1. Seal crevices
Closer to your house, seal the openings where snakes like to build nests. “Inspect the approval of door bottoms, weep holes, openings where pipes enter, cracks and spaces under eaves,” AWR recommended. “Don’t overlook storerooms and sheds.” Hire a fencing company to combat the problem.
AWR added that closing enough openings to make a difference is more difficult if you own a raised wooden home.
2. Tidy up the yard
Snakes might choose to live on your property or simply travel through, according to AWR. You want to make your property as inhospitable as possible, so concentrate on ridding it of any places snakes would consider spots that are good hide. Remove debris — from heaps of boards, tin, sticks and leaves to flatboats on the ground and piles of bricks to stone, AWR advised — and keep vegetation cut back.
3. Stop servicing the snake’s favored menu
It’s a win-win. When you take away hiding that is potential to snakes, the spots where rat and mice families like to congregate are also eliminated.
Take this one step further, AWR advised, and eliminate rodents that snakes like to snack on. One may want to involve a pest control agent, but you definitely want to practice anti-rodent hygiene, including definitely not leaving pet food out for more than an 60 minutes or so, closing trash cans tightly and securing compost in a sealed container.
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4. Combat the climbers
If limbs from a neighbor’s yard hang over your fence, snakes may use them as an entry to your place. Consider working with your neighbor to get them trimmed.
And you may want to invest in a snake-proof fence if you live in an area where one or more venomous snakes are common. “Small areas where children enjoy can be protected from all toxic and most harmless snakes having snake-proof fence,” NCSU noted. “However, the cost of the fence may make it impractical to protect an entire yard.”
After all this snake talk, AWR does have one bit of great news. “Snakes are rarely abundant at anybody location.” And if all your efforts fail and snakes do make their way inside your yard, AWR recommended the ultimate failsafe.
“The best thing you can do for them,” according to the AWR website for yourself and family is to teach everyone to respect snakes and to be on the lookout. “Remember, don’t touch it at your hands. Use a shovel to place the snake at a deep bucket with a protect. The chances of your encountering a species that is venomous remote, but possible enough to always be careful.”