How to Get a Snake Out of Your Yard?
Snakes are truly one of the most feared animals on the planet. Their unblinking eyes and long fangs will send a chill through many. Despite this, there are many snakes that can be quite beautiful, boasting vibrant colors with intricate patterns. Whatever your opinions on snakes, they are a common and widespread animal on every continent excepting Antarctica and a few small land masses of which they are not native. Chances are your home and the surrounding areas are inhabited by snakes. Luckily, dealing with snakes in your home is quite easy if you know what you are doing and remain calm.
The types of snakes you encounter will largely depend on your location, so it pays to do your research and know the snakes you are most likely to encounter. If you are willing to do your research, ensure that you can determine whether your unwelcome guest is venomous or not, any information beyond that is interesting but not necessary. Snakes, like most pests, are generally attracted by food and shelter. Piles of debris, wood or rubbish, and long grass are very attractive to snakes, as are any rodents, insects, small animals like frogs, or food scraps you may have forgotten about.
Prevention is always the best medicine, so minimizing the chance of a snake entering your home is quite easy. Keep your yard tidy, don’t let the grass get too long, keep other pests down to a minimum, and don’t leave food scraps out. Those basics will keep you out of trouble most of the time, however, there are a few other preventative methods you can try.
Snake repellent can be quite effective if used in the right places, there are many products to choose from. If you don’t want to spend your money, you can use ammonia. Snakes hate ammonia, soak rags with ammonia and place them in unsealed bags around your yard to keep snakes at bay. Surprisingly, another do-it-yourself option is to use your own hair, snakes want to avoid us as much as we want to avoid them. Grab some hair out of your hairbrush and spread it around your property, snakes are less likely to enter.
Handle it Quickly
If you do happen to have a snake in your yard or home you should deal with it as quickly as possible, especially if you have pets or kids. Ideally, you should identify whether the snake is venomous or not, if so, call a snake catcher immediately and keep your distance. Venomous snakes can kill you or leave you with long term health conditions that will negatively impact your life. Don’t play with fire, call a professional, and let them relocate the snake safely. If you can’t be certain, call a professional anyway, however, if you can confirm that the snake is non-venomous, you can simply chase it away. Using a hose is one the of safest ways to chase off a snake, it keeps you away from the snake and will annoy it into moving. There are other ways but using a hose is a good option.
Dealing with snakes is quite easy, all of the previously mentioned methods will work on varying degrees depending on their execution. The most important aspect of handling snakes is to stay calm, panicking will only serve to stress you out, slow down your thinking process, and possibly agitate the snake. Keep a level head and snakes won’t be a problem for you.