No one wants a slithering snake on their property, but unfortunately, they can show up uninvited from time to time. If you’re faced with a snake on your land, don’t panic! There are plenty of things you can do to keep them away from your property.
South Carolina has 38 species of snakes and among them 8 are venomous. While most of these snakes are harmless, there are venomous snakes that can pose threat to you, your family, and the pets on your property. According to Palmetto Poison Center, they received 260 snake bite calls compared to the 245 snake bites reported the previous year.
What Attracts Snakes to Your Property?
Many factors can attract snakes to your property. Snakes are mainly attracted by the presence of food, water, and shelter on your property. Additionally, habitat modification like urbanization, deforestation, etc. can cause snakes to move out of their natural habitat and search for shelter in domestic properties
Rodents like mice and rats attract snakes. Also, if your property has many rodents, grasshoppers, and small creatures, it is likely to attract snakes as well.
Snakes seek shelter and protection from their predators. Tall grass, woodpiles, crawl spaces, and small gaps in the ground or attic are some places snakes use for shelter.
Snakes need water to drink and also to cool themselves during hot weather. If your property has a water body like ponds or swimming pools, it will likely attract snakes.
What Are the Different Types of Snakes That Can Appear On Your Property?
Green Water Snake, Banded Water Snake, Red-Bellied Water Snake, Cottonmouth, Copperhead, Coral Snake, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, and Pygmy Rattlesnake are some of the common snakes that might appear on your property.
Essential Tips To Deal With Snakes in Your Property
Once you have identified the type of snake on your property, you can take the necessary steps to keep them away. Some of the crucial tips that you need to follow are:
Remove food sources
The best way to keep snakes away from your property is by removing their food sources. This can be done by sealing all the gaps and cracks in your property that may serve as rodent entry points.
Remove Places of Shelter
Removing a favorable place for the reptiles to stay will also help deal with snake issues. You should trim the grass regularly and remove woodpiles, leaf piles, and other debris from your property where snakes can take shelter. It would help to seal all the gaps and cracks in your property that may serve as entry points for snakes.
Remove Water Sources
If there are any water bodies on your property, you should keep them clean and free of other debris. You should also remove any stagnant water from your property where snakes can breed.
Using chemical snake repellents
There are many commercial snake repellent products that you can spray across your property. These products contain chemicals and give off a strong odor that can keep snakes away.
Using Natural Snake Repellent
There are many natural snake repellents that you can use to keep snakes away from your property. Some of the most effective natural snake repellents include mothballs, cedar oil, clove oil, cinnamon oil, and vegetable oil. Home remedies like using hot pepper mixed with lime and white vinegar can be sprayed around your property using a spray bottle to repel snakes from your property. You can also plant snake repellent plants for a long-term remedy to keep the snake problem in control.
Using Physical Barriers
You can also use physical barriers to keep snakes away from your property by installing snake-proof fencing made of steel mesh. The fence should be 3 feet or higher and buried underground to prevent snakes from entering your property.
Use Other Animals That Preys on Snakes
Keeping animals that prey on snakes or scares them off is an effective remedy to keep snakes at bay. Some of the animals that you can use are mongooses, weasels, guinea hens, pigs, and dogs to deter snakes from your property. These animals will help keep the snake population under control on your property.
A fire pit is another approach to help remove snakes safely from your property. You can build a fire pit on your property and burn wood or coal to create smoke and leave it on for a few days. This will considerably bring down snake activity on your property.
Calling a Professional for Snake Removal
Despite the above tips, if you are finding it challenging to rid of the snakes on your property, you can always call a professional snake removal service to remove the snakes from the property.
Whether it is poisonous snakes or harmless snakes, having these reptiles around your home can be a daunting experience. The best way to deal with snakes is to avoid them altogether. However, if you find yourself in a situation where there is a snake on your property, it is best to get professional help.
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