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Controlling Snakes in Your Landscape

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There isn't anything that creates more of a scare to a homeowner than finding a snake in their yard or even worse -- in their house.

Before I get into the discussion of dealing with unwanted snakes in your home environment, let me say this. Snakes have a place in our world and the decision to kill an unwanted snake needs to be revisited.

Snakes are great natural controls of rodents and many, many insects. Snakes are our friends which can be a challenge to accept by many, but remember they have a place in the animal chain of life.

Basically, there is one great way to control the visits of snakes to tour landscape and that is to eliminate and control the hiding areas that attract snakes. Remember, they are an ambush animal that loves to be concealed before they strike an unsuspected meal.

Here are some ideas to limit their hiding places:

Keep your grass cut and control the high grass boarding your property, wood piles and rocks are great hiding places that should be cleaned up as well. Now, around the house, keep the shrubs pruned at the bottom giving snakes less concealment up near the foundation.

More often than not the snake questions I get are associated with mobile homes. Think about it. If I were a snake, I'd be under a mobile home during the hot summer months. Keep in mind also that most times when a snake gets in one of these homes, they come up from under the trailer along the pipes for drains, air conditioners as well as cold and hot water supply pipes.

Make sure the hole for these pipes is sealed where they come up through the floor. Most of the time the hole is bigger than the pipe affording a snake a way to get in.

As I said before, snakes have a place in our environment so try the control measures I just mentioned so we all can get along together.


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