Eight ways to get rid of snakes in your yard or house:
How to Get Rid of Snakes
- 1 - Leave the snake alone. That doesn't sound helpful, but it's actually the best approach 90+% of the time.
- 2 - Use a push broom to sweep a snake away at a safe distance - works well with a snake inside a house, garage, shed, etc.
- 3 - If you can identify the snake as safe, wear gloves and pick it up and move it to a new place.
- 4 - If you cannot identify the snake or are afraid to interact with it, hire a professional off of this directory and they can come remove it.
- 5 - Set a snake trap to catch the snake. There are a few on the market. I like the yellow ones best.
- 6 - Install a snake fence around the perimiter of your yard or property. This is the only way to keep them out for sure.
- 7 - Modify your property to make it less attractive to snakes. Trim back ground brush, fill in holes that would make a good den.
- 8 - You can purchase and apply a snake repellent powder, sprinkle, spray, or noise device. But although these are sold, they are completely ineffective,
and a waste of time and money.
Imagine walking through your backyard to your favorite sitting area only to be greeted by slithering snakes. Just the thought of a snake being in your presence can be enough to have you acting like a lunatic; however, don’t panic! Here’s a little comfort for you. Not all of them are poisonous. Of the 3000-4000 snakes in the world, only about 600 of them are actually poisonous and dangerous for humans to be near. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be backyard buddies. So, how do you get rid of snakes?
Maintain Your Yard to Rid It of Snakes
If you’re not really the type to keep your yard maintained regularly, now’s the time to start. Snakes are attracted to those shrubs, bushes and thick foliage that may be surrounding your home because it gives them the perfect hiding and resting spot. Keep the grass cut low and shrubs neatly trimmed so that the moment you step foot in your backyard, you should be able to spot any wayward snakes. The same thing goes for your garden. Make sure that it is clear of leaves, debris, branches and any other trash that might make it easy for a snake to take up residence near your home.
Tall Grass Brings the Buffet
As you may already know, there are many homeowners who like the appearance of tall thick grass, especially in southern areas. However, this is a snake love potion. In fact, your tall grass will not only attract snakes but other rodents and insects as well. You might as well just give them all a backyard party because they won’t be going anywhere as long as the grass is high. If you have already noticed insects and other rodents in your yard or possibly in your home, you need to remove them completely. This will certainly give snakes the invitation to move in and enjoy the all night buffet.
Wood Keeps Me Cool
The thing about snakes is that although they like to find places that allow them to be unnoticeable, they also like to reside in cool places. This is why storing wood in your yard for the preparation of a long winter is a bad idea. Wood and compost makes the snakes come a slithering. Find another place to store your wood to keep the snakes from moving in and taking over.
No Snakes Allowed
Once a snake gets into your backyard, the next thing he’ll be looking forward to is you inviting him in. You can also be confident that if you don’t invite then, they will find a way in. To keep them from getting on the inside of your home, you need to look for openings in your home and seal them all off. Look near windows, pipes and doors and anywhere else that a snake may be able to find its way through.
Snake Repellant Moves Snakes Out
There’s nothing wrong with using a little snake repellant to get rid of your uninvited visitor. When you use this all over your property, the smell is so strong due to the sulfur in it that the snakes will be happy to turn the other way. The only thing about using snake repellants is that they are more effective if used in the area where you think the snake is. It disperses quickly and the odor disappears fast, and sometimes they can contain harsh chemicals that will turn us a way as well. If you have small children or pets in the home, you can sprinkle down a repellant powder to keep them away that won’t be harmful to your family.
I Caught You
Snake traps are also effective in getting rid of snakes. However, they are more effective when used in an area where a snake has already been spotted. The trap will emit a live mice odor that will attract the snake to it. Once the snakes leap at the bait, it then becomes trapped in a trap. These traps come in many different sizes to fit your needs.
While sometimes we may want to be the hero, handling a snake on your own is never a good idea. You never know which ones are poisonous which puts you at risk being hurt. Not to mention, depending on how big the snake is, it could get wrapped around parts of your body including your neck and set about strangling you.
How to get rid of a snake out of your house, garage, or shed
It will be both harder and easier to handle a snake in a building, such as your house. In a house, the snake is confined. Thus, if it's safe to handle, you can pick it up. Or you can sweep it out with a broom. Same goes
for a garage. In a building, the chances of a snake trap working are very high, because the snake is confined to a small area, and will go to the trap. It will be difficult sometimes with a shed, because sheds are often built without a traditional floor, leaving opening to the outside all around the edge.
Sheds also have lots of items that are infrequently used, offering a snake a lot of places to hide. The good thing about a snake in the shed is that it’s not a snake in your house. The animal can be left in there without
worry that you or your family member will need to enter the room often. If you want to see if the snake will go away on its own, assuming there are openings to the outside, wait two or three days. Many snakes are transient
and will move on after a given amount of time. If you want the snake gone and do not simply want it out of the shed, seal off the opening from the outside, trapping the creature in the building. A snake glue trap can
then be put in the shed. One of the most recommended glue traps has scent lures inside, but it still might take a few days for the serpent to be captured. If the snake is venomous, the snake trap can still work; however,
you need to weigh the risk of entering the room to place the trap versus the benefit of just calling a professional to remove the snake. Remember that venomous snakes can strike longer than your arm can reach. Do not try
to kill the animal or remove it in person.
Here are some other snake links:
How To Trap Snakes
How to Kill Snakes
Snakes in the Attic
Go back to my main snake removal
page for more general snake info.