How to Get Rid of Snakes in your Yard


After watching the movie ‘Snakes on a Plane’, you can understand how terrifying it can be when humans come in contact with these reptiles. Considering the movie, you can get an idea of what problems you may face if these reptiles land up in your yard. Snakes come and go as they please from your yard is a cause for concern, as they may soon enter directly into your house. So, one has to think of a solution to get rid of these intruders at the earliest. Here’s how you can do it:

Getting Rid of Snakes

Use Snake Traps
These devices provide a simple way to capture these intruders. Snakes traps are available in various designs and most of them are manufactured after consulting people who have had experience in trapping and capturing snakes. Go for devices that only trap and not kill the snake. Factors like durability, effectiveness, and safety need to be considered when buying snake traps. If more than one snake is residing in your yard then buy a snake trap that has the ability to catch multiple snakes. Many people prefer the ‘Cahaba Snake Trap’, as it is durable, strong and easy to use.

Keep Your Yard Clean
If plants and trees are growing haphazardly in your yard, then don’t expect your yard to be free from these reptiles. The vegetation in your garden that includes bushes, plants, and shrubs has to be trimmed on a regular basis. If this is not done, the same vegetation in your yard creates an environment, favorable for the snake to stay without being noticed. Trimming the plants will expose all the hiding spots of the snake that it uses for protection in your garden. In case, you have a lawn in your yard, make sure to mow it regularly. With no places left in your garden for hiding, the snake won’t take the risk of staying in your yard.

Install a Fence
This method can be expensive but can definitely prevent these reptiles from accessing your backyard. However, this method works only when the fence is fixed properly. Also, you need to buy snake proof fence in order to keep these intruders away from your yard. A snake proof fence is basically a galvanized screen having a width of around 36 inches and ¼ inch wire mesh. When installing, ensure that the bottom part of the fence is fixed at least 6 inches below the ground. In other words, the fence needs to be fixed deep into the soil. Also, make sure no vegetation grows near the fence. This is because growing plants and shrubs along the fence is like giving an open invitation to snakes to climb the fence. Measure the perimeter of your backyard and accordingly buy it, so that the fence completely encircles your yard.

Keep Mice Away
If snakes are residing in your yard, there is a high probability that other intruders too are inhabiting in the yard. They are of course the mice, which snakes love to eat. So, firstly get rid of mice and you may automatically resolve the issue.

Do not Use Snake Repellents

There are a number of snake repellents available, in the form of sprays, powder and mothball flakes. Unfortunately, these repellents in no way prevent these reptiles from entering your yard. In order to make these snake repellents really effective against these intruders, you have to use them extensively in large amounts. Too much dependency on snake repellents will make your yard unfit for use and harm the plants and shrubs. So, avoid using these products.

On the whole, you need to find out why snakes have made your yard their home and accordingly device a strategy to combat this nuisance successfully.