Although snakes are considered fascinating creatures by many, the most common reaction to seeing them on one’s property is always one of great horror. Snakes are predators which are incredibly tricky to capture, and the best thing you can do if you find a few slithering across your property is to quickly call the experts. Don’t try to catch them yourself, especially if you have no idea what kind of snakes they are because you could be putting yourself in great danger. Leave the removal to people who have the best techniques and equipment, and then have them inspect your property for the presence of nests where other snakes could be hiding.
Now, if you want to make sure that your family’s dwelling is free from them, here are five easy tips on how to get rid of snakes for good.
- Get a cat – Better yet, get more than one cat. Felines not only make nice house pets but they are predators to many snakes as well. If you tend to see little snakes in your property quite often, letting your cats roam outdoors will surely take care of them.
- Locate potential nesting places for snakes – The slithering reptiles love those nooks and crannies under the house, compost holes, and leaf and wood piles. See if these places have nests and if they do, completely destroy the dens right away. Get some advice from the pros on how to humanely destroy snake dens.
- Leave snake repellent in moist, dank places that snakes are likely to inhabit — the scent of these items repels snakes; any area where the scents of snake repellent and even pepper spray permeate is automatically avoided by the reptiles.
- Keep your yard clean – Rubbish can attract a bunch of other pests like mice, roaches and other creepy crawlies that are food to snakes. If you wish to keep snakes off your domain, make sure that your property is not the perfect “hunting ground” or “buffet feast” for them. Also, garbage piles are known to be ideal hiding places for snakes, so just keep your property clean, get rid of debris and piles of dried leaves regularly, and snakes will not likely appear.
- Mow your lawn regularly – Tall grass provides a good hiding place for mice, rats, squirrels, crickets and grasshoppers – snakes favorite kinds of prey.
- Install snake-proof fencing — this fine wire mesh fence will prevent them from slithering onto your property.
- Plant marigolds – They are beautiful flowers that can bring a cheery look to your property, but their strong scent is also known to deter snakes.