How To Stop Snakes Nesting Under The Deck And Encourage Them To Leave

Snakes are considered pests due to human fear of the animal and most of the time this nuisance and fearful reptile has to be removed quickly, especially when you find it snaked under the deck!

God! I scared the hell out of me when I got outside the house last week and saw something crawling under the deck. I, literally, froze! I could’ve think to any other pesky pest, but not snakes!

I know that North American snakes are non-poisonous and they are actually good pests for our garden, but I can’t stand the idea of living alongside with snakes.

In this regard, I decide to call animal control and get rid of the colony living under my deck!
For me, this was the best option in getting rid of snakes, because I’m too scared to deal with snakes all by myself. However, there are several ways in keeping snakes at a distance from your house or making them go away for good and never come back.

Trap The Reptile

Using a snake trap is an effective option that you can use to get rid of snakes from under the deck. Snakes have the characteristic of being alert both day and night; therefore you can set the trap during the day and leave it overnight. The most important thing is to ensure that you frequently check on the trap and immediately relocate the snake once it is trapped. For best results, use multiple traps and ensure that they are located at all entry points that are likely to be used by the snakes to get under the deck.

Since snakes are carnivorous animals, hence using baits that can easily lure them into the trap gives you an upper hand and you will be able to quickly get rid of them.

Repel Snakes Away

Snake repellents have a good chance of preventing the reptiles from entering your property perimeter, much less your house. They are not so effective, at least it will prevent snakes from getting onto your property.
Snake repellents like mothball flakes, powders and sprays can be found in most hardware and other reputable stores all over the world. Ultra sonic emitters are also an option because they help in keeping these animals away.

Landscaping Tricks

By creating a less favorable environment in your yard, snakes won’t have what to eat and it will eventually leave.

  • Clean up the yard of tall grass, brush piles, and stacks of junk.
  • Take care of other pest problems – snakes eat moles, voles, mice, rats, crickets, slugs and a whole range of insects, so get rid of them, first.
  • Mulch the yard with sharp materials – spread holly leaves, pine cones, rock chips, egg shells, rose bush clippings and other uncomfortable-to-slither-over materials in the areas that you want to keep snakes out of.
  • Eliminate wet areas – since snakes love damp areas, you should take care of these place by removing any stagnant water.

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