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Are you searching for the best way to keep snakes away from your house? Your chances of having a snake control problem increase greatly when you have a healthy ecosystem with a variety of vegetation, animals and insects. These reptiles can be a danger to home owners in almost every country around the globe. Most species are not venomous but it is still very unsettling to know they are on your property. Today I will teach you how to keep snakes away for good!

1. Prevention and Maintenence

Snakes are not any different from every other creature on this planet. They are merely seeking a steady supply of food and a safe place to live. The first step in keeping snakes away from your house is to control the factors that are attracting them there in the first place. It is time to roll up your sleeves and do some work in your yard.

  • Remove weeds, excess vegetation, piles of debris and any other areas where snakes can hide.
  • Lawn maintence is also important so mow your yard regularly. This will also help with controlling mice and other insects.
  • Keep all firewood piles elevated from the ground.
  • Don’t use birdseeds or baths and clean up fruits and nuts that have fallen onto your lawn. This is mostly to eliminate rodents and other food supplies.
  • Inspect and seal any crevices around the foundation of your house to keep snakes from getting inside.
  • Install screens over vents and seal openings around plumbing that is entering or exiting your home.
  • Store lumber and woodpiles at least 2 feet off the ground.
  • Keep compost piles in a closed container to keep snakes and rodents away from your house.

*Most people tend to overlook these important steps in favor of a repellent. Please understand that these steps are critical to the pest control process. These steps will serve as an important part of our integrated treatment plan. Prevention and maintenance is the key to getting rid of snakes, and keep them away for good!

2. Getting Rid of the Snake's Food Supply

The next step will be to eliminate their food supply. If you can successfully get rid of rodents and insects, their predators will move along. The steps you complete in the previous section will help a great deal with this process. In addition to that, you should also treat your home with an outdoor mouse repellent. You may also need to treat for other pests depending on which food your intruder is eating. This is very important if you want to keep snakes away from your house permanently.

3. How to Get Them Out With a Natural Repellent

Now that the food supply is dwindling and your yard is looking super neat, it is time to use a natural repellent. This is not a way to keep snakes away from your house on its own. As I mentioned before, this is a 3 part process. If you have not completed the previous steps, you will see no results from using a repellent. I always caution families to stay away from harsh chemical treatments. There are natural oils that work just as well for getting rid of snakes. I like to use a mixture of cinnamon and clove oil. It works great. If you need more information about mixing up a homemade batch, or where to get a pre-made version, check out the quick video above.

Tip: Never use mothballs as a pest control solution. They are manufactured with a dangerous ingredient that has been banned by the EPA! It can cause severe health problems for humans and animals.

4. Snakes in your Garden?

In addition to utilizing the tips we have already discussed, there is an additional step you can take to keep snakes away from your garden. Use mesh hardware cloth to enclose the entire area. You can purchase this stuff at your local hardware store. The total height should be at least 36 inches and you should bury the bottom of your wall a few inches into the ground. This could be a lot of work depending on the size of your garden. However, this is a fantastic way to keep snakes away from your house naturally.

5. A Final Word

In many cases it is best to just leave these critters alone. They play an important role in the health of the mini-ecosystem in your back yard. Most species are harmless and actually help to control the population of other non-beneficial pests. You can contact your local animal control office to request information about the danger of certain types of snakes in your neighborhood. If you find out that you do need to get rid of them, this is the quickest and safest solution.

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<p>You know, I like your post. The caution about the mothballs is something I haven't considered. I'm old so I have a story or five...</p><p>My folks live in an attached home. A couple of years ago, squirrels made a home in the common wall. Someone (not I), told him mothballs would kick them out. He pulled an electric socket plate and dropped some in. The pests were gone, both homes were polluted for about a month. Moral? Aside from don't do it, leave an escape if it doesn't go quite as planned. He should have put a couple of them in a net type deal, along with an attached string. At least he would have had choices.</p><p>Ok, last one. I heard this from someone who was also old, at the time I was young. People who raised chickens would occasionally have long scary visitors. They would get through knotholes and snag an egg or two and leave the same way they got in. Since hens couldn't count, a smart farmer would have a hen or two try to hatch a glass doorknob. The snake would eventually consume a really solid unhatchable egg. The marauder no longer had a way out. Couple of points. The farmers got rid of snakes large enough to choke down an egg, smaller ones still kept down the rodents. Compromise ensued. I suppose the end moral is think things through, plan ahead.</p>
So I just reverse these tips to encourage them to live on my property?
<p>Great tips!</p>

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