Snakes move a lot during spring and summer. These legless creatures will often bask in the sunshine when temperatures are neither too cold nor too warm. You may, therefore, find these uninvited guests in your yard, pool, or, sometimes, in your home.
Some people look up to encounters with these crawlers. But a lot more people would rather not see them. The presence of snakes in your yard is a natural way to control the population of rodents and insects. They eat voles, moles, and a variety of bugs. However, is that reason enough to keep snakes around your compound?
A few best practices to keep snakes away from your home include homemade snake repellants, maintaining proper food hygiene and handling, as well as good lawn care. Interestingly, you can achieve this without the use of chemicals that may be ineffective and very detrimental to animal and human life.
Proper Food Handling
You will have problems with snakes if you don’t handle foodstuff and food wastes properly. Food attracts snakes, but not in the way you think.
Snakes will often frequent areas with birds, voles, frogs, moles, and insects. These little creatures make up the best food for snakes.
Improper food handling attracts these little animals and, in turn, attracts snakes. Thus, the most effective way to keep snakes away is to eliminate their food sources.
Handle all food waste in a manner that doesn’t attract rodents, birds, amphibians, and insects. Also, don’t feed your pets outside the house. This will leave a lot for insects, birds, and rodents to scavenge on.
You can also use rodent repellants and insecticides to eliminate common food sources for rats. Once they can’t find food in your home and yard, they will move to other areas.
It’s also a good idea to store your food properly if you want to keep snakes away from your tent when camping.
Maintain Your Yard
Food, security, and shelter are valuable basic needs for human beings. Snakes, too, have basic needs. Firstly, they will stick around in areas that provide a home to a variety of their food sources. Secondly, snakes are pretty secretive and prefer hideouts.
Maintain your yard, garden, and home to eliminate food sources for snakes and to destroy possible hideouts. Pull out weeds and cut excess vegetation. You also need to keep the grass short, seal crevices, and install screens on vents around your home.
Leaf piles and debris provide hideouts for snakes but also a good breeding ground for insects and rodents. You will need to get rid of them.
Finally, while bird-watching is a favorite activity for many people, you don’t want to risk having nests around your yard as birdhouses attract snakes. Many snakes are excellent climbers and will scale up the trees for food or refuge in the nests.
Using natural predators is another excellent way to get rid of snakes. The good thing is, most predators are pretty environmentally friendly. They will neither hurt the other animals nor the vegetation.
Isn’t this, therefore, a better option? Raccoons and foxes are the deadliest snake predators. Turkeys, pigs, guinea hens, and cats will also potentially keep away snakes.
The list is long. So, you can choose a predator that you have a soft spot for.
Alter Your Landscaping
When the three tricks highlighted above prove ineffective, then you’ll need to change your landscaping entirely. There could still be holes or crevices holding up snakes. There could also be plants in your garden that attract snakes.
So, you’ll still need to get off any hideouts like overgrowth, debris, long grass, and holes. You may also need to install a fence using steel mesh, catch net, or plastic sheeting. Ensure that the fence flushes with the ground, stands upright, and is high-enough.
You can also include eggshells, gravel, pine cones, and holly leaves in your fencing plan. Snakes can’t slither over them.
Include plants that act as natural deterrents in your new landscaping plan. Plants such as wormwood, lemongrass, and marigold will substantially keep snakes away.
Use Natural Repellants
There are several commercial snake repellants in the market. While this gives many homeowners and backpackers a versatile range of products to choose from, there is equally an infiltration of pretty ineffective products.
There is a range of remedies that are not only readily available but also effective yet harmless to the environment. Everyday products that you can use to make homemade snake deterrents include clove oil, cinnamon oil, ammonia, vinegar, lime, garlic, or onions.
There are several recipes that you can make – an easy one is using a mixture of an ounce of clove oil and a similar amount of cinnamon oil. Apply the mixture frequently on the garden plants. Snakes can’t stand the smell; they will leave for other territories.
You will notice that you have a problem when you see a snake or a snakeskin in your garden.
While you can also trap snakes in your yard and release them elsewhere, that’s easier said than done. Moreover, that’s not a long-lasting solution to a snake problem. Others will still invade your garden or home because they can easily find ready food sources or hiding places.
The only solution is to use the tips discussed in this article to eliminate snakes around your home completely. Avid campers will also find some of those tips handy, particularly if you plan to sleep outside without a tent.
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