How Can I Keep Snakes Away from My Home?
A Gallup poll conducted many years ago indicated that snakes sit at the top of the list of fears most Americans have. This doesn’t likely come as a surprise either. Most humans can quickly identify a snake if they see one. And whether they see a snake in person or a picture, most humans are repelled by their scales, their quick but subtle movements, and their mouths. Most humans don’t want snakes in or near their homes for these reasons and more. With over 25 varieties of snakes in the Colorado area, chances are you experienced a snake or two in your lifetime. And you most definitely don’t want those slithery serpents near your home. So how do you keep them away?
6 Strategies to Keep Snakes Away from Your Home
Unless you plan to keep a snake in a clear aquarium and want to feed it some mice or other vermin, you probably don’t want snakes in or near your home. We’ve put together a list of seven strategies to help you lessen your risk for a snake visitor.
1. Keep Your Yard Neat
Though your neighbors will probably appreciate it, too, the best thing you can do to keep snakes away is to prevent places for them to hide. Snakes love slithering through the tall grass, beneath scrap metal, and under woodpiles and trash. Be sure also to remove any construction debris from home projects. Keep your landscaping maintained. And put outdoor toys and games away after use.
2. KEEP SNAKES AWAY BY Using Less Mulch
If you have a lot of mulch in your yard and have been experiencing a problem with visitor snakes, this is probably not what you want to hear. But, the fact is, using mulch attracts snakes and their prey. So, you may want to rethink your landscaping and try something else, like rocks.
3. Try A Snake-Repelling Concoction Of Garlic And Onion
Though the idea of garlic and onion may have you salivating for lunch, snakes generally don’t like the mixture. The sulfonic acid in garlic and onions keeps snakes away. Mix the minced garlic and finely chopped onion with rock salt. Then, sprinkle the concoction around your home and yard. You can add garlic to any essential oil that you have on hand. Use that mixture to fumigate rafters, basements, and other hard-to-reach areas.
4. KEEP SNAKES AWAY WITH Mothballs Laced With Naphthalene
Naphthalene is a common ingredient found in many snake repellent products professionals use. However, suppose you want to try a home remedy before calling in snake control professionals in Colorado. In that case, you should know that the scent of naphthalene is irritating to snakes but will not harm them. Situate mothballs in cracks, crevices, holes, or other spaces around your home where snakes may find an entry point. Just know, however, that mothballs can be seriously dangerous to children or pets if ingested. So, if you have young kids or pets at home, this might not be the best strategy for you.
5. Seal Cracks Around Your Foundation, On Walkways, And Around Concrete Porches
If you have any rodent infestation, your goal should be to block entry and exit points. And for snakes, in particular, cracks are an excellent way for them to make their way in. So, sealing the cracks in your foundation, on your walkways, and around your concrete porch can help keep snakes away because they will no longer have a place to feel safe.
6. Call A Snake Control Professional
If you have exhausted the above efforts or don’t want to keep snakes away on your own, it is likely time to call a snake control professional. The team at Omnis Pest Control in Castle Rock, Colorado, has been helping homeowners keep snakes away from their property since 2007. We understand your exact needs because we live here in Colorado too. And we know what it takes to keep the snakes away. Plus, we have the proper tools to remove snakes. So, give us a call at 720-583-4126. We’re here and ready to help.