4 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Snakes in the Yard & Pond

Snakes

Have too many snakes making unwanted visits to your backyard and pond? Try these four remedies to keep them away.

How to Get Rid of Snakes

1. Get Rid of Shelters
Identify and remove areas of the backyard that make good hiding places for snakes. This could include wood piles, yard debris, and deep cracks in the driveway.

Tall grass also makes excellent hiding places for snakes so make sure you are mowing the grass on a regular basis. For snakes, tall grassy areas provide cover against common predators like hawks and owls.

Tall Grassy Areas Snake

2. Raise Guinea Fowls
These birds are surprisingly a snake’s worst nightmare. Some homesteaders like to have a couple of guinea fowls around their chickens and geese as they could make excellent “guards”.

Guinea fowls can also help with controlling the population of common household pests like fleas and ticks. They will also give loud warnings when they spot predators.

Snake Tong

3. Get Rid of Snake’s Food Source
If the snakes are still coming even after you have removed all their hiding places then there is a good chance that your yard is an excellent place for the snakes to find food.

Snakes feed on a variety of prey, including insects, small rodents, and amphibians. You will need to find and remove what the snakes are preying on.

4. Catch with a Snake Tong
Use a snake tong to catch the snakes from a safe distance. Drop the snakes into an empty trash can then relocate them to a distant location.

Before you take any of the above steps, consider whether the snakes really need to be removed. Non-venomous snakes, for example, can be your best friend as they can help control unwanted rodents and insects. Garter snakes, for example, like to feed on slugs and snails.