If your neighborhood is surrounded by thick vegetation, there is a good chance that you will have snake encounters from time to time. Once a snake is already inside the house or in your yard, there is an easy trick to get it out alive. But to get rid of snakes for good, you will have to make some permanent changes in the house, so they never come back.
Things You'll Need
Chase the snakes away. This is the easiest and quickest way of getting rid of the snakes in your home or yard. According to snakefacts.net, snakes are sensitive and they react to hectic movements and escape quickly. If you make loud footsteps or pound on the floor, they will be scared off. However keep in mind that snakes are deaf and will not respond to noise alone, so make sure whatever you do creates vibrations on the floor.
Place a trashcan on the side of the snake, and use a broom or a similar tool to gently sweep it inside the trashcan.
Call animal control after you have caught the snake, or if you can handle it on your own, take it away from residential area and release it.
Wrap the tip of a broom handle with a duct tape with the adhesive side exposed. This is a very useful tool for extracting small snakes from confined spaces.
Check for holes and cracks in the walls, around windows, vents, electrical conduits and plumbing pipes of your house, or particularly the room where you found a snake. Fill those cracks and stuff the holes so the snakes don't find their way into your house again.
Trim down the lawn and get rid of all the bushes in your yard. Also, remove any wood or bricks that may be lying around. Snakes tend to hide under them.
Exclude rats, mice and lizards completely so snakes don't enter the house looking for lunch. Use rat killer, but keep your pet safe from it.
Seal and store pet foods in airtight containers. Wrap meat products, and throw out sanitary products and diapers on daily basis, and make sure they are sealed in plastic trash bags before throwing them out.
Tips & Warnings
- Never pick up a motionless snake that might appear dead.
- Even when the snake is about to die, it will keep writhing and wriggling for some time. Do not mutilate or bash it further; otherwise it may show some random reflex movements. Let it die on its own.
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