If you live in an area where snakes are common, chances are you might stumble across one at some point. Snakes, like any other pest, are usually in search of three things: food, water, and shelter, which the areas around our homes tend to provide. There are several factors that determine how likely it is for a snake to be found on your property. These include location, landscaping, nearby water source, the state of your lawn, and how readily a food supply is available. Below are a few ways to keep snakes out of your yard.
Scare Them Off
One of the easiest ways to scare off a snake in your yard is to use your garden hose. Spray the snake with a steady stream from the hose until he slithers off. You can also consider installing a perch pole for hawks, owls, and other natural snake predators to perch on. Be sure to place it in an open area so that the birds have a good view of your yard and the surrounding area.
Don’t Invite Them In
Since snakes usually come into your yard looking for food, water, and shelter, eliminating these will lower the chances of them paying you a visit.
- Mow your grass often and keep it cut short. Shorter grass means more exposure to predators like hawks and coyotes. Plus, it makes them much easier for you to spot.
- Avoid overwatering your lawn so you don’t attract snake food sources such as frogs, worms, and slugs.
- Keep trees, shrubs, and branches trimmed away from the sides of your home, roof, and ground.
- Move bird feeders away from the house or get rid of them altogether. Birds often leave seeds scattered underneath, which can attract rodents and ultimately attract snakes.
- If you have a woodpile, make sure it is kept away from the home and elevated if possible.
- When designing your landscaping, try to avoid using mulch or large rocks. These can create breeding grounds and overwintering habitats for snakes. Instead, use smaller, tight-fitting rocks like gravel.
Lock Them Out
Snakes can be very persistent pests and keeping them out can be difficult. You should carefully inspect the outside of your home and seal any cracks or crevices you find on the house or foundations. Consider installing fencing around your yard, garden, or pool.
The best way to prevent snakes is to take steps to keep them out in the first place. Snake control can be dangerous depending on the type of snake you have. If you have a snake problem, contact animal control of your local wildlife control company who can help safely trap, relocate, or remove the snake from your home.