The worst “uninvited guests“you may find in your house are snakes.
Understandably, nobody would want to be living with these crawling reptiles in their house. Keeping snakes away from your house is a challenge that nobody would want to face, since it is hard to find effective snake repellents. Many people who have tried various kinds of repellents to get rid of snakes said that some methods to repel snake contain chemicals that can be dangerous to humans and the environment, while some methods even though contain natural ingredients don’t always prove as 100% effective against snakes.
There are effective natural repellents for eliminating ants and cockroaches, but do snake repellents from natural ingredients actually give the 100%protection against snakes?
Over the years, people have suggested different kinds of homemade remedies to repel snakes, which contain fox urine, skunk scent, smoke, and mixtures containing ingredients like garlic, onions, and cayenne pepper, but none of these snake control methods have proven as effective.
How to Prevent Snakes Getting into Your Backyard and Home
According to most experts the best kind of natural repellent to keep snakes away from your home is to make sure not to attract them in the first place. Professor Gary San Julian claims that, since most repellents do not always provide the best results in eliminating snakes, the best way to eliminate them is to reduce their habitat.
How to keep snakes away from the home
Snakes usually enter homes and properties to look for food (i.e. mice or rats) or find shelter. Therefore effective methods should prevent crawling reptile entering you home as the best way to eliminate them.
Researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University recommend 3 steps to help get rid of snakes from your home.
- Eliminate all food sources, keep your home free from rodents, don’t leave opened food containers out and don’t leave pet food out overnight if you have a problem of snakes getting into your living area.
- Make sure you seal any openings where snakes can enter. Close off or seal up any large cracks or openings where snakes or rodents can come into your home. You need to check places where cables enter the home or where you have ventilation vents. You can either seal up large holes or place wire mesh over the opening. Also, close off any spaces under doors or around windows where creepy crawlies such as mice, rats, or snakes can come in.
- It is of great importance to get rid of bushes or plants from the home foundation because snakes tend to hide in bushes and undergrowth. You can prevent these reptiles entering into your property by not allowing them to live or nest directly beside your house.
How to keep snakes away from your backyard
The best protection for your family and pets from snakes is by taking measures to eliminate them from areas surrounding your home. The perfect habitat for snakes is where they can find food, water and shelter. Therefore, snakes are less likely to enter your home if you disturb or eliminate their habitat from around your home.
The Iowa State University recommends some ways to help keep snakes off your property.
- Snakes love to hide in long grass and overgrown bushes so make sure you keep the lawn short around or near your property.
- Try to keep landscaping simple and reduce the number of spaces crevices in landscaping where snakes can find shelter and hide. Remember that ponds can attract frogs which can be food sources for snakes. Placing pine cones, rock chips, or rose bush clippings around your garden can help make these areas uncomfortable for snakes to slither across.
- Don’t stack wood. Stacked wood also provides shelter to snakes from aerial predators like hawks. Snakes love to hide in the gaps between piles of wood since they are warm areas where they can maintain their body temperatures.
What to Do if You Encounter a Snake in the Home
However, despite using all the possible methods to to keep snakes away from your home and prevent them inhabiting your backyard, there is still a possibility for you to encounter a snake in the home.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University recommends that if the snake is non-venomous, you can try coaxing it into a large box placed on the side. Or you could scoop up the snake with a large-bladed shovel or broom handle. However, if you are uncertain as to the species of snake and don’t know if it is poisonous or not, you should not try to catch it.
Effective Snake Traps
Humane glue snake traps are also useful if you want to capture snakes that are loose in your home. you should stick to the snake as it slithers over the glue trap and then rendering it immobile. The snake can then be carefully eliminated from the home and released from the trap by pouring some vegetable oil on it.
According to the University of Florida, glue board snake traps are placed along walls to trap snakes. However, killing of snakes is banned in most states unless they could jeopardize your life. Therefore, you should check the trap daily for snakes and make sure not to die in the traps.
If it’s not possible to trap snakes, you can usually get them away from your home by opening external doors and closing the internal doors in your house to allow the snake to escape. If you are unsure if the snake is venomous or not, or you can’t locate the snake in your home, then you should call a professional to get rid of it.