The fear of snakes is common among people worldwide, but some communities also recognize the benefits of having snakes in the area.
While this animal does provide many uses and benefits for our local environments and ecosystems, finding snakes in your home is one of the most terrifying experiences.
There are numerous proven tips to keep snakes away from your home and yard. Experts and amateurs all agree it is better to deter snakes from ever entering your home than it is to have to kill or remove them once they have entered your property. Unfortunately, some companies take advantage of your fear of snakes to sell products that rarely ever affective. Use these eight helpful tips to keep snakes away so you do not have to face these creatures inside your home or your yard.
No matter how much you may dislike snakes, there is no questioning how much they benefit our environment and ecosystem. The main benefit snakes provide is population control for other potentially harmful animals such as rats and even cockroaches.
There are snake traps that can be set outside and around your home for both catching and killing snakes. However, depending on the type of snake, it is often better to deter it from entering your home by using natural methods, which do not harm or kill the animals. If you are a pet owner, you have even more reason to avoid chemical snake repellants, especially if your dog or cat can run freely through your yard.
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Here is a list of products you should avoid using to deter or catch snakes on your property:
While no method has 100 percent success against keeping snakes away, a snake-proof fence has more success than most others. In order to make your fence snake-proof, you must build it with certain specifications.
Snakes eat rodents, which is a good thing, but it is even better to have no rodents to attract snakes onto your property. Snakes also eat rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels. All of these animals dig holes that snakes like to use. Locate and fill in all holes in your yard to eliminate potential homes for snakes.
Rats, squirrels and other animals are attracted to the food bowls you feed your pets in or leftover crumbs they may leave behind after a meal. Snakes are attracted to the animals most likely to be attracted to your pet’s food. To help keep snakes away from your home, you should keep all pet food inside your home and away from any small animals.
Bird feeders attract a wide range of beautiful bird species to your backyard. However, food spilling out of those feeders, can attract squires, rats and other small animals that are common prey for snakes. Keep all bird feeders as far away from your home as possible to help keep snakes at bay.
Keeping your grass mowed eliminates a favorite hiding spot for snakes. Snakes prefer to lie in wait and ambush their prey and tall grass provides the perfect cover. In addition to removing valuable cover for snakes, lawn mowers produce vibrations that are unpleasant for snakes. This serves as a type of warning that can often keep snakes away.
Snakes like to hide in dark corners and underneath piles of objects where they cannot be seen. Here are a few examples of objects to keep off your lawn:
Unclutter your lawn of any unnecessary objects to prevent snakes from making a home in your backyard.
Keeping the walkways and the perimeter of your property lit up with outdoor lighting is a good way to help keep snakes away. Snakes prefer dark places to hide from their own predators, so shining a light on their potential hiding places drives them away.
Snakes are effective hunters, but other animals also hunt and prey on them. Predatory birds such as hawks, herons and owls all eat snakes when they can be caught. To encourage predatory birds to stop by your backyard, set up a perch pole for these predators in your yard.
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