Home & Lawn Pest Control : How to Keep Snakes Away From the House


Hi, I’m Jim Harmon with California Pest Management
here in sunny southern California. We’re going to talk a little bit about how do you keep
snakes away from your house. Now in southern California, a lot of our snake issues are
going to be predatory snakes, they’re going after crickets, smaller insects and also going
after rodents. So the first thing is keep the rats and mice out and away from your house
and off your property whenever possible. In other words, limit food sources, engage a
good pest control company to do a good preventative program for you. Eliminate the food source
you won’t have the problem. Second, habitat. This right here behind us is a wonderful habitat.
The snakes can get inside and have a nice place to hide and stay away from everybody.
They like a nice warm spot after they’ve eaten, that way they can digest their food. A lot
of this overgrowth we see here on this hedge, that’s great for snakes because they have
lots of places to hide. This needs to be trimmed back and thinned and kept in good shape. The
next area we got to be concerned about it, these tall berries, again, keep them cleaned
up, especially around the base of them, but when you go into the pool areas, everybody
has a pool also has all their pool equipment. That is a neglected area. These are all quiet
zones. Not only can rats and mice develop in there but snakes love them. OK now one
of the other areas, we have a nice garage here and a tool shed next to it. We don’t
normally go into these everyday, usually on the weekends but you can see we’ve got little
cracks and holes in the corners and a lot of times you might even have this left open.
Next to it I’ve also got a lot of pots stored. Now these pots when you have them all stored
and jumbled over, that’s a great place for the snakes to hide too. So we have a lot of
hiding spots for them and we really need to make sure that they don’t have any place to
go. That needs to be cleaned up and sealed up. And these ponds especially above ground,
there’s a lot of areas around it for a snake to hide. Now unfortunately this particular
aquascape, this little pond here, is right next to the back door. So if you happen to
come out to your backyard and you leave the door a little bit open, the snake’s right
here, they can scoot straight on inside and they feel the cold air, they’re going to go
on in and hide.

18 thoughts on “Home & Lawn Pest Control : How to Keep Snakes Away From the House

  1. I live in Nebraska, and had big problem with bull snakes. Especially in the Spring when it starts to warm up and in the fall when it starts to get cold. If you have a broken sidewalk that has a void under it, or a crack in the foundation that allows entry into a crawl space, seems like the snakes love to setup housekeeping in those places. Also slipping under/through the garage door seal is a way for snakes to get into the house.

  2. @franktx1 Not in the south. There are copperheads, rattlesnakes, cotton mouths, etc. These are not harmless and they are not just lizards without legs. They are poisonous and can be deadly.

  3. mothballs work great…. its the same as snake away …. snake away is just ground up and has sulfur in it

  4. start with putting the mothball right outside the home… after a day or so put them about 10 feet out and 10 more feet a day later and so on… put 1 moth ball every 3-5 ft and it should help a ton… its not gonna totally keep ALL the snakes away but it cuts the down ALOT im in the south and have tons of clients that swear by them… i also use them and hvent had any problems

  5. @beentheredonethatb4
    and the mothballs work great for everything you listed as well… im in texas i have the same problems and water moc… so i would try it if you need help

  6. hey if you can cure that house in Salem Idaho of all those SNAKES they have. then you are a BAD ASSS MOFO.. until then its just jibber jaw gum bumping chitchat.

    have you seen that house with all the snakes??? thats how i came over here.

  7. Great video.  As a professional humane wildlife trapper in Florida with a specialty in snakes I support you all the way.  I was so relieved that you never mentioned Snake Away…never, ever, ever,ever…use Snake Away unless you just like spending money.  

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