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How To Attract Snakes

How to draw snakes to an area to get rid of them.

In 2009, North Carolina led the nation in snake bites. Although the state has a lot of rural areas, farms and woodlands, most poisonous bites happened in Wake county. Wake is the home of Raleigh, the state capital. The Raleigh area is metropolitan, with asphalt, concrete and steel; its environment is buildings, highways, airports, apartments and homes.

Most of the bites were from Copperhead snakes. Copperheads are quite adaptable and can easily make a home in the backyard of another home. The snakes are comfortable in tall grasses, areas with mulch, flower beds and shrubs. In other words, normal apartment or home landscaping environments can be home turf to the pest.

Birdfeeders attract birds and any seeds falling to the ground can attract mice; both attract snakes. So, with a combination of hiding places and readily available food, the adaptable Copperhead can flourish, even in an urban area.

Experts recommend keeping tall grasses and piles of wood away from a house and keeping grass and shrubs trimmed. This can reduce hiding places and make the serpents more easily visible.

There is also a way to attract them to a particular location. Since knowing where a snake is versus not knowing, this simple method might just help corral any that are on the property.

First, find an place away from the immediate area of the home or apartment where there are weeds or tall grass. These are places snakes are likely to be. Get a piece of metal roofing (5-v tin, standing seam, corrugated,etc.) and place it on the ground in the pre-selected area. The metal roofing should be at least two feet by four feet long to be most effective. Place a rock or brick on the metal so that the wind won't blow it over or away. After the brick or rock is in place, check to make sure there is at least an inch or two of space between the solid ground and the piece of roofing. The weeds, etc., should keep the roofing slightly off the ground. This is so the snake will have room to get under the metal roofing.

Now wait.

Snakes are cold-blooded creatures and like a combination of warm and dark places. This creates an attractive habitat for the reptile. Here, they are hidden from predators and they are warm. If there are snakes roaming the property, chances are they will find this. They are generally busy mating, moving and eating during the early and late summer. The best time to find snakes under the metal roofing is (in the mid-Atlantic area) from the last week in June, through July, into early August.

Check every 10 days to two weeks to see if there are snakes there. Mid-afternoon is generally the best time to check. Use a long-handled shovel, hoe or rake to lift up the roofing, giving yourself room to avoid being bitten. If there is a snake present when the metal is lifted, be prepared to deal with it quickly, else it will crawl away and escape. The best method is to use two persons to check for the snakes. One can move the tin, the other can dispatch the reptile.

The author has used this method and it has been proven to work, quite effectively, for the past three summers.

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Excellent. Sorry, I'm out of votes

Great plan! We don't have copperheads in northern IL, but I think they have them in southern IL and Missouri.

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