Have you gotten home to a slimy surprise at your doorstep? Ever found the remnants of a skin curled up in your garden shed? Chances are you’re never more than a couple 100m from a snake. Especially if you live in rural areas of Durban. Year in and year out, we receive countless calls about snake repellent, snake catching and the likes there of. And as a result its only fitting that we write this short article about how to keep snakes out of your garden for good. As professional Pest Controllers that care about our environment it the least we can do help these slithery serpentine’s as well as our clients.
Weather you like it or not, snakes and other reptiles as well as us humans co-inhabit this beautiful country. We are bound to run in to them sooner rather than later. Here are a few pointers to ensure you encounter is avoided or less likely.
In order for you to keep snakes out of your garden for good, you need to know what they want there in the first place.
Snakes much like other reptiles are basic creatures. They have basic needs that they need filled in order to survive and quite possible thrive. Lets have a look at a few things snakes look for in your garden:
How suitable is my garden for snakes?
- Snakes need living and hiding space: Weather the snakes in question are ground dwelling or tree dwelling, they need place to stay. This is one of the first thing all reptiles look for to to ensure their safety. Old building rubble, wendy houses and even quiet dark cellars are all fair game for a shy snake. If you have any of the above, chances are there is an ideal hiding spot for our not so friendly friends. Make sure your garden is free from rubble and refusefor snakes to hide under.
- Snakes need live prey items: Its nearly impossible to keep snakes out of your garden for good is you have a Rodent infestation. Only second to water, snakes need a slow steady supply of food. Weather in the form of Rodents, Amphibians or smaller ground dwelling mammals and birds. Small prey items are always fair game to a hungry snake.
- Stagnant water is never left untouched by animals: Weather we are taking about reptiles, insects or even rodents, all life needs water. Having a source in your garden can not only attract birds and bees, snakes can quite possible follow. Level out your terrain and make sure faucets and reservoirs are closed and leak free. This could quite possibly be a snakes deciding factor.
Although not fool proof making sure your garden is always clean and clear of the above will not only help prevent Rat and mouse problems. It will ultimately prevent problems related to these pests. Pest Worx here in Durban are passionate about our job as well as the part we play in our environment. Although snakes play an important part in our ecosystem they are most unwelcome in our house.
Pest Worx Durban are masters of our trade.
Unlike our competitors we look at Pest Control from a holistic approach. All household pest problems are as a result of some or another negatively influencing factor. We make it our business to help solve your pest problems.
If you reside in Durban or surrounding areas of Kwazulu-Natal, Please feel free to give us a call. He are happy to help with free quotations as well as advice. We even have a 24 Hour help line that’s available for advice, emergencies and problems that cant wait.