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  • Snakes in / around the house

    So...the lady who owns the farm I'm buying tells me..."every year we have one little baby snake in the basement"...does that freak you out? Ummmm....YES!!!!

    I hate snakes....and the other day when I was walking around the property, I went to walk down the outside back staircase...until I saw a rather large snake coming out of the drain pipe...I think that will forever freak me out now! lol...I will be wanting to put wire or something over the drain holes so he can't get in...I think it was a garter snake...

    At that point I discontinued my walk around the property....I have not looked at the dryer vent or the attic area for outside entrances...

    Can you tell me where to look that they might be getting in the house? I do have 3 cats and they will most likely have their litter box and food in the utility room which is unfinished...the washer and dryer is in the family room area which is finished and she's got a roommate who lives down there and he doesn't seem to be bothered.

    I'm hoping once the dogs are in the yard on a regular basis that they will be less visible, but I still don't like it...lots of trees in the yard too...I hate the thought of trying to get rid of htem as I know they are good and eat mice and such...but I don't want those visitors in my eyesight...

    How do you deal with them?
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    Unless they are poisonous varieties ignore them. The non-poisonous ones are harmless and do a world of good in rodent control. Part of country living.
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    • #3
      Oh that's nothing. My parents have a farm and old old farm house they rent out. Inbetween renters we went to the house to check out a water leak in the basement. So we go into the basement via outdoor entrance. The electric is turned off so we go in with the flashlights to locate the leak. Water on floor found so we shine the lights up and what do we see? At least 100 shedded snake skins hanging from the rafters. And by this point we're on the other side of the room from the 'out' door. It was aweful. I couldnt' get out fast enough and hairs still stand up on the back of my neck just thinking about it.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by back in the saddle View Post
        Oh that's nothing. My parents have a farm and old old farm house they rent out. Inbetween renters we went to the house to check out a water leak in the basement. So we go into the basement via outdoor entrance. The electric is turned off so we go in with the flashlights to locate the leak. Water on floor found so we shine the lights up and what do we see? At least 100 shedded snake skins hanging from the rafters. And by this point we're on the other side of the room from the 'out' door. It was aweful. I couldnt' get out fast enough and hairs still stand up on the back of my neck just thinking about it.
        I don't understand why you didn't have a heart attack!
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        • #5
          Get some guineas. They love to kill snakes.
          "Rock n' roll's not through, yeah, I'm sewing wings on this thing." --Destroyer
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          • #6
            kinnip, do they really? Guineas are better at snake killing than chickens or geese?
            save lives...spay/neuter/geld

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            • #7
              Originally posted by fivehorses View Post
              kinnip, do they really? Guineas are better at snake killing than chickens or geese?
              Seriously? Chickens kill snakes?
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              • #8
                I HATE SNAKES STILL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SORRY SHORT VENT

                I HATE SNAKES STILL !!!!!!!!!!

                SORRY ,, SHORT VENT !!!
                Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                • #9
                  Gineas and road runners think they are in heaven when pestering snakes, makes their day.

                  Who remembers an early nature film of two roadrunners killing a rattler, some, oh, 40 years ago?
                  That was filmed on our front yard.
                  This may be part of it:

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc5jkqPIS_M

                  The fellow from one local TV station came out to film it and made a documentary of it.

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                  • #10
                    Most snakes that you encounter are most likely harmless. I found this handsome fellow while walking the dog yesterday: (for ZuZu ;-) https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/se...295.1685723434
                    It would be a mistake to put wire over the drain pipe...you'll most likely get water backing up somewhere if you do. Get a book about snakes local to your area and familiarize yourself with the ones that may be dangerous. Ignore the rest, they are all certainly more afraid of you then you are of them.
                    Geese hate snakes, I haven't seen a chicken yet that would kill a snake but my goose could tear one up. Don't know about guineas. If you have JRT or similar breed he will most likely enjoy dispatching the snakes for you, however, if you have rattlers you'll have to discourage the dog from going after snakes.
                    "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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                    • #11
                      I've walked up on about 8-9 guineas pecking the sense out of a 5 ft snake. They just took turns pecking its head. The poor thing couldn't even move away. That was about two years ago, and it was the last time I saw I snake in our very wooded yard. There's a fella in Roopville who buys about 50 guineas every couple of years to keep the rattlesnake population in check.
                      "Rock n' roll's not through, yeah, I'm sewing wings on this thing." --Destroyer
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                      • #12
                        Thank You PRS ~ didn't scare me as I am not on facebook

