- Mar 09, 2018
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How to Keep Snakes away from your House
1. Keep Frogs away: Frog are special meals for snakes. When snakes go hunting for food, some of their targets are frogs and rats but frogs seems to be a better meal for them. Most frogs come out of their hiding places at night. They stay quiet in wall holes, piles of dirt or under dark flower bed corners during the day. When they come out at night, they announce their presence to scare other strange frogs away from their territory and attract female frogs for mating. This croak sounds on the other hand attracts snakes as this is sound of food to them. Frogs always hang around in groups. This means if snakes gets to feed successfully in a day and observes there are more frogs, it will find a place to live there. This becomes a threat to people living around there as they have a harmful enemy around them. The solution to this is to eliminate the frogs in that environment. This will eventually spell hunger for the snakes and force them to leave that environment.
2. Cover holes in walls: Snakes mostly live in wall holes. They hibernate there, Breed and feed there. When snakes want to take their rest, they crawl into holes and stay there. They consider it a safe place as people cannot just come into walls. Pests like rats also hide in walls during the day. This encourages the snakes to stay around there as stray rats passing through walls could walk right into their custody and end up in their mouth. Most times the poisonous snake bites the rats injecting deadly venoms into their systems. This eventually weakens and kills the rat before the snakes eat them. Snakes also prefer to lay their eggs in the warm wall environment while breeding. They are able to systematically incubate the eggs till it hatches. This is why snakes could be many in the walls sometimes especially after their eggs hatch. Male snakes also go around inspecting walls when they are looking for females to mate. The best way to end such snake activities around home environment in this case is to permanently seal up holes in walls.
3. Plant Tobacco Leaves: Tobacco leaves pass for very good reptile repellents. Especially snakes. The strong odour that comes from the tobacco leaves make snakes very uncomfortable and makes them avoid such environments where they are planted.
It is therefore advised to plant as many tobacco seeds around your compound as possible to chase these harmful reptiles away.
4. Plant Lemon Grass: Lemon grass has very strong saint. The smell of the lemon grass can be perceived from a distance. Snakes hate lime and lemon smell and will try as much as possible to avoid environments with such smell. Having as much lemon grass plants in the compound will help chase snakes away.
5. Get rid of piled up wood: Snakes always like to hide in dark corners. Some of these corners are places where old house hold items or abandoned wood are piled up. They believe no one can see them their. Snakes like to position themselves in places where they can see threats before they are seen. This makes piled up woods spots a good location for them as you will not know they are there unless you lift up the piled up items. By them they are positioned to bite or to spray venom if it is a cobra. Clearing the house regularly and throwing away unused wood is as good as destroying a home habitable by snakes. This is a good way to keep them away.
6. Weed and Cut grasses regularly: Some house compounds have small farms, gardens and flower beds. Farms which are for planting fruits and legumes can become breeding ground for snakes if the grasses and weed are left unattended. Gardens and flower beds also have carpet grasses growing around them. These grasses should be leveled or totally removed. When this weeds and grasses are removed, the environment becomes uncomfortable for snakes to hide as they will be seen easily. This keeps them away.
7. Use industrial pesticides Periodically: Industrial such Aerosol dispenser and other strong snake repellent chemicals can be applied in the house areas. This will kill snakes hiding around the house as well other small rodents they feed on. These chemicals can be very harmful when applied in concentrated quantities. Humans are therefore advised to vacate the environment after applying the chemicals. And nose and eyes should be well covered and protected while spraying. This is due to the fact that the chemicals can cause irritation on contact and death if inhaled.
8. Get rid of reptile Eggs: Reptile eggs are sometimes seen around house areas. These eggs should not be abandoned but rather removed immediately. Keeping these eggs around makes the house condusive for the snakes to breed while removing eliminates
9. Burn Bushes: Keeping a bush in an unused space of the house is a bad idea. This creates a breeding environment, creates a colony of pests which is food for the snakes and also creates a hiding place for the snakes. This is bad because the snakes can sometimes chase their preys to the house areas. This can eventually cause the snakes to relocate to the house area. Burning the bush periodically will chase them away because of the fire and this send a danger zone message to them forcing them to move far away.
10. Remove or Nurture Mango Trees: Some people are fond of keeping mango trees in their compounds. This is nice and can also be a bad idea. Snakes are specially attracted to mango trees and they can sometimes stay there for years unnoticed. This is a threat. Best way to keep them away is to nurture the trees moderately of cut it down totally.
Snakes are killers and all efforts should be invested in making sure nothing is attracting them to your house area.