How to Keep Snakes out of Wood

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Ophidiophobia, or fear of snakes, is an issue that affects many people throughout the United States. This widespread panic is unfounded because only one out of every 50 million people who suffer a snakebite will die, according to the University of Florida. One place where these slithering sources of fear enjoy residing is a family's woodpile. The wood, which is warm and dark, provides a suitable habitat for the snake to rest, eat or even form a nest.

Things You'll Need

  • Cinder blocks
  • Wooden rack
  • Plastic tarp
  • Twine or bungee cords
  • Small rodent traps
  • Insecticide
  • Chain-link fence
  • Lift the wood pile 1 to 2 feet off the ground. Use a pile of cinder blocks or a wooden rack to make it more difficult for the snake to access the wood pile.

  • Cover the wood pile with a plastic tarp. Tie the tarp down with twine or use bungee cords to the secure plastic tarp to the pile.

  • Mow the grass in the yard and around the wood pile on a regular basis. Keeping your grass shorter will discourage the snakes from entering your yard.

  • Remove any insects or rodents that are living around the area of the wood pile. Set traps for small animals, such as mice, and treat the wood with insecticide to prevent an insect invasion. The snakes will find the wood pile a less attractive home if there is not a steady source of food.

  • Install a chain-link fence around the wood pile, or around the perimeter of your property if the snake issue extends beyond the wood. This will make it more difficult for the snakes to access your property.

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