There are more than 3,400 snake species in the world. Around fifty of these species are native to the United States. While not all of these snake species are venomous or harmful to humans, it can often be challenging to determine which are safe.
With this in mind, it’s best to get rid of any snakes found in your yard. Risking improper identification of a potentially deadly snake isn’t worth the risk.
But how can you create a snake proof yard? There are a series of steps you can take to both get rid of the snakes already in your yard and stop others from coming inside. Continue reading to learn what those steps are.
1. Install Snake Fencing
Installing a snake proof fence is a great idea to keep more from getting inside your yard. These fences are usually made from either vinyl or hardware cloth. The mesh of these materials is too tight for snakes to squeeze through.
Keep in mind that some snake species are good climbers. For example, rat snakes are known for their climbing abilities. However, most snakes won’t bother climbing your fence.
2. Get Rid of Rodents
Rodents like rats and mice are part of a snake’s primary diet. So if you have a rodent problem on your property, it could also be attracting snakes.
Use repellants and traps to get rid of rodents. Since this eliminates a snake’s food, you’re likely to see fewer (or none) in your yard once you’ve gotten rid of the rodents.
3. Change Your Landscape Design
Your landscape design could be attracting snakes to your yard. By changing your yard, you could help deter these pests. A few examples of changes you should make include:
- Clean up gardening debris
- Remove rocks (including purposeful rock designs or elements)
- Fill in holes
- Keep the grass cut short
- Keep your plants, bushes, and trees trimmed
- Get rid of large woodpiles
4. Hire Professional Pest Control Services
Sometimes do-it-yourself methods don’t work. If you’ve taken all these other tips or have a significant snake problem, hiring professional pest control services may be your best bet.
There are many ways professional pest control services may help get rid of snakes. They may use a combination of deterrents, poison, and traps. A professional can also help eradicate other pests (like rodents), which may attract the snakes.
5. Seal Your Crawl Spaces
Snakes thrive in places that are damp, cool, and out of direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the crawl spaces beneath your home and outbuildings meet these conditions perfectly.
Make sure these spaces are efficiently sealed. By doing so, you eradicate the risk of snakes hiding here. Without proper hiding spaces, snakes are likely to leave your yard for a better habitat.
More Questions on Creating a Snake Proof Yard?
Getting rid of snakes requires keeping new ones out and getting rid of any who have already made your yard their home. The steps above can help you accomplish this.
Do you have more questions about creating a snake proof yard?
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