We know some snakes are beneficial to have around, but many are not. And if you have kids that might be playing in the yard or around the farm, it’s not a good idea to let them get close to one. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make your place less appealing for snakes.
Get Rid of the Clutter
Snakes love to hide inside of things like woodpiles, pipe, and run-down sheds. They’re safe from people, and might even find a mouse or two! So, clean up any clutter around your yard or farm. Stack your firewood on a wood rack, and spread your compost out onto your garden. Sweep out the old barn. And make sure to keep the grass low, or you might find one of those suckers nipping at your ankle!
Find Some Cats
Cats aren’t just good at scratching people’s faces off; they can also keep away snakes! But not directly. Obviously, some of snakes’ main sources of food are mice and rats. But if the cats eat all of these rodents, then snakes won’t have any food and won’t be motivated to stick around.
So, ask your neighbors and people around town, and see if anyone has any kittens or cats they’d like to give away. Ideally, you should get at least one self-sustaining cat colony going, and then the snakes will have no choice but to slink off somewhere else.
Patch Any Holes Under the House
Many people have holes in the foundation under their house, especially if it’s a crawlspace. This is the perfect place for snakes to hide and look for rodents. But before you seal up any holes, make sure to set out some mouse and rat traps. Otherwise, you might have things dying under your house, and you’ll never be able to get the smell out. Once you think you’ve caught all the rodents, seal up any holes less than a ¼ inch around with caulk. For anything bigger than that, it’s best to use hardware cloth or metal flashing.
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