While some snake repellents are tried however they don’t always help. But there are some things, habitat modifications, that you can implement to achieve the goal of ridding snakes, or at least reducing them before contacting a Snake Removal Expert and paying for the services to capture & remove any snakes from your yard.
Snakes like to stay hidden. They do not like to be exposed and out in the open. This is for two reasons: 1) They cannot sneak up on their prey which, if sighted, they will just run away and 2) They will be spotted by its predators: Owls, Hawks & cats & others. So as a part of its survival skills it has adapted and learned to stay concealed.
When it comes to assessing the changes that need to be addressed in order to make the yard less snake friendly we look at three major areas: Ground cover, Shrubbery, Hiding spots & Food Supply.
First issue of concern is ground cover: ivy, creeping jenny, pine straw and any other ground covering plants. Snakes need to slither along and feel more secure if they are under cover, ground cover provides just that cover to make them move from one point to the other undetected. If you are terrified of snakes or wish to reduce the incidents of snake sightings in your yard then the first step is to reconsider the options for landscaping and the use of ground covering plants.
Second issue of concern is shrubbery. Shrubbery is fine however in order for snakes to den and feel secure they have to be concealed. If you keep your shrubs trimmed UP from the ground at least 6 – 10 inches then the snakes should keep it moving. Most people address the trimming of shrubbery from the top but when it comes to snake habitat the trimming should be done at the bottom.
Hiding Spots are always a concern, again going back to the concealment issue, which is wood or mulch piles, downed trees rotting on the ground, pits overgrown with grass. Simply survey the property and any deep impressions and piles that obstruct your view of the ground… get rid of it.
Last consideration is food supply. If you are hosting a large amount of chipmunks, rats & mice then it will attract snakes. It is Natures natural balance. Nature will not let the rodent population to get out of control without its natural predator (snakes) being attracted to the area. Similar scenario is when there is a large population of feral cats – coyotes come in to balance it. If you have a rodent problem please see our page on rodent control.
Our GoArticles link on Snake Habitat Modification is: http://goarticles.com/article/Snake-Control-Habitat-Modification/7110028/