While snakes are an integral part of North Carolina’s ecosystem and can help reduce the population of other pests, they aren’t necessarily a reptile you want hanging around your yard. For the most part, snakes will stay away from homes, but they may make their way into your territory as they search for food or try to escape the cold. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep snakes away and get rid of them if they have invaded your landscape.
1. Don’t Panic. Wait it Out
As mentioned, snakes will come into your yard looking for food and water. Once they have their meal or there is a change in the weather, they will move on. It is just a matter of time before it leaves and goes looking for its next source of food.
2. Build a Fire
Snakes don’t like smoke. If you can, build a fire close to where the snake is lingering. To make the fire extra smoky, use materials like moss and leaves that will give off the most smoke.
3. Chop up Onions and Garlic
Both of these food items contain sulfonic acid, which repels snakes. You can chop them up and create a mixture that can be sprinkled around the edge of your yard.
If you are having a problem with snakes around bodies of water, such as pools and decorative ponds, apply vinegar around the edges of the water to repel snakes.
5. Lime and Peppermint
This combination not only creates a smell that repels snakes but also irritates their skin. The mixture can be safely spread around your yard.
6. Professional Trapping
If you want the snake gone sooner rather than later, call a pest control professional. They will be able to safely trap the snake and make sure that it is relocated away from your home.
The experts at PMi Pest Management can help you with all your pest control challenges, including getting rid of snakes. Contact us today to schedule an appointment