How to Get Rid of Snakes
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A lot of people are afraid of snakes and it is no wonder, as they have gotten a bad reputation throughout the ages. Most people will associate snakes with venom and though some snakes can inject venom with a bite, most of them actually won’t. Most snakes, even the venomous ones will rather avoid a human than confront one; because of that chances are that even if you are in an area with a lot of snakes you will not come across one. That said there is a small chance that snakes will make a home on your property. Some will find a rock fence or decoration too tempting not to make a home there, so you have to know the things that you can do in order to keep these snakes off of your property. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
Safety First: Even though most snakes are not poisonous there are some that are. If you do not know how to recognize a poisonous snake then you are better off leaving the removal to a professional. In the United States there are a total of four snake types that you should be really concerned about and they are the rattlesnake, the copperhead, cottonmouth moccasin and the coral snake. There are different species of those and the most dangerous is the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. If you are familiar with the types of snakes in your area you should be able to recognize the ones mentioned before. Also keep in mind that just because a snake is not poisonous that does not mean that you cannot be the victim of a nasty bite, so when removing snakes you should take every precaution necessary. Catching a snake is not as simple as they make it seem on TV.
Repellents: You can find some snake repellents o the market, but in reality they are not the most effective way to remove or keep snakes off of your property. Some snakes will avoid the repellent while others will act as if the repellent is not even there. Some wildlife experts will also tell you that the snake repellent is simply not efficient enough to be worth the money. Some that are effective are the ones that give out the scent of a predator. That in some cases will work, but as a matter of effectiveness you may want to go with a trap instead. There are of course some negatives to the trap as well, for example the size of the trap as compared to the size of the snake, but even then a trap seems to be a lot more effective than a repellent. Try the trap first, if you already have the repellent you can try it, but it is not recommended as a first and only solution.
Change A Welcoming Habitat: By far the most effective way to keep snakes away from an area of your property is to make the property not suitable for the snakes. Most of the US is home to snakes and yet you see very few times when a snake makes a nest or den in a person’s home. Usually snakes will choose to go into someone’s property if the home provides them with proper shelter. That in most cases means debris and rocks that can look perfect for a hiding spot, a warm moist area or a hunting ground with rodents. These kinds of habitats will allow the snake not only to have a place for shelter, but also a place to hide after a hunt. Clean up the debris carefully as there is a chance that there is already a snake there. Removal may be dangerous, is very tedious and in some cases is better handled by a professional service.