Ways To Snake Proof Your Home

August 20, 2018

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We have a love/hate relationship with snakes.  While they are essential to the ecosystem, they are the last thing you want to encounter in your yard or garden, much less in your house. Unfortunately, there's no sure-fire way to keep snakes out of your landscape but there are things you can do to make your yard less appealing to our slithering friends. Remove places where they can hide. Keeping your grass cut to a short or reasonable length can be your best line of defense.  Snakes are cautious about traveling across groomed grass because it exposes them to predators. Keep bushes and shrubs around your house and garden trimmed up, particularly on the bottom where you are not providing areas where snakes can get in there and hide. If you use cover plants, such as ivy, in your landscape, try to limit the use of these plants in your garden or keep them restricted to a limited area. Another landscape feature to be aware of are large rocks stacked on top of each other. Snakes like to find crevices under and between them that give them a place to stay cool and hide. When it comes to your house make a visual inspection of the foundation to look for possible entry points for snakes. They can squeeze through an opening less than a inch in diameter. So be sure to seal cracks or openings around air vents and other areas that a snake could get through and take up residence in the crawl space. And as creepy as it sounds, once there, it's easy for them to crawl up studs and find access to the living space.  Check the clothes dryer vent to see if it's in an area where a snake might be able to crawl in and gain access to the house. If your vent is in a place where a snake might enter, consider putting a screen over the vent. Finally remove the potential food supply of snakes. Pet food and bird feeders attract rodents, which are on a snake's menu. Avoid leaving an available cat or dog food outdoors and move bird feeders as far away from your house as you can.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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