than the occasional harmless serpent. If, however, you are dealing with venomous species, then you need to take measures to rid yourself of them. Contact a professional to remove them if you come across one. Deterring snakes is really about making your yard inhospitable. Take away their food, eliminate their hiding spots and all sources of water and you will be in great shape for the most part.

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 MJ Dee June 11, 2014 at 9:39 am

Love this article! Snakes are a big problem here in Florida and boy, do I hate snakes of any kind. We found two Pygmy Rattlesnakes in our yard last year and with three dogs, it was quite an ordeal! Thanks for sharing this important information!

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