If you’re trying to practice snake control by your own in your garden, we remind you to be careful. Because unfortunately, snakes love to hang out in areas that are covered in a dense array of plants.
They are naturally drawn to spots where there is plenty of foliage that can serve as camouflage while they sneak up close enough to strike their prey. So, to prevent snake sighting in your garden continue reading the tips we have for you.
Why do snakes make the garden as their perfect habitat?
Gardens are usually packed with plants that cover the ground and provide shade, plenty of hiding places and a perfect spot for prey hunting. Most gardens have food productions from fruits, vegetables and herb garden. So, your garden becomes a good place for snakes to feast on rodents and enjoy a light salad.
How to practice snake control in your garden?
- Mow and clear the lawn
- Clean the hedges and bushes
- Check for gaps or holes
- Collect the chicken eggs
- Mulch with rough, jagged materials
- Use non-toxic snake repellent
- Keep an eye on other pests
Mow and clear the lawn
Snakes love to slither through tall grass undetected. Piles of rocks and wood have crevices that make a perfect spot for snakes to hide. So, eliminate this allure by cleaning up the ground in your yard. Remove all the unwanted debris and mow the grass regularly.
Then, snakes are not likely to stick around your yard when all their hiding spots are left exposed.
Clean the hedges and bushes
Pests like frogs and mice seek shelter in the hedges, shrubs and bushes to hide away from predators. As realistic as nature can be, you should know by now that ‘where is prey, there is predator’. So, to make your garden less of a prey buffet for snakes, clean out the dead leaves that tend to accumulate.
If the small preys have no place to hide, they will get out of your garden looking for another place to hibernate.
Check for gaps or holes
This is the time for you to check the foundation around your home for small openings. They are a perfect place for snakes and other reptiles to slide in and set up homes for their families. When cleaning up the lawn, inspect the outside of your home for small holes and cracks too. Seal them if you find any.
Collect the chicken eggs
If you have even a small chicken farm, remember to collect the eggs every time you can leaving no chance for the snakes. Snakes thoroughly enjoy chicken eggs and they have often been spotted lurking around chicken coops.
Alternatively, you should always collect your eggs regularly and never give the snake the opportunity to feed again. Doing so, they will eventually get tired of striking out and lose interest in hunting around your chicken and their eggs.
Mulch with rough, jagged materials
Snakes do not like rolling around in a bed of sharp rocks or thorns. Their sensitive scales do not like to travel over sharp surfaces, therefore, making a great way to deter garden snakes.
You can use natural materials such as pine cones, sharp rocks, eggshells or holly leaves on surfaces where snakes are most likely to appear.
Use a non-toxic snake repellent
You may wonder if snakes too have repellents. Yes, they do. In fact, typical snake repellents are often packed with potentially harmful chemicals that you don’t want anywhere near your garden where you grow your food. These chemical repellents can be harmful to your pets too.
Lucky for you for having the option to opt to non-toxic snake repellent in the market. Granular snake repellent can be sprinkled all around the garden and along the sidewalks. You can use it to create a barrier around places you want to deter snakes from entering.
Keep an eye on other pests
Most snakes survive on small preys like mice, moles, rats and even insects such as grasshoppers, snails and slugs. So, if your garden area is free from these little prey and insects, you are also keeping away snakes from your home. There will be no reason for the snakes to stick around.
What are the plants that deter snakes?
Lucky for you that you have access to some of the best weapons out there to fight unwanted garden visitors. There are plants that have evolved to repel pests in their own ways. They can be strong odours or sharp thorns and leaves that keep snakes away.
You can choose one or two of these plants and they may do the trick to prevent snake infestation from occurring in your garden.
West Indian lemongrass produces a strong citrus smell that deters snakes easily. The pungent aroma that lemongrasses create is similar to lemon. What’s more amazing is that the smell can drive away pesky mosquitoes and ticks.
Onion and garlic
Onion and garlic plants not only emit a smell that is unpleasant to snakes but does not have a good relationship too. Garlic, especially, is effective at fending off snakes.
How? As they slide over a clove’s papery husk, the oily residue of the garlic gets on the skin of the snake. The oil affects the snake, in the same way, slicing an onion affects a sensitive-eyed chef.
Snakes react to garlic oil as if it were pepper spray. So they will leave your property as soon as they can and most likely to never return again as they take the memory with them.
Snake plants, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue is a great garden plant to keep snakes away. The plant has sharp leaves and striking appearance that frighten snakes away from its living spot.
Marigold plant, on the other hand, has a deep-growing and aggressive root system that emits a smell that snakes dislike. They have bright-coloured flowers and pungent aroma that attract beneficial insects and pollinators such as birds, butterflies and bees that drive away pests large and small.
The Pest Control Experts
Snake control practices are good for you to do at your garden especially during these rainy seasons. Also, if you happen to see or detect any footprints of snakes, don’t hesitate to contact professional pest control teams to get the checking done for you.
On a side note, look for us when you’re looking for exterminators for snake control Selangor as our professional pest control exterminators are on the go with many snake sighting cases all around Klang Valley. They know exactly how to keep snakes out of your home.
Prevent them from invading your property at all costs. On a repeated reminder, clear their food resources, reduce moisture as much as you can and seal snake access points.
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