Not all snakes are venomous, but most of us don’t like to see them near our homes, even the harmless ones. Almost all of the snakes that venture into your garden are just looking for food or shelter. If you are living in the snake-rich area, these few tips will show you how to snake-proof your home and make it less attractive to them.
Keep Your Garden Tidy
Avoid piling things at all costs, whether it is construction material or branches and clipping. Otherwise, these reptiles will try to shelter there.
Keep the grass short, stack your woodpiles neatly and leave spacing between garden beds. If you don’t have to, try not to grow low and leafy shrubs and bushes.
Also, trim your trees high. It will both look better and keep your garden snake free.
Cover the Holes and Cavities Around Your Home
The second best way to snake-proof your house is to minimize the holes and cavities around it. Snake love crawling into small, rocky places for shelter. Start by installing screens on windows and covering all potential hiding spots like holes in the roof or beneath the house. In case you have rock walls, check for all potential holes where they can settle.
Protect Other Animals
It’s also a good idea to cover your hen pens and house or bird cages to protect them from becoming snake prey. This way snakes will not seek for a source of food there. Many people make this mistake, but DO NOT let your pet deal with a snake. Yes, your cat or dog might kill the snake, but it’s also a huge risk that the outcome will be the opposite. However, you can try to get rid of mice and rats and therefore decrease the chance of snakes.
Making sure that all of this is covered can require a lot of work, but it’s worth it if you reduce the likelihood of serpents around your home. If nothing helps, you’ll probably need to seek professional help, like animal control.