How to Keep Snakes Away from Your Yard and House

Want to know how to keep snakes out of your yard AND your house? It's not as hard as you might think. There are lots of ways to keep snakes away! Read below for helpful tips on how to keep snakes out of your yard and house.

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How to Keep Snakes Away

Unless you’ve chosen to put a snake in a clear, 20-gallon terrarium, feed it vermin, and let it out to slither around, you probably don’t want it in your house. A pet snake is one thing, but much like turning the lights on in the middle of the night to find a cockroach hunting for crumbs in your kitchen, there’s just something super unsettling about a snake entering your humble abode.

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The reality is, most creatures, including snakes, want nothing to do with humans. It’s nothing against you that they invade your space, it’s just that they’re wild and curious … and usually hungry. Most North American species of snakes are harmless, and so while your desire to keep them out of your sight is warranted, it’s best to remain calm and use non-harmful tactics.

What Will Keep Snakes Away

If you have quite a few snakes slithering into your yard (and sometimes your house), your first instinct might be to buy chemical repellent; however, this is typically not the safest method for how to keep snakes away since these repellents can be harmful to pets, people and the environment. It’s best to stick to repellents that are designed specifically for snakes. Even with snake repellents, be sure to read the follow the directions exactly! Try Ortho Snake B Gon, a snake repellent that’s to be sprinkled around your property every 30 days to keep snakes out of your yard and house. It’s made from essential oils and is marketed as an ecologically friendly option that will not harm humans, pets or plants.

It’s also important to understand what you’re doing that could be attracting snakes to your home in the first place. Because they’re on the lookout for food and shelter, the best way to keep them at bay is to remove their food sources like rodents. You should also avoid keeping pet food out in the open.

Here’s what you need to know about eliminating other pests to keep snakes away.

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As for ensuring they don’t cozy up in your basement or crawl space, seal those damp, cool entry points!

Here’s what you need to know about using door sweeps and weather stripping to seal off gaps under your doors.

How to Get a Snake Out of Your House

Another great idea for how to keep snakes out of your yard, is to keep it tidy. Snakes like to slither beneath scrap metal, wood piles, trash and within tall grass. Be sure any construction debris is tidied up each day, stay on top of your landscaping maintenance and all your DIY projects and outdoor games and toys are cleaned up.

Here are some helpful hints for clearing the clutter from your yard.

How to Get a Snake Out of Your House: Call Animal Control

Despite your efforts to keep snakes away, you may still find the random, sneaky snake staring at you while you watch TV on the couch. Don’t fret! You can call animal control to help you identify and remove it, or for more of a DIY effort, use a push broom to sweep it away at a safe distance. If you identify it as safe, you can also choose to wear gloves, pick it up and relocate it to its natural habitat.

You can also use glue-based traps, which are a humane way to get rid of snakes in your home.

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