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Snake Facts: Getting Rid of Snakes

There are a number of effective methods to rid one’s property of snakes. Like any animals, snakes are in search of creature comforts: safety, food and shelter. Removing these is the first step to removing the snakes. Snakes live and seek safety under rocks, debris, and woodpiles, so removing these types of objects from one’s yard is an important step. And snakes feed on mice and insects. To avoid attracting mice, it is a good idea to remove bird feeders and bird food, and to keep your grass trimmed short. Holes than can provide safety and shelter for either snakes or mice should also be filled in.

Barrier methods are generally ineffective against snakes, as they can slither through or under the tiniest gaps in fences and walls. The effort it takes to make a barrier against snakes is not time effective.


Although most people dislikes snakes of all kinds, the non-venomous types of snakes can actually be helpful garden creatures, because they eat mice, moles, grasshoppers, and other nuisance animals that can cause widespread damage to a garden by digging tunnels or eating leaves and seeds. Seeing an occasional garter snake, then, sunning itself on your patio, is usually not a cause for alarm. But when venomous snakes become a concern, there are a number of repellents available to keep them away.

Snakes have a highly developed sense of smell that enables them to quickly and effectively locate their prey, and so using a repellent that repels them by confusing or irritating their sense of smell is usually the most effective method to keeping snakes off of your property. There are a variety of non toxic and organic snake repellents that will effectively keep snakes at bay by confusing their senses, and will also be safe to use around pets and children in your home.

Identifying a Snake Problem

Many animals leave little holes and tunnels around one’s yard, including insects and small mammals, but an undeniable sign that you have snakes, is, of course, discarded snake skins. Snakes and lizards shed their skin, and it is common to find these among your flowers beds as they have passed by.

Having objects in your yard encourages passing snakes to stay, such as decorative rocks, woodpiles, or populations of rodents and grasshoppers, or other food for snakes, it the first thing to correct when starting control methods for snakes. These items may also be an indicator that snakes skins are from snakes that live in your yard. Eliminating any of these foods or shelters is an extremely important step in any snake repelling and control plan. Ridding your yard of rodents and grasshoppers will also protect your garden from being eaten by other nuisance animals, and your grass from being tunneled under, so a combination of insect, rodent, and snake control will provide you with your best defense against snakes and your best outlook for a beautiful yard.

Nontoxic Snake Repellent

There are many good reasons to choose a nontoxic snake repellent to rid yourself of a snake problem. Nontoxic repellents are safe for the environment, and they are also safe to use around humans and pets. The last thing you want to do when protecting your family from venomous snakes is to use a poison, which could cause more harm! Organic nontoxic repellent by Nature’s MACE comes in a granular formula than can be sprinkles along perimeters of gardens, sheds, garages, playhouses, doghouses, and your home, to create barriers that snakes deter snakes for good. The formula is proven to work against snakes by confusing their sense of smell, and it is perfectly safe to use anywhere, and anytime.