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How to Get Rid of Snakes in Your Garage or Yard

Updated on March 5, 2015
Learn how to safely remove snakes from your garage or yard
Learn how to safely remove snakes from your garage or yard | Source

Introduction

If you have a garage or yard in an area with snakes, the chances are that sooner or later, you're going to have to deal with one of them. Although they are very unlikely to harm a human or pet, you should still treat them with respect and care.

This article provides practical advice and suggestions on what you can do to remove snakes quickly and safely, together with recommendations on consulting with a professional if you're not sure what you are dealing with.

Even if a snake isn't venomous, it's best not to take any chances
Even if a snake isn't venomous, it's best not to take any chances | Source

Be careful around snakes

Snakes can be dangerous, especially if cornered or they feel threatened. This means that you should never approach a snake if you are not certain what is is and you are not certain if it is venomous or not. If you are bitten, seek medical help immediately and if possible try to get a photograph of the snake to help with identification.

Additionally, if you are not certain how to deal with snakes yourself, especially ones that could be venomous, always contact a pest and animal control organization.

Here are some useful techniques to help you deal with snakes:

  • If a snake is in your garage and just wants to get out, simply close doors leading into your house and leave the garage door or an external door open slightly so that the snake can escape
  • You can obtain a glue trap for a snake from many home improvement and pest control stores; simply leave the trap in your garage or yard and when the snake crawls over it, it will get stuck. You must check these traps every day, as if the snake dies, it will begin to smell. If you catch the snake, you can release it a distance away from your home
  • You can spray a snake with water to persuade it to leave, or alternatively set a humane snake trap to capture the creature. You can then take it to a location away from your home and release it
  • Tidy up your yard; snakes are attracted to debris and places where they can hide, so clearing away wood piles, old items, rocks and the like will reduce the chances of snakes
  • Get a cat or dog; they will often chase snakes away
  • Cut back vegetation as snakes like to hide in it
  • There are many snake repellent chemicals available that vary in effectiveness, so you will probably want to read some reviews so that you can find the right one for your needs.

Sometimes the best thing to do with snakes is to leave them alone and let them make their own way
Sometimes the best thing to do with snakes is to leave them alone and let them make their own way | Source

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In closing

It is worth restating that if you don't know what you are doing, you should contact a local pest control organization.

This may be provided by your local town or city government, or try one of the many other private pest control firms.

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    • Janellegems profile image

      Janellegems 

      3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for this useful, helpful information on how to get rid of snakes. These are good things to know and do.

    • Paul Maplesden profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Maplesden 

      3 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks so much for adding this information - It's extremely useful. When I next revise the article, I will include this information in the text.

    • girlgamers profile image

      girlgamers 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Great information! I would like to recommend that when using glue traps, they tend to frighten and upset the snake, making it more hostile and aggressive. I would stay away from those and just use a board or flat large object to corral the snake out. Being a snake enthusiast and owner, I like having snakes in my yard and house, but for the people that aren't, something to protect themselves from getting bit while encouraging the reptile to head a different way without upsetting them more is helpful. Another thing to add is snakes like low hanging vegetation or ground shrubs. That's where their prey hides, so that's where they go. They love the long thick grass that people use to go around sidewalks and such. If you don't want snakes and their prey (mice or rats) around your house, I would get rid of all ground hugging vegetation.

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