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When I'm at my home located in some deep woods, I am often seeing snakes crawling around the premises. Usually I will kill it first, then identify later since my theory of a dead snake is a good snake. My thoughts are that if they leave me alone then I will leave them alone. If you watched some of my videos on the videos page, I talk about snakes in my compost bin just waiting for mice or other varmints to come into their lair. I thought I would compose some quick things about snakes that I have discovered over the years.



Methods to avoid Snakes infested areas:

I read an article on that the United States Department of Agriculture dropped dead mice stuffed with 80 mg of acetaminophen (Tylenol) in their gullet helped kill a lot of snakes down in Guam around their Naval Base. Apparently this much Tylenol is a lethal dose to the brown tree snake that is wiping out the birds in that area. They would attach the mice to some type of parachute device so that the parachute system would be entangled into the tree tops where the brown snakes would be located waiting for birds. The dander in the mice hair attracts snakes, thus the snakes would eat the mice, ingest the acetaminophen and die. This to me is one of the most effective ways to eliminate snakes in your retreat area. Other known ways to avoid snakes have shown little success and don't have the scientific proof behind it from what I can find to date. Some Old Timers suggest moth balls around your house, others would say a certain plants like Lemongrass, rosemary, garlic, mint, hemp ropes, eucalyptus, or marigolds. Some folks say that if you are hunting, then if you smoke, the nicotine will deter snakes, but of course your game will also smell the smoke.

If you are around a wooded area, make lots of noise, eventually the vibrations will make the little fellers slide away. Do not suddenly pick up an old logs, rocks, or pile of sticks, but gradually move the pile after walking up upon it. At the same time, talking, and slowly moving into the area. Make sure to wear tough leather boots or snake chaps. Have a garden hoe at ready state or a long stick as well. When I go into an area that is snake prone (example my compost area), I'll also call my dog or cats in the area with me. I hate to say it, but they can sniff out and be at ready state at all times.
Some other commercial devices are glue traps, small form fencing (Which is a lot of work to put up around your house), as well as ultrasonic devices.
Whichever method you choose, use common sense when in the woods no matter what the cost. A pair of long leather boots not only will protect you from spraining you ankle, but also help prevent snake bites. At $100.00 the boots would be a better investment than a few thousand dollars in the emergency room, or worse. And always remember, if you leave it alone, it should leave you alone. To calm your nerves about snakes, always think that they are more afraid of you than you are them. Be nice to them as well, they have beneficial properties. Do not provoke any situation when you accidentally stumble across one.
 

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I've also heard, it's risky, of pouring gasoline around your perimeter for ground snakes, usually they will smell it and turn around, but obviously this is super flamable and a good rain will wash it away...
 

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Great information! I hate snakes. I agree with Survival, the only good snake is a dead snake. We live at an altitude of above 7000 feet, so I haven't seen many snakes here. My neighbor had a bull snake in her yard, they are considered to be good snakes to have, I say, "If you say so".
When I lived in South Louisiana, there was a bayou and one end of the street and a swamp at the other end. We had a lot of snakes. I never went out without a shovel, and practiced all the precautions given.
I also put mothballs under my house. I don't know if it worked or not, but I never had one in my house.
I have also heard that a perimeter of lime dust will keep them out of your house.
Animals do help. My cat saved my son, when he was 2 years old, from a Copperhead bite.
 

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Snakes hate mothballs for sure. They also hate pine shavings and cedar bedding or anything high and phenols for that matter. They can't shut their eyes and it bothers their tongues and noses. Gasoline will also scare them off, that's how they catch rattlesnakes, pour a little gas down the hole and they flee.
 
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