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valpd 07-09-2013 06:09 PM

garter snake issues
 
We have tried to get rid of a garter snake in our small backyard. There is mulch around our home and he tends to hide beneath it. We have children and guests come over to grill with us. When we see a snake its just unpleasant. We have tried to add glue traps and moth balls. Nothing seems to work. He just finds a new spot.

gregzoll 07-09-2013 06:24 PM

They are harmless. Only reason they are around, is because of Crickets, Grass Hoppers (Locusts), Japanese Beatles, frogs, rats, field mice. Only way to get rid of them is to get rid of their food source.

Problem with getting rid of the food source for the Garter's, is that you are upsetting the balance of nature. They are the best thing out there to keep your yard and house critter free.

They do not bite, and are not venomous, and if they do clamp down, their teeth are so small, they will not do anything. Just leave the snake be, and they will leave you alone.

valpd 07-09-2013 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 1213826)
They are harmless. Only reason they are around, is because of Crickets, Grass Hoppers (Locusts), Japanese Beatles, frogs, rats, field mice. Only way to get rid of them is to get rid of their food source.

Problem with getting rid of the food source for the Garter's, is that you are upsetting the balance of nature. They are the best thing out there to keep your yard and house critter free.

They do not bite, and are not venomous, and if they do clamp down, their teeth are so small, they will not do anything. Just leave the snake be, and they will leave you alone.

OK I can understand. When the snake enters my garage and makes that it's home what are my next steps...

valpd 07-09-2013 07:00 PM

Plus it's scaring my guests away.

Davejss 07-09-2013 07:12 PM

Your guests are afraid of garter snakes? It must be horrible going through life being afraid of completely harmless animals.

clashley 07-09-2013 07:22 PM

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Originally Posted by valpd (Post 1213834)
OK I can understand. When the snake enters my garage and makes that it's home what are my next steps...

If the snake starts living in your garage, it's because he found something to eat in there. If you have a rodent problem, a non-venomous snake is not a bad thing to have around. If you don't want the snake in the garage, eliminate his food source.

Snakes like quiet places to hide. If he is camping out in your mulch, you might consider adjusting your landscape so the "snake-friendly" areas of your yard are further away from the house.

Even if you succeed in driving this guy off, something about your yard is attractive to snakes, so another will probably come along anyway... part of outdoor living. :)

valpd 07-09-2013 07:25 PM

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Originally Posted by clashley (Post 1213857)

If the snake starts living in your garage, it's because he found something to eat in there. If you have a rodent problem, a non-venomous snake is not a bad thing to have around. If you don't want the snake in the garage, eliminate his food source.

Snakes like quiet places to hide. If he is camping out in your mulch, you might consider adjusting your landscape so the "snake-friendly" areas of your yard are further away from the house.

Even if you succeed in driving this guy off, something about your yard is attractive to snakes, so another will probably come along anyway... part of outdoor living. :)

Its just creepy for kids and people who come over. I know its good to have the snake catch rodents, etc.....what if I do away with the mulch and add River Rock?

valpd 07-09-2013 07:27 PM

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Originally Posted by clashley (Post 1213857)

If the snake starts living in your garage, it's because he found something to eat in there. If you have a rodent problem, a non-venomous snake is not a bad thing to have around. If you don't want the snake in the garage, eliminate his food source.

Snakes like quiet places to hide. If he is camping out in your mulch, you might consider adjusting your landscape so the "snake-friendly" areas of your yard are further away from the house.

Even if you succeed in driving this guy off, something about your yard is attractive to snakes, so another will probably come along anyway... part of outdoor living. :)

We have lived here for 10 years and all 10 years this is the first time we have seen a snake. Nothing has really changed in our yard. We have always had mulch.

valpd 07-09-2013 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by clashley (Post 1213857)

If the snake starts living in your garage, it's because he found something to eat in there. If you have a rodent problem, a non-venomous snake is not a bad thing to have around. If you don't want the snake in the garage, eliminate his food source.

Snakes like quiet places to hide. If he is camping out in your mulch, you might consider adjusting your landscape so the "snake-friendly" areas of your yard are further away from the house.

Even if you succeed in driving this guy off, something about your yard is attractive to snakes, so another will probably come along anyway... part of outdoor living. :)

They tend to dig through the mulch and hide out there or under small plants or shrubs.

gregzoll 07-09-2013 07:57 PM

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Originally Posted by valpd (Post 1213834)
OK I can understand. When the snake enters my garage and makes that it's home what are my next steps...

Leave it be, and let it keep the garage clean of afore mentioned critters.

gregzoll 07-09-2013 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by valpd (Post 1213862)
Its just creepy for kids and people who come over. I know its good to have the snake catch rodents, etc.....what if I do away with the mulch and add River Rock?

Okay, if you are a guy, you really need to hand in your guy card now. I grew up out in what used to be the country on the West side of Springfield, IL, now it is all sleeper neighborhoods. Still there is a large woods, which you will find snakes (Garter, Cotton Mouths), frogs, crawdads, squirrels, coyotes, bobcats have been found out there, deer, etc., and not once did anyone get afraid of the wildlife.

My wife's father lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the border of Wisconsin & Michigan, and they have the afore mentioned, also have Black Bear and Badgers in their yard.

You basically learn how to live with the critters, and learn when to avoid them.

creeper 07-09-2013 08:09 PM

They really are more afraid of you .

The summer my daughter was 9, she opened her own business. "Annie's snake removal company " 75cents a snake.

The idea was a good one as we have a lot of them. Catch and hurl it over the fence into the field and then wait for tomorrows call to fetch the same snake.

Only one neighbour ever called, It happened to be a day when there were a pile of kids over (most days anyway) They all piled over and trampled her garden trying to catch the poor thing. She never did become a repeat customer

gregzoll 07-09-2013 08:14 PM

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Originally Posted by valpd (Post 1213864)
We have lived here for 10 years and all 10 years this is the first time we have seen a snake. Nothing has really changed in our yard. We have always had mulch.

The weather has a lot to do with it. One year you may not see any, next year or multiple years you will have them in your yard, then you wake up the next morning and they are gone.

Just the nature of the critter. They move on when their food source runs out.

creeper 07-09-2013 08:31 PM

Honey Badger don't care

Very funny you tube video but I can't post it because it says a word the starts with S, ends in T

TheEplumber 07-09-2013 08:44 PM

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Originally Posted by valpd (Post 1213818)
We have tried to get rid of a garter snake in our small backyard.

Sneak up on it while it's basking in the sun, grab it with your bare hand right behind it's head. Then drop it in a bag, place it on your front seat next to you and drive a couple blocks away and let it go.


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