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Cyndi 04-22-2008 06:35 PM

Anything short of a 12 guage shot gun that will irradicate these pesky snakes??? It's getting warmer and they will be out soon. I live in the country and killed 3 last year that were right out side the door of our house. What I am concerned about is that I have to go under the crawlspace of the home to do some electrical and although I am not afraid of non-poisonous snakes, I don't relish the idea of getting bitten by a dangerous rattlesnake.

Has anyone heard about controlling snakes by the use of pigs?????? I don't think I could fit one under the house though!!!!:laughing:

nap 04-22-2008 07:17 PM

just wear this:,400,1,0,0

Maybe they will believe you are a pig and slither away.

well, I can't make it show up so you'll have to go to the link.

Cyndi 04-22-2008 07:29 PM

oink oink!!

USP45 04-22-2008 07:34 PM

yes, pigs will sometimes eat them. But I was watching "Dirty Jobs" and Mike Rowe had helped a company eraticate cock roaches and snakes. They used moth balls. I had called them and they said yes, snakes do not like moth balls. Try it, what do you have to lose?

nap 04-22-2008 08:09 PM

I would do a bit of research. It may be part of a myth but I remember hearing about some problem with the fumes from the mothballs.

from one website.

For either of these chemicals to be effective, they need to be placed with the clothing in a sealed container so the fumes can build up and kill the moths. In a sealed atmosphere like this, the fumes are not harmful to people because they are contained. The main threat would occur when opening the containers, or from wearing clothes immediately after opening (especially a problem for infants). A solution is to open the containers outside and let the clothes hang and air out for a day before wearing.
We all seem to have an aunt whose entire house smells like moth balls, and we have all walked in to public restrooms where the smell of paradichlorobenzene is nearly overpowering. Are these fumes healthy? The answer is "probably not." If you read the chemical descriptions in the links, you will find that neither of these chemicals is particularly good for people to breathe on a regular basis. Airing out clothes is a way to limit exposure.
here is a lot more reading than I have time to do but seems germane.

Cyndi 04-22-2008 08:21 PM

Thanks, I'll keep on researchin !!!!!!!!!!

so-elitecrete 05-07-2008 11:09 PM

so whaddya mean, nat - 1st catch the snakes THEN put 'em in the bag w/mothballs ??? :censored:

Devildog 05-13-2008 09:17 PM

We have no shortage of poisonous snakes in our yard here in Thailand (red keelbacks, banded kraits, cobras!)

What locals do, and what we've started doing, is to plant lemongrass around the edges of the yard as a barrier. Apparently snakes don't like it. It isn't 100% effective, but does cut down on unpleasant encounters. Plus it smells good and you can cook with the lemongrass!

march7 05-14-2008 05:59 PM

There's supposed to be some kind of mesh fence you can put up that they can't climb over, but it's not cheap. Some large dogs will kill them, but sometimes the dog gets killed. Some people say cats keep them away because the cats dispose of all the small rodents so the snakes aren't interested in your place.

I hope that helps,

Maintenance 6 05-16-2008 07:10 AM

Pet Mongoose.

deck hand 05-16-2008 09:37 AM

Just my thought
I had trouble with small rodents under my deck, I put mothballs in a plastic coffee jar with holes in it's lid. I havent seen anymore rodents and or signs.

I was in North Carolina visiting, and this conversation came up about snakes coming up from the water area to the house , The owner told me they start by clearing the area around their home ( so as not to trap them at the house ) and then start from the house toward the water with moth ball dust what ever that is? Anyway they claim it worked for them against I believe he said " copper head snakes"

Deck Hand

Cyndi 05-16-2008 07:38 PM

Thanks for all of your suggestions. I run an animal rescue and rehab center here and have to be careful of toxic treatments. I have pot belly pigs that may do the trick!! If not...I will try the mothballs.

ocoee 05-17-2008 08:18 PM

This is what I do for a living, 25 years in pest and nuisance wildlife control

The company on Dirty Jobs was a joke and easily the least professional group I have ever seen

There is a product called Dr Ts Snake Away that is effective on rattlesnakes
Moth balls are not that good for one thing because they melt in rain and dew
Snake Away is a different formulation of the same chemical that will last about 6 months

Cyndi 05-18-2008 09:02 AM


Thank you soooooo much for the info. Where do I get the Dr. T's Snake Away formula????

Thanks to everyone else for your good sounds like we have a solution by Ocoee!!!!!

martyshel 05-20-2008 11:08 AM


Originally Posted by Cyndi (Post 123936)

Thank you soooooo much for the info. Where do I get the Dr. T's Snake Away formula????

Thanks to everyone else for your good sounds like we have a solution by Ocoee!!!!!

I've seen Dr T's at Lowe's.

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