Snakes: Foe or Friend?

Snakes: Foe or Friend?
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Should you be afraid of snakes? Are they all dangerous? First, remember that non-poisonous snakes are helpful ---they eat mice and other garden pests. So, they can act as natural rodent control! In most case, they are more afraid of you, then you are of them.
But on the other hand, if you are in an area like Patti, one of our visitors who emailed me, you may have rattlesnakes or other poisonous snakes, and those aren't friendly, especially if children are playing in the area.

I did some research, and there isn't one snake deterrent that works all of the time in all situations. Gardeners Supply has one that is worth a try called Snake Stopper. The best advice is to make sure your yard is as unfriendly for them as possible, so they won't seek shelter near your house, pets and kids.

1. Eliminate all rock and brush piles, any tall grassy areas should be mowed, lumber or wood should be at least 18 inches OFF the ground.

2. If you have mice or rodent problems then try to get those under control too (remember, they are a food supply for snakes).

3. Clear out old boards or anything that has even a small amount space under it. This creates a dark and hidden home for snakes. Be sure to trim low growing trees and bushes so they are at least a foot off the ground.

4.Don't feed pets outside or if you do, make sure anything that is left is cleaned up, and keep the food in a steel/aluminum trash can.

Once you go through and do all of these things, it will be easier to maintain them, and it will certainly make your yard less friendly for the snakes. It's also very important to learn about the snakes in your area. You can do this through your local University Extension office or Department of Natural Resources.

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Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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