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Question DetailsAsked on 9/8/2013

How do you get rid of snakes

In house?

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Right below your qeustion are three responses to similar prior questions that get to the meat of the matter - unless this is temporary because of highly unusual heat or high water in the area driving them to your house, then you need to do three things:

1) after getting rid of the ones in the house, close up ALL openings they can get in - with caulk, metal screen mesh, etc. While some snakes will climb, especially after bird nests as high as 20+ feet off the ground, generally check for any openigns within about 3 feet of the ground - openings around utility penetrations, doors without bottom sweeps, missing or loose screening to crawlspace, basement windows or dryer vents without screens, etc.

2) if you have tunnels into your crawl space from gophers or ground squirrels, you need to block or collapse them OUTSIDE the foundation - we used to pour somewhat liquid cement grout (just portland cement and water) in them - enough to fill 3-5 feet of tunnel - that worked pretty well, as they got tired of tunnelling around the concrete.

3) get rid of what they are after - occasionally insect infestations, but usually rodents - mice, rats, ground squirrels, gophers usually.

To clear out your current snakes and for future prevention, find someone like a farmer that will sell you a ranch or barn-raised cat - check with vet for feeding quantity instructions, then until your rodent/snake infestation is diminshed to where you do not notice it, underfeed the cat by 10-15% and it will go affter them. Just be cautious - they commonly bring the kill to you for inspection and approval, while alive - so watch out for letting it in the house without inspecting for whether it is carrying a catch, and beware that good hunters like we had when I was a kid can bring in a live 4-6 foot rattler or other poisonous snake.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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