HOW TO KEEP SNAKES OFF FROM YOUR HOMES
Imagine seeing a snake around your house or yard, how terrifying that may be. It’s really going to be a very shocking scenario. Most snakes are non-poisonous and are good for our garden, feasting on pets that damage and destroy our plants.
But however, snakes have this terrifying stigma that makes one startle when he or she sees it. So if you hate snakes as much as I do, and don’t want to see them around your house or yard then this article is for you. I took the privilege to write this article on how to keep snakes off your homes.
To keep snakes out of your house and yard, then you really need to do your homework. It’s up to you to put in the work to see that your aim is achieved.
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So what are those things I should do to keep snakes away from my house?
1 Ensure To Always Clean Up Your Yard.
To keep snakes or any other reptiles off your house or yard you need to properly clean up your environment.
Get rid of tall grass, brush piles, and stacks of junk. Ensure to cut down the grasses very low and get them properly disposed of. Because snakes use these grasses and piles of dead shrubs as camouflage and hideouts.
Tall grasses, bushy areas, woodpiles, rock piles, and overgrown shrubs are the perfect habitats for mice, rats, and insects, which makes them the perfect habitat for snakes, too. So getting rid of them and well disposed of and leaving your yard well cleaned up will go a long way to keep snakes and other reptiles off your yard.
2 Be Conscious Of Wet Areas.
It’s very important that you eliminate the wet areas. Snakes and other reptiles love wet, cool, damp areas.
Ensure to get rid of all stagnant water around your house or yard. Fix drainage issues. Ensure to trim down tall grasses and shrubs, rake the remains and dispose of them properly.
Ensure to cut down some tree branches that may be preventing sunlight in some areas. Get rid of anything that retains water and do anything possible to bring in more sunlight into your yard, which will help to send snakes away.
3 Ensure To Seal Your Home.
Seal every possible entrance of snakes into your house. Concentrate vividly on small holes either beside the fence or house walls.
Snakes are good at fitting into tight spots and holes. A little door space or gap under the door can fit in a snake. So it’s really important you fill in holes and gaps on the walls. Shut your doors always.
If there is a gap under your door ensure to fill the gap with clothes to avoid snakes or any other creepy reptiles from creeping into your house.
4 Protect Your Farm House.
If you have a farmhouse, let’s say a chicken, bunnies or rabbit farm it’s very important you protect them from predators attacks like snakes.
Snakes have a high smelling sense, they can sense when a farm is around. They will try to sneak in and snatch eggs from the chicken or worse attack the chickens or bunnies because snakes view them as an easy source of food.
How Do I Protect My Farm House From Snake Attacks?
- Ensure to wrap the entire cage in hardware cloth (including the floor). Make sure no large space or spot is left out.
- Always keep the door closed at all times, to prevent the easy entry of snakes into the farmhouse
- Repair or replace any damages such as hardware cloth, boards or roofing materials to prevent any easy entries of creepy reptiles such as snakes and monitor lizards.
5 Grow Snake Repellent Plants Around Your House Or Yard.
Growing snake repellent plants is a good approach to keep snakes off your homes and yard.
Snake repellent plants like West Indian Lemongrass, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, and Marigolds can keep snakes away from an environment entirely. Ensure to grow any of these snake repellent plants around the corners of your yard, in your garden and more especially grow these plants near your windows and doors areas.
This plant gives off a strong odour that repels many garden pests, critters and reptiles. A combination of these three plants can create a free snake zone. So it’s best you have the three plants around the corners of your yard or compound.
6 Spray Snake Repellent On Your Walls.
Snake repellent sprays are great to keep snakes off your yard too. They mostly come in liquid and powder form. You can spray on the external walls of your house or a powder, which you can sprinkle throughout your yard. These repellents are environmentally friendly and will not harm your pets.
You can make your own DIY snake repellent.
Mix equal amounts of salt and crushed garlic and add about 1 glass cup of water.
Sprinkle it around the entrances to your home, garden, or anywhere else you don’t want snakes to be.
7 Keep Snake Foods Away From Your Home.
Snakes love feeding on rodents, and insects, so it’s really important you get rid of rodents and insects in your house or around your compound to avoid attracting snakes.
How Do I Get Rid Of Rodents And Insects?
- Use traps to hunt down rodents such as mice and rats at once.
- Use poisoned bait traps. Poison bait traps also capture the mice so they can’t run away after they eat it. Note: keep away these poison bait traps away from your pets. Don’t keep the poison near any food items since they could cross-contaminate one another.
- Use glue traps to capture insects such as crickets, which are one of the snake’s favourite snacks. You can also use bug spray or insecticide to get rid of insects. You can read other natural ways to get rid of pests and insects from your house and garden.
It’s important you take appropriate measures to ensure that snakes are far away from your home. Although some snakes are non-venomous (non-poisonous) and can be very helpful to our garden as they hunt down rodents and other small animals which destroy our crops and plants.
Snakes like king snakes, milk snakes, black racers and indigo are all non-venomous Snakes and they even hunt down venomous snakes and eat them. You can read how to spot venomous Snakes.
However, Every tip given in this article is very effective and Important In keeping snakes off your yard.