You may not have considered the possibility of snakes in your home before, but if you live in an area with a warm climate, there’s a high chance that you will encounter them at some point. Having snakes in the surrounding area can actually be quite useful because they control the rodent population. However, you don’t want them anywhere near your home. The good news is, there are simple things that you can do to ward snakes away from your home.
Cut Off Their Food Supply
Snakes like to eat rodents and other animals, like frogs and birds. Although it can be beneficial for snakes to keep the rodent population under control, you need to cut off their food supply if they are becoming a problem. That means dealing with the other pests around the home first, and then you should hopefully see a decrease in the number of snakes. If you are having trouble with other pests, there are professional companies like Florida Wildlife Control that can help you with your wildlife problem, so your garden is no longer an attractive feeding ground for snakes. It’s also worth asking the pest control if they can help with the snakes as well because they should have some good advice.
Close Up Hiding Places
Snakes don’t like to live out in the open. Instead, they prefer dark, damp places and they will live in small cracks and crevices around the home. This could be gaps under the shed or holes in the walls of the house itself. They also love getting inside damaged gutters and compost piles too. If you want to keep the snakes out, you should go around your home and identify any small areas that might make a perfect home for snakes, and then fill the gaps. If you can get rid of anywhere that they might like to live, the snakes should move on and find somewhere else. Closing up all of the small gaps in your home is also an effective way to protect your home against the elements, so it’s a good habit to get into even if you don’t have a snake problem.
Use Natural Predators
Although snakes eat a lot of other animals, that doesn’t mean that they are fearless. In fact, cats are a great natural predator so if you don’t already have one and you like the idea of having a pet, buying a cat is a brilliant way to deal with your snake problem. If you don’t want to get a cat, there are other predators that scare away snakes. They are particularly wary of foxes, but getting a fox isn’t really an option. However, you can buy fox urine to spread around the garden, so the snakes think that there are foxes in the area and they stay away.
These simple tricks should deter snakes and keep your home safe. But if the problem persists, you will need to call a professional pest control company to get rid of the snakes for you.