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 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.


  • 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.


  • "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.



Rattlesnakes: How to get rid of a rattlesnake

Oh no. So many snakes they made this sign?


Rattlesnakes. Also known as pit vipers. Rattlesnakes get their name from a rattle the rattlesnake has on the end of its tail.

When the rattlesnake is upset because you bothered it, the snake sets up to bite you, and rattles its rattles. That activity is fair warning to you that the bite is about to happen.

See what a Rattlesnake looks like so you can stay away

The only time the rattle does not make any noise is after a rainstorm or other wetting activity that thoroughly soaks the rattle.

The rattlesnake devours small animals following the bite and his discharge of a nasty venom that paralyzes the animal. The rattlesnake will only release the amount of venom needed unless it is a young snake who may let it all go which then delivers a deadly amount.


  • When you see the rattlesnake or any snake, let the rattlesnake move away. It will retreat if you give it the opportunity.
  • If the rattlesnake is striking you, it is too late. The rattlesnake will move faster than you can blink your eyes. Then it is time to treat the bite if you were not following the advice below.
  • Trapping a rattlesnake is possible using glue sticky traps or other cage traps fabricated for that purpose.
  • Experienced snake catchers and rattlesnake pet owners use specialized grasping equipment that keeps the snake far away and safe from the rattlesnake bite possibility.
  • Rattlesnakes are a delicacy in some areas, but that is your choice after you catch one.
  • Rattlesnakes roundups occur regularly around the country. Rattlesnakes are caught, weighed and measured and then returned to the place they were caught. That tells you that Rattlesnakes can be handled safely if you know what you are doing.


  • Long pants; boots; heavy clothing.
  • Avoid sunny rocky ledges; stepping over fallen logs; anywhere where a rattlesnake may be sunbathing.



Water Moccasins/Cottonmouths: Snakes are bad.

There are many kinds of harmless water snakes. But these water snakes are not harmless.

Water Moccasins. Cottonmouths. Black Moccasins. Black Snake. Congo. Water viper. Stub tail. Water lion. Water pilot. Gaper.

See the Cottonmouth snake ready to bite you


All these names are for the same water snake reptile that you need to be aware of...or suffer the consequences. The water snake bite is venomous and sometimes people die from it.

Water Moccasins or cottonmouths bite and inject venom that does great harm to he or she that gets bitten. Because this pit viper often just bears his fangs and shows his white mouth, the name cottonmouth has been used to describe it for a very long time.

These snakes are pit vipers and spend a lot of their time in the water eating frogs and fish. They are eaten by alligators and turtles.


  • LET THE COTTON MOUTH ESCAPE: Water moccasins are not real aggressive. But you should let these pit vipers retreat because the water viper will strike if no other option is available to it. Seek medical attention promptly if you are bitten as its venom is quick toxic and does significant skin damage and in some cases can be fatal.
  • Cottonmouths tend only to bite when grasped and lifted...but you need to show great respect to these reptiles. It is best to let them escape into the water.




Trap snakes. Use these traps.

Snake trapping traps vary in size and design.
You need to know how big that snake is you want to catch.
And if it is poisonous, you need to know up front, how to take it out of the trap...even if you kill it first.

Glue Board Snake Trap

Glue Board Snake trap

Mail Order Snake Trap

Mail Order Snake Trap

Homemade Snake trap

Big Snake Trap

Wire Mesh Snake trap

Snakes in Your Bird House: What to do

Snake Leaving Bird House
Got a snake in your bird house!

How long was the snake in your bird house?
How many birds did the snake eat while in your bird house?
This is pest control you might not want to deal with.
But if free pest control is your goal, we tell you how.

If you do, just click on snakes (NEXT) to figure out the best approach.

You can kill the snake.
You can trap the snake.
You can shoot the snake.
You can drown the snake, well maybe.
You could block the hole and starve the snake.

Free pest control and snake removal.
Just click on snake "bye bye" after NEXT
Good luck.