Snake problem.

Posted by $ Dobrien 3 months, 1 week ago to Education
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I have a snakes nest or burrow between my back door steps and the foundation.
They freak my wife out. Any ideas how to get rid of them without killing them?

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  • Posted by 25n56il4 3 months, 1 week ago
    I don't know why, but I never had a problem with snakes in my huge yard because it seemed they don't get along with cats. The neighborhood cats all seemed to congregate in my yard at night because the neighborhood dogs couldn't get in. I did have quite a few Possums also. Maybe it was the Possums that kept them out.
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  • Posted by $ Commander 3 months, 1 week ago
    Cayenne pepper, oil of clove, peppermint or spearmint oil.
    More than likely voles or mice. I have the same thing going at my place. I think they burrow to get to the winter warmth under the concrete pad
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    • Posted by $ 3 months, 1 week ago
      ThanQ will give it a try.
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      • Posted by 25n56il4 3 months ago
        My daughter in law says the moth balls will get rid of your snakes. Also they will discourage any other varmits trying to eat your plants.
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        • Posted by $ 3 months ago
          Thanks Nan , but I am going to pass on moth balls.

          Kathy Mayo, RN and Certified Specialist in Poison Information at the Blue Ridge Poison Center. “The use of mothballs as a snake repellent is an old wives’ tale that just won’t go away. When people sprinkle them under or around a house, it increases the likelihood that a child or a pet will find them and eat them. They look just like candy to young children. Also, the toxic vapors can seep up into the living spaces, sickening all of the people inside.”

          Moth balls are common old-time home remedy to keep snakes away, but this old wives’ tale doesn’t stand the test of science. Mothballs don’t repel snakes. Snakes “smell” with their tongues, so methods like mothballs that rely on odors are unlikely to deter them. In fact, the odors from mothballs are more likely to bother the mammalian residents of your homestead — curious children and pets have also been known to put toxic mothballs in their mouths — and mothball chemicals like naphthalene can leach into your drinking water.


          There are two types of mothballs on the market. They look identical, but some are made with the chemical naphthalene, while others are made with paradichlorobenzene. Both chemicals become a gas when exposed to air and cause the strong mothball smell. Naphthalene is the more toxic of the two chemicals.

          The fumes from mothballs can cause headache, dizziness and irritation to the eyes and lungs. If swallowed, naphthalene can cause a condition called hemolytic anemia. This is when red blood cells break apart and can no longer carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Symptoms of this condition may include fatigue, shortness of breath and painful urination, with discolored urine.
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