How to Keep Snakes Away from Your Home

How to Keep Snakes Away from Your Home

There are over 3,000 species of snakes around the world, but there are few prominent types that tend to live in Western North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. While these species can be spotted in other areas, the kind of snake you will likely find depends on your surroundings. While it’s possible to be bitten by snakes, it should be noted that snakes are not poisonous, but they are venomous. This means they can only transfer venom through a bite that can be life-threatening to a human.

To get a better idea of what you may be dealing with, here are the most common reptiles.


 Tips for Keeping Snakes Away from Your Home

One of the first steps for getting snakes to stay away from your home is identifying the types of snakes that you typically do see in your yard. 

  • Garter: Often called the Garden Snake, their most notable feature is distinct yellow lines on their bodies. These snakes are mildly venomous but not harmful to humans. They tend to live in grasslands and can be gray, red, black, or brown.
  • Copperhead: Copperheads are semi-aquatic, venomous snakes. They live in marshes, wetlands, or similar areas. Typically copper-colored, they have reddish-brown bodies, and if bitten, you will need to seek medical attention. 
  • Rattle Snakes: Most known for their rattling tail, these venomous snakes have interlocking scales and will rattle their tail to you as a warning. Their body is generally light brown with dark brown spots.
  • Water Snakes: Non-venomous, but they display aggressive behavior. Their habitat is near water, and they can grow about five feet long and have a rounder head than other snake species. 

Knowing what types of snakes with which you are dealing will go a long way in finding ways to prevent their unwanted appearances. 

What Will Keep Snakes Away

Unless you’ve chosen to adopt a pet snake, there is something unsettling about a snake entering your property and invading your space. If you have snakes slithering in your backyard and even in your house, your first instinct may be to buy chemical repellent. However, chemical repellent isn’t the safest method since these repellents can be harmful to your pets, people, and the environment. 

It’s best to buy repellents that are designed specifically for snakes. When using any type of repellent, be sure to always follow the directions for the best and most effective results. A recommended snake repellent is Ortho Snake B Gon, which is an ecologically friendly option that will not harm humans, pets, or plants. Sprinkle it around your property every 30 days to keep snakes out of your yard and house.

How to Keep a Snake Out of Your Yard

Snakes seek warm, moist areas with a food source. These reptiles like places to hide and an overgrown yard are the perfect place to hunt for food while being protected. One way to discourage snakes from populating your yard is by keeping your grass cut. Additionally, if you routinely trim your lawn, you won’t run into any unexpected dangers while doing so. 

Snakes also like to hide in yard debris. Tall grasses and shrubs are two ideal hiding spots for these reptiles. They also tend to hide away in storage sheds, piles of wood, or in fallen branches and limbs. Proceed with caution when removing and clearing your property to avoid any snake bites. 

Take Care of Any Rodent or Pest Problem

It’s important to determine why snakes are attracted to your home in the first place. One reason is that they’re on the lookout for food and shelter; the best way to keep them away is to remove rodents and other food sources. 

Snakes also like to find places to hide out, such as your basement or crawlspace. Seal those damp, cool entry points to prevent them from finding their way into your home. Sealing your basement or crawl spaces will also help reduce excess moisture and the problems that can be caused by dampness.

Read the article here for signs a snake may be in your home.

Rid-A-Bug Snake Relocation Services

Keep in mind that snakes like to hunt for food, so if you have a rodent issue, you may need to resolve that problem first. Rid-A-Bug can help eliminate rodents with a fast and experienced humane wildlife removal service. 

Despite your efforts to keep snakes away from your home, you may still find a snake slithering around your home. Don’t panic. Instead, call Rid-A-Bug to help you identify and talk with a trained expert about the next steps you should take to remove the snake. If you have a snake problem, contact us, and we will help to remove wildlife, including snakes, in a humane manner. 

Still researching? Read here for more ideas on how to make your home an unwelcoming place for snakes.