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Help with snakes living next to house foundation.

OK, I know this is not an FJ related topic but I need to ask for some advice from those who know. I recently caught a snake that was hanging in the back of my house adjacent to the rear steps accessing the kitchen. I live near a swampy, area and I have seen at least on two other occasions snakes crossing the road about a mile away from where home. Last Wednesday, my wife called me at work and said that 2 more snakes were hanging out in the sun right by the stair in the same spot. The first time around i had to dig in the area to catch the first one and I had noticed that the previous owner of the house had buried these massive rocks around the entire perimeter of the foundation for better drainage, and I am now thinking that a family of snakes took residence in there. Long story short, how do I take them out without having to do a substantial dig? I was planning on making a concrete sidewalk and trapping them in. The home is relatively new, at 10 years of age, and is very well built and maintained, so no snakes could get in unless i leave the door open. Any help with this is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Help with snakes living next to house foundation.

throw some mothballs around and that should work
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Re: Help with snakes living next to house foundation.

What kind of snakes?
If they are nothing dangerous/Venomous, I honestly wouldn't worry about it.
Snakes aren't always a bad thing, but then again i like snakes.
I bet you wont have any mice in your house with them there.
The mothballs should work, or maybe try something like this:
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Re: Help with snakes living next to house foundation.

Mothballs work after you got rid of them. But this particular snake may not respond to them I read on the bag I bought. They are black snakes, rat snakes or such it look like.
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Re: Help with snakes living next to house foundation.

Ironic that a guy named Mongoose would need help getting rid of snakes

Black snakes are OK. They will keep rodents and some other snakes away.

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Re: Help with snakes living next to house foundation.

My first idea was about a gallon of gas and a match....but figured that not to be appropriate.

So from what i understand, if you can find some Red Devil Lye (sp?) and put down around the area they come and go from, it burns their undersides and they will not come back. Never tried it but i was assured that this works. I have used the mothball thing for many years to repel creatures under a crawlspace and it works. I dont know if it would make them leave after they had taken up residence.

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Black snakes are OK. They will keep rodents and some other snakes away.
Yep - Rat Snakes are great friends, they will control your rodent population. As long as they are not poisonous, I'd leave them be. If you just can't live with them, then keep moth balls down there all the time.

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Re: Help with snakes living next to house foundation.

I've got cabins in Va. that get a LOT of snakes - Renters not usually keen on that (especially the copper colored ones & diamond patterned ones ;-)

The greenies & blackies are our friends, but lots o' mothballs have ALWAYS worked well for many years for me. A .45 can be a fun way as well

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My first idea was about a gallon of gas and a match....but figured that not to be appropriate.

So from what i understand, if you can find some Red Devil Lye (sp?) and put down around the area they come and go from, it burns their undersides and they will not come back. Never tried it but i was assured that this works. I have used the mothball thing for many years to repel creatures under a crawlspace and it works. I dont know if it would make them leave after they had taken up residence.
I am only assuming they took up residence. It's probably safe to say they did, since they run right back in when i try to sneak up on them. I have made a trap with sticky pads to see if that works. I just don't like the thought of living with them. Is OK if I don't see them but seeing them hang around is just creepy.
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Black snakes are OK. They will keep rodents and some other snakes away.
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