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.
HOW TO KEEP SNAKES OUT OF THE YARD
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. Since most any yard has something on this list, keeping them out by making landscaping changes can be a challenge. Fortunately there are ways around the need to make major alterations to the yard.
BEST SNAKE REPELLER
The easiest thing to do is to install some SNAKE REPELLERS. These are electronic devices which are solar powered. Place them along property entry points or at least where they most likely to enter. This is generally the back yard perimeter but could be the front yard too.
This short video (less than 60 seconds long) shows how our Ground Stake Repeller works:
Our Snake Repellers are quite unique and we have them specially made to our specifications so you won’t find them elsewhere. They were designed to incorporate all the things we know snakes don’t like. This would include vibrations, rattling sound and flashing lights.
If the above video wasn’t informative enough, this next one is a lot longer but provides all the details you’ll need to know:
Set them out every 30-40 feet after you allow them to properly charge for a couple of days. Our online video details the correct way to set them up so you get them ready for the yard.
Overall, these should be regarded as a “permanent” solution as our repellers will last many years and for the most part, do not require maintenance or servicing.
Use our EARTH AUGER to drill out properly sized holes. It can be fitted on any hand drill and will make installation easy.
This short video (less than 60 seconds long) shows how to use our Earth Auger:
To get the Ground Stake Repellers properly installed, the Earth Auger is pretty much needed.
SNAKE REPELLENT POWDER
The next step down from the more permanent solution provided by the ground stake repellers is SULFUR POWDER. We offer this in two sizes.
The first is a 5 lb bag that can create a line 250-500 feet long. Simply pour it out along the property entry point you want protect and renew treatments monthly.
For larger yards, the 50 lb bag is most economical.
BEST SNAKE SPRAY
If you prefer to apply something “invisible”, PEST AWAY SPRAY is the way to go. Pest Away is made with federally exempt actives so it’s arguably the safest snake repellent for the environment where people and pets are active.
Spraying for snakes is better when you find them foraging in areas where you can’t apply the powder like in bushes, trees, and the sides of buildings.
Pest Away is made with all natural organic essential oils and gets mixed with water. It won’t harm wildlife, insects, birds, pets, etc. but due to it being so concentrated, it makes snakes “wary” of treated areas.
The feeling of being uneasy and alarmed about the area/treated plants and ground will make them not want to rest or travel where its been applied. This makes Pest Away a great way to naturally repel unwanted pesky reptiles like snakes and lizards.
Our 8 oz jar mixes 2 oz per gallon of water and will treat up to 500 sq/ft of plants when treating for deer control.
HOW TO BEST UTILIZE 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 for safe harborage during the cold season.
2) Snake repellents should be used by drawing a “line” with the powders as a way to keep them 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.
If you have snakes living in a crawl space, attic, shed or some place in the yard, consider trapping them out before deploying a repellent. This can be done with with either live traps or glue traps.
SNAKE GLUE TRAPS
For small snakes less than 2 feet long, our 8″x12″ PAPER GLUE TRAPS will catch them. Use them in protected areas so they don’t get wet. Place one out every 20 feet along walls where you see them traveling or lingering inside the house.
Paper Glue Board: https://bugspray.com/traps/glue/rat-glue-board-paper-8-x-12
For snakes 2-5 feet long, go with our SNAKE GUARD INSIDE GLUE TRAP. This trap is built with sturdy cardboard and ideal for use in the home where a large snake has been seen or might be roosting. Snake Guard traps are ideal for dusty areas like garages or attics because their design shelters the glue and enables the trap to keep performing even in a rough environment.
Snake Guard Traps can be placed outside but like the smaller glue trap, water will do them in and essentially make them not work.
BEST SNAKE LIVE TRAP
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.
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.
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