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Snakes: How to get rid of snakes in your yard

Snake_in_grass_large Keeping snakes out of the yard (and indoors as well) is not always possible.

But there are things you can do to reduce their numbers.

There are good snakes and bad snakes...yes...almost everyone says the only good snake is a dead snake.

It is reported there are no poisonous snakes in Maine but they are everywhere else.

So who cares.

The point is...you are not a snake expert, therefore safe snake control applies to every snake that you see. And some of you just don't want to see one again...ever. But we must repeat the obvious...treat them all as if they are deadly poisonous...because you are not an expert and they all look remarkably alike and some of them are really bad bad guys.

Here are the facts.


REMOVING SNAKES THAT ALREADY CALL YOUR YARD OR HOUSE THEIR HOME:

  • Trap Them: There are commercial traps you can buy, the best are designed for snakes and are glue traps. Other animal traps will occasionally catch the critters as well. Specialty traps are usually not available locally so you may have to go on the internet to find them.
  • Catch Them: Either you do it yourself or call an exterminator. A local snake exterminator or trapper (hire a snake charmer?) is your best bet.
  • Removal: If it is dead...bury it, toss it, just get rid of it with thought for the safety for who or whatever might find it. If alive...have the exterminator take it away, or it could it become your pet? Your call.

KEEPING NEW ONES OUT OF YOUR YARD:

  • "Organic" Control: Because snakes usually arrive to dine on what lives in your yard, if you control those food sources, they will go elsewhere. That means get rid of chipmunks, small birds and their nests, mice, rats, frogs and small fish. Yes, bird feeders attract snakes just as those cute little chipmunks do, so you have a choice to make. Said another way, make your yard less friendly for snakes...a dog, cat, fewer wood and rock piles, and that ugly debris you have laying around.
  • Chemical Repellents: Mothballs...a lot of them...send them away. Or easiest, the commercial repellents such as Snake Away as advertised by all the pest control companies that when applied, set up a chemical fence around the yard. They work most of the time and are worth a try.

 

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Rabbits:How to get rid of rabbits quickly

The Easter bunny...Rabbit TV cartoon characters...How can they be a problem?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a fact. Baby rabbits are born frequently, and if there are only a few or no predators to feed on them, their population explodes. Because they all need to eat and make more baby rabbits, they eat in and on your vegetable garden and many ornamental plants every day.

Rabbits tend to eat at night...and because they taste so good, their numbers introduce other animals that like to dine on them for supper...snakes, fox, dogs, cats, coyotes, and people (hunters).
These are your basic choices to regain control and stop your yard from being the local fast food restaurant by your uninvited guests.

PREVENTIVE ACTION:

  • Plants you can try: Rabbits stay away from a couple of plants. Those in the Allium family and Neem cake as well.
  • Organic Odor deterrence: Either do it yourself with urine soaked cloth or purchase a commercial product that uses coyote urine or some other nasty smelling ingredient that is applied as a "liquid fence".
  • Toxic deterrence: Granules are available from commercially licensed exterminators. Smoke bombs can also deter until the smoke clears. We guess that includes fireworks as well if you want to enjoy the action at the same time.
  • Organic Taste deterrence: Hot pepper, some deer repellents and other secret formulas sold that no one will tell us what their made from work as well.
  • Visual deterrence: Rabbits seeing scarecrows and fake snakes often take the long way around but they usually figure out they are fake...so move them frequently.
  • Noise and water: Motion or time activated cannon sprays are often effective for a while. Again, move them frequently.
  • Fencing: Use fence with 1 inch squares, 2 feet high, the bottom buried 4 inches vertically or horizontally, made of plastic or wire mesh, and you have created a barrier to the rabbits dining table. They may chew holes through the plastic if they are really hungry. You can add an electrically  charged wire to zap their tender nose and amplify your "stay out" of my garden message.
  • Many of these devices and products are available by local purchase and on the internet.

FINAL ACTION: 

    • Shoot the rabbits. Hunting seasons let you do it legally, just be sure you know the law and don't endanger your neighbors.
    • Commercial traps that kill the rabbits: Be aware that you may find the neighbors kittens in the trap as well.
  • Commercial live traps: Rabbits won't go in them the first day you set it out, but hang in there, they always do eventually. Move them miles away but remember scared animals will pee on your floor carpets in the car when in the trap, so plan ahead. As for bait, use pieces of the plants they are eating in your yard or dried apple, carrots, lettuce, corn, or clover.

