Rattlesnakes have been seen in the town of Hanna. Be alert and keep your children and pets safe. See below for some tips.
One of the best ways to keep rattlesnakes away from gardens and homes is to remove suitable hiding places.
• Heavy brush, tall grass, rocks, logs, rotten stumps, lumber piles, and other places of cover should be cleaned up. Keep weeds mowed close to the ground or remove them completely.
• Since snakes often come to an area in search of prey, eliminate rodent populations, especially ground squirrels, meadow voles, deer mice, rats, and house mice.
• Rattlesnakes cannot dig burrows, but frequently use those dug by voles or moles. After controlling the rodents, fill in all burrows with soil or sod and pack down firmly.
Measures to keep rattlesnakes out of houses and buildings are very similar to those for keeping out rodents, too.
• Rattlesnakes may seek refuge beneath buildings; check foundations for gaps or cracks. In summer, rattlesnakes may be attracted to cool and/or damp places, such as beneath buildings and in basements.
• Sealing all cracks and other openings greater than 1/4 inch can prevent them from entering.
• Gaps beneath garage doors are often large enough to permit snakes to enter, especially young ones.
• Access doors on crawl spaces should be inspected carefully for breaks or gaps. Of course, use caution if you must crawl under a house or other building.
• Repair all gaps or tears in screens. Check where utility and cable lines enter the home for gaps or holes.
• Hot tub or swimming pool pump enclosures may provide cover if they are not well sealed. Ornamental water fountains, pools, and fish ponds may also attract diamondback rattlesnakes.
How to get rid of rattlesnakes? What about Snake Fences?
Rattlesnakes can be excluded from an area by installing a snake-proof fence. Make sure the gates are tight fitting, and keep vegetation and debris from collecting around the fence. Snakes can climb accumulated vegetation and gain access to the top of the fence. Check the fence frequently to be sure it has not been damaged or torn in any way.
Over the years various home remedies have been suggested to repel snakes, such as placing a horsehair rope around your sleeping bag or sprinkling sulfur dust or scattering mothballs around the area to be protected. Unfortunately, none of these work. Despite what you may hear, there are no plants or ultrasonic devices that repel snakes. Currently several commercially available chemical snake repellents are on the market, but they have not proven to be sufficiently effective to warrant recommendation.
Remember, if left alone, a snake is likely to move on to another area. Rattlesnakes are capable of striking quickly, so caution is important. Most rattlesnake bites occur when inexperienced people try to pick up or move a rattlesnake.
If you don’t want to kill the snake yet want it removed, it is best to call a professional pest or wildlife control operator who specializes in snake removal. Look to the left for experienced snake removal technicians today, and gain peace of mind.