Any suggestions on keeping blind snakes out of my house? They appeared last year about this time and after several weeks vanished. They are now back. I have 2 toddlers and a baby on the way and cannot stand these things! They appear to be coming out from under the baseboards. We have pest control here regularly to treat for bugs, spiders, etc.
Our biggest issue is finding something that our toddlers won’t want to mess with (sticky traps are just asking for little fingers to play with them). We are also looking for a cost effective option as our budget is very tight.
First, if you’re on a tight budget, you should consider doing your own pest control. We sell whatever it is your pest control service is using and if you would like to save the bulk of that cost annually to spend on other more important concerns, consider getting the chemicals you’ll need from us and doing the work yourself. Most people find for just $100-200, they can obtain enough chemical from us to treat their home for 1-2 years. Basically we specialize in advising customers what the best products are for their specific needs based on local pest issues, climate, their home, etc. The following post covers the basic information about how to proceed:
Good Bugspray: https://bugspray.com/good-home-bugspray.html
Second, controlling the blind snake problem you have would an easy fix. If you read our blind snake control article:
Blind Snakes: https://bugspray.com/flower-pot-snake-control.html
you’ll learn about a range of products that can be employed. Based on your situation, the fix would be obvious (to me). Get some PEST RID SPRAY and apply it to any crack or crevice where you think they might be living. Pest Rid is a strong repellent and will immediately force away any snake, reptile, amphibian and even insects from the treated area. Made with food grade actives, Pest Rid poses no hazard to people or pets so it won’t be a problem for use around children. Most important, Pest Rid works fast. So for your situation, here’s how you should proceed.
First, get the gallon of Pest Rid. This will insure you’ll have enough to treat the complete exterior of your home along with the inside areas where you see activity.
Now because the Pest Rid will chase the snakes away immediately, you need to give them an exit path. That means you should not treat the outside first. In fact you’ll want to spray the baseboards of any room inside the home first. Do this in the morning and allow the treatment to sit all day and then you’ll need to wait another day before you do any outside treatments. This way the snakes inside the home will be able to move outside unimpeded.
So after two days of settling, you’ll need to spray the outside foundation. This way more won’t come back. And from that point forward if you spray the homes exterior foundation once a month, they won’t return.
Now for the outside area it would be wise to apply some PEST RID GRANULES as well. These are essentially the same as the spray but designed for outside environments where they’ll last much longer compared to the spray. So by using the granules and the spray, you’ll get longer protection. Probably 2 months. That means you won’t have to treat nearly as frequently compared to using just the spray.
But in the end, either option would work. In other words, spraying the foundation once a month with Pest Rid Spray alone will keep them away but if would like to treat less frequently, apply the granules around the home and spray at the same time once every 2 months and you should be able to achieve long lasting results.
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