 

 

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Bed Bugs: How to kill bed bugs

Bedbug_main Give thanks to the early colonists who brought bedbugs with them on their boats.

Bed bugs suck on your blood usually within an hour of dawn. 

 

Don't believe the rumors, they can be seen.

They are flat reddish brown about 1/4 of an inch long and move the speed of an ant. If they are well fed by getting a good bunch of your blood, they live about 8 months and if starved, sleep for a year or more.

Turn on a flashlight about an hour before dawn and if you have them, you will likely see them scurry for a dark crevice such as under a sheet or behind the woodwork.

TO PREVENT THEM: Practice good housekeeping. Clean, vacuum, wash, sanitize, etc.

Check your luggage after your trip...that is how they usually travel.

Sanitize that used clothing you bought at the local yard sale.

DO YOU HAVE BED BUGS: If you have bites in the morning, probably. Another way to determine if you have them is to hire a pest handler with a dog that has been trained to smell an bed bug infestation. They do a very good job but get a quote first.

  • Use a commercial glue traps to catch them. You can buy the traps locally.

 

  • Use double sided tape around the bed or area. As they cross the tape they stick and you got em.
  • Sanitize your sheets, clothes, etc to kill the unseen ones.
  • Use neem oil from a tree found in India (look on the internet) and spread it around. Organic control does work.
  • Use garden grade diatomaceous earth under your mattress. You can buy at a hardware store.
  • Steam the bed bugs or spray them with rubbing alcohol.
  • Deep freeze your bed linens and clothes for several days.
  • Put the legs of the bed in cups of water or mineral oil.
  • Professional Services: If you are unable to get rid of the bed bugs, or feel it is more than you can handle, call a professional pest control specialist. Their phone number is in your local directory. Or...you can find their contact information on their website on the internet.

After all of this, you can sleep well and itch no more.

 

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Dodo Bird: 6 ways to remove

      

       

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From "A German Menagerie Being a Folio Collection of 1100 Illustrations of Mammals and Birds" by Edouard Poppig, 1841.


...Yes...we know it has been extinct for longer than forever...

The only 6 ways to get rid of a Dodo today would be to sell stuffed dodo's on eBay.

............but now that we have your attention...

                              Thank You!

...for visiting our blog and discovering how many different ways will solve your pest control problems.

 

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Raccoons: How to stop or get rid of raccoons.

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You know them when you see a raccoon.
Ringed tail and black mask, the size of a small dog, but strong and smart as they are a member of the bear family.

Raccoons do their eating a night, sleep anywhere during the day, and (impress your friends with this fact) raccoons do not eat tomatoes.

Raccoons raid garbage cans, tear up newly planted lawns, raid poultry coops, defend threats to their young, and raccoons are fun to watch and feed and eat those expensive pretty koi fish in your pond.

Just kidding because raccoons got the fish in our pond last winter.

Raccoons sleep in any available burrow or dark place like in your chimney, under your porch or attic. Raccoons can climb up and down almost anything to reach food or a sleeping place.

When you have had it with the raccoon visits..and you have fed them house food so long they start to demand a new menu, these are your pest control choices.

PREVENT THEM:

  • STOP FEEDING THEM
  • Cover your chimney top with a screen
  • Screen in entry areas on the roof, eaves, under porches and decks
  • Put covers that lock on your garbage cans
  • Trim tree branches that raccoons use to jump to your roof
  • Prevent lawn damage by controlling the grubs under the lawn with organic or toxic insecticides available locally
  • Repel them with radio noise, mothballs, and electric fences

IS THE MASKED INVADER REALLY THERE: Put flour on the ground or entry path to his sleeping den and look for the tracks to determine if your home is his home.

REMOVING THE MASKED MARAUDER:

    • There is no federally approved poison to use for control.
  • Live traps... Bait with bacon, dry cat food, fish, or whatever they are dining on in your yard.
  • Release them 10 to 15 miles or more away or you will see them again. Or kill them in the live trap by shooting or drowning.
  • Hunting and trapping seasons are also effective but check your local regulations as you may be required to have a license both on and off season.
  • If you live near a highway, the cars may solve your problem. Many many raccoons are killed crossing the road because the other side always has better food, lodging, and a new mate.
  • BE CAREFUL: Rabies is a real problem with raccoons. They carry it, they infect others, and if they are acting weird, probably have it.

 

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