- SNAKE BIOLOGY
- SNAKE FOOD – WHY SNAKES COME TO YOUR YARD
- SNAKES IN THE YARD
- SNAKE REPELLENTS
- SNAKE CONTROL PRODUCTS
- SNAKE HANDLING EQUIPMENT
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Snakes are one of the most feared animals on the planet and rank as one of the top three things people fear most on planet earth. In the United States, we have many species of snakes and though most of them are non venomous, in general people don’t like seeing snakes in their yard or home.
Most snakes prefer to stay clear of people. But like any animal, they are driven by the need for food and shelter. And since most any house can provide a wonderful summer or winter home for snakes, it’s amazing we don’t encounter them more often in our living spaces.
Snakes usually feed on insects or small animals. Given this fact, the mere act of reducing insects and rodents on your property will directly result in seeing less snakes. In most every case of snake activity we encounter there is a distinct insect or animal issue which led to the snakes coming around. The lesson here is if you don’t want snakes, take care of any insect or small animal problem around your home.
SNAKE FOOD – WHY SNAKES COME TO YOUR YARD
Common insects that snakes like to eat include roaches (American, Oriental, Palmetto, Water Bugs, Wood, etc.), ants, caterpillars, beetles, boxelder bugs, crickets, cicada’s, grasshoppers, slugs, centipedes and most any insect that’s dead.
Common animals that attract snakes include chipmunks, gophers, ground squirrels, lizards, mice, moles, prairie dogs, rats, shrews, voles and birds.
If you have a high population of these listed insects or animals, don’t be surprised if you start seeing snakes in the yard. And if you let any of these insects or animals move inside your home, the snakes will readily follow.
SNAKES IN THE YARD
Second to food, snakes need a good place to live. They love to live under anything flat that lies on the ground. Such objects could be boxes, weed cover sheeting, pine chips, pine straw, rocks, rock fill, gravel, any corrugated pipe or culvert, landscape rail road ties, patio slabs and wood piles. Many water dwelling species of snake are attracted to ponds and small creeks. With people making koi ponds and creating their own creeks and streams of water, snakes are sure to follow.
To help minimize snake invasions, minimize the above conditions.
To keep snakes out of your yard and home, you should first reduce the amount of prime snake habitat. They love flat rocks, wood piles, boxes, slabs, slate walk ways, railroad ties, pine straw, ponds, creeks, water ditches, in the ground window wells, crawl spaces, basements, sheds, garages and other protective areas. Now obviously we need sheds, houses and garages but if you keep the prime snake habitat in the yard minimized, you’ll greatly the reduce the amount of snakes foraging close to the home. This will reduce the amount of snakes that come inside and in the end, will really help at repelling snakes.
SNAKE REPELLENT GRANULES
The first line of defense for keeping snakes away is to use a snake repellent. For many years, people have used SULFUR. And though there is some evidence to show sulfur alone can repel snakes, it’s not consistent enough to acquire a real federally approved label. This is why you don’t see sulfur products being marketed as a snake repellent. By itself, sulfur just doesn’t work well.
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The first “real” product to come on the market that actually worked was SNAKE AWAY. This product has an EPA registration number which means it underwent extensive testing to prove it works. Snake Away remains one of the best products on the market for snakes but since it’s inception, newer materials have been introduced and some work just as well or even better. And since Snake Away uses naphthalene as an active, many people don’t like the odor and fear it’s toxicity so they’re opting for one of the newer products.
One of the best new products on the market is SNAKE OUT. This product uses federally exempt actives so it’s very safe for use around the home where people and pets are active. Essentially made from food grade actives, Snake Out will provide weeks of repellency yet it won’t hurt your landscape or water supply. If you’re looking for long term, safe yet effective snake control out in the yard and around the home, go with the Snake Out.
Once snakes get inside crawl spaces or attics, the only product labeled for inside areas is the PEST RID GRANULES. Like the Snake Out, Pest Rid is made with federally exempt actives so it’s arguably the safest snake repellent for the environment where people and pets are active. And unlike the items listed above, Pest Rid is can be applied in the home. So if you’ve got a crawl space or attic which attracts snakes in the fall or summer, get some Pest Rid Granules applied before the snakes arrive to keep them away.
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SNAKE REPELLENT SPRAY
If you’ve got snakes active in the yard and intend on getting one of the snake repellent granules above or prefer to use a snake spray, go with PEST RID SNAKE SPRAY. Pest Rid is ready to spray and really helps when used over the top of the Pest Rid Granules or any of the others listed above. Spraying for snakes is better suited when you find them foraging on areas where you can’t apply the granules like the bushes, trees, and the sides of buildings where snakes like to crawl. Apply Pest Rid anywhere inside or outside where you don’t want snakes and since it’s made with all natural ingredients, you won’t be putting out anything dangerous or toxic where the pets or children might be active.