                        Originally posted by PRS View Post
                        Most snakes that you encounter are most likely harmless. I found this handsome fellow while walking the dog yesterday: (for ZuZu ;-) https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/se...295.1685723434
                        It would be a mistake to put wire over the drain pipe...you'll most likely get water backing up somewhere if you do. Get a book about snakes local to your area and familiarize yourself with the ones that may be dangerous. Ignore the rest, they are all certainly more afraid of you then you are of them.
                        Geese hate snakes, I haven't seen a chicken yet that would kill a snake but my goose could tear one up. Don't know about guineas. If you have JRT or similar breed he will most likely enjoy dispatching the snakes for you, however, if you have rattlers you'll have to discourage the dog from going after snakes.
                        Thank You PRS but but I'm not on Facebook ....TG !
                        Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                          #13
                          I actually don't want to get rid of the snakes...just a friendly agreement with them that they stay out of my house and out of my sight! LOL....

                          How are the little ones getting in is what I'm concerned about?? And I would hope with addition of dogs and cats to the farm, perhaps I wouldn't see them as much? I know we have them at my current farm and I see the skins on things...but out of sight, out of mind...

                          I just don't understand why he'd want to be in the drain??

                          Another solution for those back stairs since its a covered walkway down to the basement, is that I could screen it in once I knew the snake was out...it would help with the rain water down there and keeping the leaves out too...she is not too tidy with sweeping and keeping it clean...
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                          • #14
                            They sell naphta crumbles as "Snake Away", a product developed as a snake repellent by the University of WI a few years ago.
                            Most feed stores around here sell that.

                            You sprinkle those crumbles around your basement, garage, yard, whatever you want to keep snake free and any snake that slithers up to that becomes dizzy and retreats quickly and so no more snakes in the garage, basement, yard, etc.

                            Many times snakes just come to places there are mice traces, so if you have snakes up a drain pipe, you probably had mice up that first.

                            Try to keep rodents out and snakes won't be too interested.

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                              #15
                              Oh...I like the snake crumbles idea....but is it toxic to dogs or cats? I could def keep my dogs out of the basement stairwell by putting up a baby gate, but not sure about cats....right now my cats are all indoor kitties, however, I may get a barn cat or two when I get there (we have kittens at our current farm so if they get tamed, may take one or two)...and one of my cats is currently trying really hard to get outside, so he may become an indoor / outdoor cat if I can't contain him...he's becoming quite quick...but that is another subject...
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                              • #16
                                Snakes are your friends. They eat rodents and bugs. Don't hate on the snakes!
                                I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry

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                                • #17
                                  We don't have many snakes near the house, but we had a few when our wood pile was very close to the house - along with a few other less than desirable critters.
                                  But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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                                  • #18
                                    knightrider: If a seller told me they had seen a snake, let alone INSIDE the house, I would have ran away screaming and arms flailing. I WOULD NOT have bought the house.

                                    Zu Zu: Good thing you don't have FB. I accidentally clicked on the link too fast before realizing it was probably a pix of a snake. Yep. My bad.

                                    PRS: Did you actually TOUCH that snake? It looks as though your hand is awfully close to it? I only looked at the pix with my feet underneath me on top of my chair. Now I'm too scared to get down.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by kinnip View Post
                                      I've walked up on about 8-9 guineas pecking the sense out of a 5 ft snake. They just took turns pecking its head. The poor thing couldn't even move away. That was about two years ago, and it was the last time I saw I snake in our very wooded yard. There's a fella in Roopville who buys about 50 guineas every couple of years to keep the rattlesnake population in check.
                                      Completely OT, but you know where Roopville is??? I love Roopville. I went to school there for 6-8th grade and that was probably the happiest place I have ever lived, problems and all. I still dream about that farm....
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                                      She may not have changed the stars from their courses, but she loved a good man, and she rode good horses….author unknown

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                                      • #20
                                        My cats catch the little ones, bring them into the house, and then let them go... A lightweight plastic bowl to drop over the top of them and a stiff manilla file folder to slide under the bowl are your friends.

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