So we have been having garter snakes around our house like crazy. I avoid going out in the grass at all costs. Well this morning I went downstairs into our basement, with bare feet mind you, only to reach the last step and notice, before I took the final step to the floor that I was about to step on a garter snake!!! I was home alone and I screamed and ran up-stairs. I think my dog thought I was crazy. What can be done about them?!?! My landlord is coming over tonight, but I just was wondering if anyone has had the same problem and had to deal with it? What worked? What didn't? Please any suggestions?!
Garter snakes are totally harmless. Try and find someone who's not scared of them, put some gloves on, because they exude a smelly substance when cornered, and just catch them in the basement, and release them near some rocks and trees. You might want to give your basement a close inspection to see where they are getting into your house.
pen is right. we get lots of garter snakes in the spring and they don't hurt a thing. If you don't want them inside, look around for any openings and possible ways they are coming in and seal those up. do you have cats? sometimes cats will bring them into the house (at least my neighbor says hers does). they can't bite and their defense is a foul slime/odor that they use to deter predators, so you can pick them up with gloves on no problem and put them back out. good luck and don't be scared! snakes are really cool, especially the harmless ones!
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Every spring my Dad surrounds his house with moth balls. It might sound strange but it seems to keep the snakes away from the house. They have a foul odor that keeps the snakes from his basement and away from the general vacinity of the house. They seem to keep spiders at bay as well. So my husband has gotten some to put around our house this spring. Cause I HATE SPIDERS! Hope this helps.
the area i moved to has a lot of snakes, and many are not the harmless type. many kids, dogs and livestoke are being bitten every year and some of those bites do not end well. the preferred way people here deal with them is cats. around here, feral cats are not considered unwanted pests, they are being fed, protected and encouraged to stay close to homes. the local AC don't bother them either. those cats do a very good job at killing any thing that moves, including those venomous snakes, rats and mice. pretty good symbiotic relationship. took a bit to get use to stray cats everywhere, but I kinda enjoy them now.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.
Thanks for the advise. I stopped by Earl May garden store last night and picked up snake repellent, moth balls and a pair of leather gloves. My husband went snake hunting in the basement last night and came up empty handed--so hopefully it isn't a huge problem. The snake repellent says it will not harm the animal; only keep it out of the areas that they are not wanted. I don't mind snakes outside, just not in the house. The landlord checked for places they could get in and didn't find anything, but he is getting some kind of inspector over to do a more extensive check. He said no other tenants have had problems in the past, but he also said they weren't the greatest either. I am appreciating the fact that we have a good relationship with our landlord. If this gets to be a bigger problem, I guess I will have to give into my husband's wishes to get a cat....he is the cat person in the family--I am not. I will just hope that by addressing the problem that it will go away and I can continue being happy and settled in my house. Thanks for everything! Sorry this was long winded.