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How to Get Rid of A Rattlesnake


Did you hear a rattle in your backyard? Is that a snake? Seems like you have got yourself a visitor! Most North American snakes are not poisonous and are actually even good for home gardens. They feed on other pests which destroy your landscaping. But this can’t be a good reason to let snakes live in your backyard, unless you like them too much. 

If you don’t want snakes around your home, family and pets, you need to get rid of them as soon as you can! They are still dangerous and scary looking, right? Here are a few ways you can get rid of rattlesnakes from your backyard.

Keep Your Garden and Backyard Clean

Unkempt grass with tall bushes and fallen leaves are the perfect habitat for rodents like mice, rats and other insects. Since snakes feed on them, it is the perfect place for them too. Make sure you regularly remove piles of rocks, wood, scrap and compost. Also shed overgrown shrubs, grass or weed. Clean away ivy, fallen trees and leaves.

These are an attraction for pests and also for snakes to find home where food is. In order to prevent snakes from coming to your home for easy access to food, target your other pest problem. If you feel that your garden and backyard is infested with rats, voles, mice, slugs, moles and crickets you need to take immediate action.

Snakes feed on the above pests, and in case you have any of those pests loitering in your backyard, snakes will be sure to pay a visit. Make your yard a food free area for snakes so they go elsewhere looking for supper.

Outdoor Pets

If you have any outdoor pets in your yard like rabbits or chicken, make sure that you secure their cages and pens properly. Snakes will steal chicken eggs and rabbits for a wholesome meal. Go the extra mile to secure their pen so snakes cannot enter. If snakes can see your outdoor pets, they are likely to hang around for an opportunity to hunt.

Keep your pens covered at night and make sure that no part of the net is broken. The frame of the cage should also be properly closed and make sure they don’t leave a gap when closed. Have a light attached near the pens and cages and leave it on during night time.

Mulch with Sharp Objects

We all know that snakes slither their long bodies along surfaces that are soft. On areas which you want to keep secured, spread or keep uncomfortable materials like egg shells, pine cones, holly leaves, rock ships and rose bush clippings. These will make an uncomfortable place for snakes to slither on.

You can put these on your vegetable patches and flower beds all the way up to your doorstep. Make sure the mulch is spread equally around the areas you cannot risk snakes to enter.

Address Your Drainage Issues

Snakes like to stay in cool and damp areas. Look for any drainage issues that you might have on your property and have them fixed. Do not leave any fallen leaves that are damp on the ground. Shred over-grown trees and shrubs and let sunlight enter. Warm and dry areas will send snakes away from your yard.

Look for plumbing in your backyard. Usually, there are drainage issues that go undetected. Make sure you have them fixed in order to keep your backyard dry and clean. The rain duct should also be clean with proper drainage system available.

Secure Your Home by Sealing

Snakes are great at slithering their way from tiny spots. Inspect your house from the exterior and seal any gaps and holes that you might see. Make sure all cracks and gaps in widows and door are sealed.  PVC pipes and electrical wiring is another entry point for snakes, make sure to seal those shut.

If you go on a home sealing expedition, it will help you secure your home from other pests as well. These cracks, holes and gaps are entry-ways to other house pests like rats, mice and insects. This is an all round solution which lasts 6 to 8 months.

Let Some Snakes Stay

If you can recognize snakes, identify non-poisonous from poisonous ones and let them stay. Snakes feed on other snakes too. Some non-venomous snakes like the black racer, king snakes, indigo and milk snakes are not poisonous. They also feed on rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and copperheads. If you consider letting the staying in your yard, they will take care of your rattlesnake problem.

Getting one of the non-poisonous species for your yard isn’t a good idea though. Moving snakes is illegal as these are considered exotic animals. If they aren’t already living your yard, they won’t prosper there. Remember, a snake will still feed on other small animals like your pets.

Call for Help

If you are afraid of handling snake yourself, call a brave family member or friend. Never go near a snake if you are not confident about handling them. It takes years of practice to use the right tools and handle snakes appropriately. With some assistance, you can capture snakes and release them into the wild.

Solutions Pest & Lawn Has Snake Control Products To Ward Off Rattlesnakes

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn we have a variety of great snake repellents that will keep rattlesnakes away. Try Snake Scram Professional, Snake Out or Snake-A-Way. All are great forms of keeping snakes from sticking around.

You can also try to trap the snake with a Havahart live animal trap. Just lay some bait out in the trap and the snake will slither right in and will not be able to slink out.

For more helpful rattlesnake control tips, feel free to call us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with us online.

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