How to Keep Snakes Away From Your House

Introduction: How to Keep Snakes Away From Your House

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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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    3 years ago

    "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."...................................I have to take exceptions to that ........every grocery store and dollar store in the U.S. sells moth balls..........and I use them!


    4 years ago

    I looked this up, bc I found a baby snake, in my yard, and I’ve got a 6 year old girl, so my question is if u find one, will there or could there be more around, and what do I look for? How many baby’s can a momma snake have??


    4 years ago

    While scary and dangerous, snakes are useful to the ecosystem. They get
    rid of insects, rodents, and spiders. However, in the event you’ve got
    snakes invading your well-kept garden or getting into your home, there
    are homemade repellents to keep them away.

    Using a homemade mixture to repel snakes is a good idea if you live in
    an area heavily populated by snakes. It’s also the more economical
    choice. Commercial brand snake repellents are expensive, and they need
    to be reapplied often.

    One way to repel snakes with a homemade mixture is to use cat litter and
    mothballs. There is serious debate about the use of mothballs, as they
    are carcinogenic and have been known to cause symptoms such as nausea,
    vomiting and diarrhea if inhaled for too long. They are poisonous and
    may cause nasal cancer. However, if you handle the mothballs carefully
    by wearing a face mask and using gloves, you should be okay while mixing
    and administering this mixture.

    Another cautionary note is to be wary of children and animals. Mothballs
    are lethal if ingested, so keep them away from children and pets. You
    can put mothballs into a leg of hosiery or inside of a closed coffee can
    that has holes in it and put it under your porch or in your basement.

    Combine mothballs or moth crystals with the cat litter, using equal
    amounts of each. Mix it into a heavy bag or sealable container then let
    sit for two days. Spread a thick layer in your garden, under your porch
    and around the outside of your house.

    Another homemade mixture to repel snakes is a combination of moth
    crystals and powdered sulfur. Again, wear your face mask and gloves. The
    sulfur has a nasty smell, and is part of the reason why snakes hate it.
    You can dust this mixture in cracks, near holes, and in your garden.

    You can also use the sulfur by itself and sprinkle it where you don’t want snakes to be.

    Another homemade snake repellent: Mix moth ball flakes, Cayenne pepper
    and crushed red pepper. Pour an inch thick of the mixture wherever you
    are trying to keep snakes away from. Here again, keep children and
    animals away from this toxic mixture.

    Lime is another good snake repellent, as it can burn the stomach of an
    invading snake. Pour out a layer of the lime in your garden or around
    the foundation of your home. Again, use caution. Keep children and pets
    away from this area.

    The most toxic-free and natural way to repel snakes? A cat. Some cat
    owners swear their feline friends as great snake attackers. It may be a
    scary thought, but cats know how to deftly kill a snake.

    Whatever method you choose as a homemade snake repellent, be sure to exercise caution and use care.

    A homemade snake repellent is an economical choice to keep dangerous
    snakes away. Use any of the above ideas to restore harmony in your home
    and garden.


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    5 years ago

    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...

    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.

    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.


    5 years ago

    So I just reverse these tips to encourage them to live on my property?