Thursday, March 10, 2011

Yard and Garden Snake Removal

Removal of snakes from your yard can be a little tricky especially if they are poisonous.  The best way to remove the snake is to make your yard uncomfortable and change their habitat.  

My home is located in the woods and for years, my yard was snake heaven.  The snakes resided in our rock wall, and in the garden close to the pond.  Know that I do not mind nonvenomous snakes living in my yard, but the venomous snakes must be removed.

 If you have snakes in your yard you will need to determine what kind of snake calls your yard home.  Black, garter and non-poisonous snakes are fine they control the rodents, but if there are venomous snakes then I would recommend that you remove snakes from your property.

The best way to get rid of snakes is to manicure your yard and to remove their food and water source.  

Remove ground level fountains: Image by Sgolis
Remove woodpile as it attracts snakes: Image by Sgolis

Clean up yard and garden. Remove all clutter; leaves, woodpile, excess rock, straw and ground level compost.   Mow your lawn so that the grass is short, cut back brush and weed your gardens. If possible remove all ground level water fountains as they will attract rodents

Treat the manicured lawn and garden with a rodent pest control. By doing this you will remove the snake forage from your yard.  Make the snakes living area uncomfortable with mothballs. 

Mothballs are toxic to other animals but when it comes to snakes they will leave the area that is treated.  The best way to remove the snakes from a rock wall area is to dig a trench that is a foot deep next to you rock wall  (see photo bellow of the trench that I dug)  Drop a few mothballs into the hole and backfill with the soil. Snakes that live in the rock crevices all year round will leave the area to get away from the mothballs.
The trench along the wall for mothball snake control 

Another way to control snake populations naturally is to encourage feral and stray cats to hang out in your yard.  These cats will hunt and eat the snakes.  

If you are not a cat lover you can get rid of snakes from your yard by trapping them.  The humane snake trap is made of durable plastic however it is light in weight so if you intend on trapping outdoors it is best to set it up on a calm day.  The best way to achieve positive results from the traps to watch for snakes, note their location and then set the trap close to where you have viewed the snake.  

The trap is baited with the scent of a rodent and the interior of the trap has a glue board.  When the snake enters the trap chamber it loses mobility and is not able to exit the trap.  

If you have land that is over populated by venomous snakes, you can do a controlled burn.  Contact your local fire department to schedule a burn.


Keep kids and pets away from mothballs

 Snake removal products that I recommend: 

Humane Snake Trap
Catchmaster Glue Boards

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