How to Keep Water Moccasins Away


Water moccasins are poisonous snakes that can be found in and around bodies of water, particularly in areas with a warm climate. If you live near a pond, lake or river and are concerned about these snakes invading your property and posing a danger to your family, you can protect your home by using a snake repellent in your yard and around your property.

Things You'll Need

  • Snake repellent
  • Mow your lawn. Snakes such as water moccasins prefer high-grassed areas, so keeping your lawn cut and maintained will help deter them.

  • Start by lightly sprinkling the snake repellent granules over the surface area of your yard, taking care to avoid garden areas.

  • Create a perimeter around your yard by spreading an additional helping of snake repellent around the boundaries of your property.

  • Repeat every two months, or when the smell of the snake repellent begins to fade. You may need to reapply after particularly heavy rains.

Tips & Warnings

  • Snake repellents can be found at your local home improvement store. Do not apply snake repellent in gardens or near water supplies.
  • If you find a water moccasin on your property, never attempt to catch or kill it on your own. Call a professional pest-control service immediately.


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