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How to Get Rid of Garden Snakes



Garden snakes are also known by the name Garter snakes and are found in North America, gardens in suburban areas and many such similar places. The gardener snakes usually have earthy tones of colors and consume animals like slugs, worms; rodent etc. snakes’ senses are quite heightened and can smell the pheromones of each snake band feel the movement of other animals  with its heat. It hibernates during winter and tit’s bites can cause minor inflammation and pain but is not poisonous. It prefers sunny areas as it is a cold blooded reptile and can shed skin to grow new ones.


  1. Fencing the garden for the snakes

Garden snakes are usually smaller in size. Build a fence a few inches higher in width and height.  It should be building in a right kind of an angle so that it becomes difficult for the snakes to slither into the fence. Mesh wire makes it more difficult for snakes to pass by as it gets stuck in the fence.

  1. Warding off the garden snakes

There are various kinds of repellants to keep the garter snakes away from your gardens these are as follows:

Snake-A-Way:  Wear some gloves and scatter the granules all over the garden. If you sprinkle it around the surrounding of the house forming a mark with the granules, the snakes will not enter the marked portion. It helps to keep the snakes out of your way.

HAVAHART® SNAKE SHEILD™:  It is a granular form product used comprising of sulfur and other ingredients. Sprinkle it all over the garden, plants, vegetation to prevent snakes from entering the garden.

Snake Scram Professional: the chemical has some kind of taste and smell that deters the snake away from your gardens.

LIQUID REPELLANTS: There are some liquid repellants available such as, LIQUID FENCE, SNAKE B GON SNAKE REPELLANT and many others. It keeps the snakes from invading your snakes and is slightly less risky and costs less.

  1. Entrapping the gardener snakes

There are various traps used to capture the garter snake few of them are as follows:

HIDE AND TRAP:  Place bait inside the traps like; rodent, eggs, small lizards etc. this will lure the snake into the cage. Cover the cage with foliage and other such material. Place the cage where you usually have spotted the snake slithering about. Keep a regular follow-up. Once it is trapped you can release it far away from residential areas to woodland or forest type locations.

FUNNEL TRAP: use mesh wire to build a 2 feet high fence from both ways and log enough to for it the garden snake. Fences are designed in a v shape and the tube below is parallel for the snake to enter.

Place bait and cover it with a bucket. Keep a follow-up. Once the garter snake is trapped it can be relocated to a safe location. Use gloves while relocating the snake.

MINNOW TRAP:  It is a funnel wire door cage trap. Use wire to make 2 identical cones and construct the diameter of the cage according to the size of the snake. Use the cylinder to make 2 funnels big enough for them to enter and precisely small to proven them from leaving. Place baits like eggs, mice etc. Attach both the cylinders together with wires. The snake feed on the bait and gets swelled up in size to come out of the trap. Seal 9it before relocating the trap Use globe and be careful while releasing the snakes in the forest.

WOODEN BOX SNAKE TRAP:  Pace a wooden box near the snake hole. Place bait and lure the garden snake to enter the wooden box. Once it enters the box it triggers the lid of the box x to close. Release snake further away from residential places.

GLUE TRAP:  The glue traps contain a certain smell that attracts the garter snakes. Baits are placed once the snake creeps onto the glue trap it gets stuck on the trap. Once it is trapped relocate the trap in safer place pour oil over the glue and snake. The snake will easily slither away. There are also easy snake disposable mechanisms for glue traps which are less risky.

BOTTLE TRAP:  Take a bottle and wash it thoroughly to ensure all smells have been cleaned away. Place bait like a frozen mice and then cut a hole with scissors. The hole should be precise enough for the snake to enter but difficult to leave. Place the bottle near the hole or place where you suspect it is hiding. Once trapped release it on safer grounds.

  1. Taking precautions from the garter snakes

Clean up the yard; rake all the leaves piles, compost foliage, mulch and other such material that will attract the snakes. Remove all kinds of pests like, rodents, lizards and many such food items that the snakes are attracted to eat.  If there is no food the snakes will not feel like entering your garden.

Seal all the holes, cracks and other kind of opening from where the snakes can enter. Shut off all entry points.

Keep the garden clean and clutter free. The soil should be dry enough and other areas should be dry as garden snakes get attracted to wet areas and make garden as shaded as possible.  Placing wood chips, pine cones, eggshells, holly leaves and rose clippings near the entrance makes it difficult for the snake to glide in to the garden. Protect the pets you own and clean up all the compost.

Slithering away

The garden snakes are not poisonous but its bite can be harmful and dangerous to the garden and other creatures. Using any kind of means to capture the garden snakes is extremely important. Take all kind of precautionary measures to avoid the snakes and moreover take caution while capturing and releasing the garter snakes.

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