HOW TO APPLY SNAKE REPELLENTS
1) Snake repellents in the yard are best used to keep snakes away BEFORE they arrive to your yard or inside your home. Treat early spring and throughout the active season for best results. And don’t forget to treat in the fall when snakes migrate to structures in which to hibernate.
2) Snake repellents should be used by drawing a “line” with the granules as a way to keep them off and out of your yard. Apply them along property lines, boundaries, fence lines, etc. If you only apply them around your home, you’ll only keep them out of your house but they’ll still have access to your lawn and garden.
3) Snake repellents do not fare well if used for snake control alone. If you have a current snake infestation, you should trap them out first and then use the repellent to keep new ones away.
SNAKE CONTROL PRODUCTS
Once you have snakes in the yard, you’ll need to do some snake control. This can be done with with either live traps or glue traps.
SNAKE GLUE TRAPS
Snake glue traps have been around for some time. If you have small snakes less than 2 feet long, our 8″x12″ PAPER GLUE TRAPS will work. Set them along walls where you see snakes traveling or lingering.
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For wet areas, go with PLASTIC TRAY GLUEBOARDS. These will hold up well in damp areas and can even withstand shallow puddles making them adequate for use on sheltered patios, decks, crawl spaces, etc. where snakes like to hide and nest.
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SNAKE LIVE TRAPS
A more permanent trap design is the live cage funnel traps. These come with one way door which let snakes in but once inside, they cannot get out. Snake traps come in a wide range of sizes for all types of snakes and can be used in attics, basements, crawlspaces, barns, sheds, outside in the yard – pretty much anywhere you need to trap a snake.
For snakes 2-4 feet long, get the MEDIUM SNAKE TRAP. It measures 8″ tall by 18″ long by 12″ wide.
For snakes 3-5 feet long, get the LARGE SNAKE TRAP. It measures 8″ tall by 18″ long by 18″ wide.
For snakes over 5 feet long, the EXTRA LARGE SNAKE TRAP is recommended. It measures 12″ tall by 24″ long by 22″ wide. The largest trap is the 2XL SNAKE TRAP. It’s 22″ tall by 24″ long by 22″ wide and can handle several large snakes.
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SNAKE LIVE TRAP LURE
Regardless of what trap you choose, get some SNAKE LURE to attract them. Apply a teaspoon to any set. For glue traps, place a dab on the outer edge and then a teaspoon in the middle of the glue. For live traps, place it in a small cup or other container. Another bait that can be very effective is a live mouse, grasshopper, frog or other known food supply for your local snakes.
SNAKE HANDLING EQUIPMENT
For anyone trapping a lot of snakes, there is a wide range of snake handling equipment available. These can help the handler control the snakes once caught in a trap. Some of this equipment can be used afield to capture snakes as well.
SNAKE PINNING HOOKS
When working in the field where snakes are expected to be found out in the open, SNAKE PINNING HOOKS can be used to quickly “lock them down” to the spot where you find them. Pinning hooks have a rubber band surgical tube type head which stretches over the target to hold them secure to the ground when light pressure it applied. Using pinning hooks requires some practice but once you get good with them, you’ll be able to secure any wild snake quickly and efficiently. This will make bagging them or doing research manageable and will lower the chance of snake bites.
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Snake hooks are commonly used afield by wildlife trappers. They allow you to get control of moving snakes by gently “hooking” them and lifting them off the ground. This will cause most snakes to cease movement and try to maintain balance making them less likely to stray or strike and easier to contain.
Snake hooks are also commonly taken afield. They come in SMALL HOOKS, a RIGID 40″ HOOK and a TELESCOPING 39″ HOOK. The small size can be used for insects and baby snakes. The Telescoping is convenient to take afield and the Rigid model is most preferred by professional handlers and animal keepers. We even have a PYTHON HOOK for large constrictors. These hooks are used mostly be zoo keepers and stores that distribute large animals.
If you need to grab and control a snake, get a good pair of SNAKE TONGS. These are very commonly taken afield by wildlife scientist and nuisance wildlife relocators. Tongs enable the user to grab snakes that are in hard to reach locations. Once you “grab” the snake, you can remove it safely without injury to you or the snake. Snake tongs come in many lengths and a couple of styles.
To avoid hurting the target snake, a newer design uses less pressure when closed. Known as GENTLE SNAKE TONGS, these work just as well as the traditional design.
SNAKE POISON EXTRACTOR
When going afield, a SNAKE BITE KIT can be a life saver. This is especially true when working around venomous snakes.
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SNAKE IDENTIFICATION BOOK
A good SNAKE IDENTIFICATION BOOK can help differentiate between venomous snakes and the more common garden species that most people will find. Take it afield or just keep a copy around to help id any snakes found in your neighborhood.
The following is our library of snake video’s.
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