Wild Animal Management MN | Snake Removal
There is no snake repellent – commercial or homemade that actually works. Predator urine (coyote urine), mothball flakes (naphthalene) and sulfur are commonly sold snake repellants. These so-called repellants fail to deter snakes. Unfortunately, they also poison the environment. This can cause more harm than good.
Another repellant method used is ultrasonic sound devices. Some remedies from old wives tales have actually used human hair or garlic. Of course, these have also proven worthless.
Remove Snakes From Minnesota Home
Snakes feed extensively on rodent pests, such as voles, mice, and rats that cause billions of dollars in agricultural damage annually.
If you’re having an ongoing problem with snakes around your home, even getting into your home, your real problem might be mice and rodents! The primary food of many snakes, especially the larger ones, is rodents (mice, voles, rats). When a property develops a healthy population of rodents, snakes can move in as well.
Mice and vole populations typically increase when residents feed birds. The rodents feast on spilled bird seed, often nesting in burrows near bird feeders. Pet food left outdoors, compost bins, or rotting fruit or vegetables also support large populations of rodents. If your property also has plenty of nesting/hiding places (debris piles, wood piles, heavy mulch, tall weeds), the conditions are right for an explosion of rodents.
Even if the mice never find their way inside, the snakes might. Snakes may enter a building looking for prey or to find a secluded place to hibernate. Snakes can enter through openings under doors, holes around pipes or electrical lines, through vents, pet doors, or holes in masonry foundations. Sometimes the family dog or cat will bring a snake inside only to have it slither away. If you have a mouse problem inside your home, a snake can enter looking for those mice. And, if there are plenty of mice inside, the snake may just decide to stay inside.
Bottom line is, instead of trying to get rid of the snakes, you should be trying to get rid of the rodents (poisonous snakes are the exception). Snakes are beneficial and are doing you a favor by feeding on the mice and voles. But if you really can’t stand the idea of snakes around your home, then you need to take steps to get rid of the rodents. The snakes will likely follow.
To remove snakes, you need to do 2 things.
* The first step is to eliminate the rodents’ food sources. Clean up spilled bird seed regularly and use bird feeders with catch trays. Don’t leave pet food outside. Make sure garbage cans are tightly closed with no spillage. Pick up fruits or vegetables on the ground.
* The second step is to eliminate hiding and nesting sites for rodents. Remove piles of bricks, wood, stones, debris, topsoil, mulch, or loose trash. Mow areas of tall grass, weeds, or brush. Heavy vegetation should be thinned. Close old rodent burrows so they don’t become snake dens.
This helps prevent a future infestation of snakes. This can also help prevent other pest or rodent infestations.
Maybe you don’t know where the snakes are coming from. Maybe you fear snakes. This is where experienced professionals can help. Professionals have the necessary experience to pinpoint exactly where snakes are entering, remove the snakes and seal these entrances. Whether you dislike snakes or sharing your home with them, Minnesota Wild Animal Management is ready to help.
Minnesota Wild Animal Management removes pests and helps prevent their return. We can help by finding the source of your snake problems and removing them from your home. We also seal areas of your home that attract them to nesting or resting areas.
We can inspect your property, set up a program, and advise you on steps you can take to get rid of the snakes (and rodents) on your property.