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Be aware of the dangers posed by Snakes and take steps to avoid them:

  • Snake bites caused by accidentally stepping on to a snake- especially if you are out walking in grassland or the bush - are nearly impossible to predict or prevent but by taking a few simple, but sensible precautions you can reduce the risk.
  • When walking around make plenty of noise to advertise your presence which will most likely cause the snake to move away
  • Wear strong boots or shoes and long trousers when walking in grassland
  • NEVER walk about barefoot – especially at night!
  • Avoid long grass and stick to paths and tracks as much as possible.
  • Use a long stick to ‘probe’ the ground ahead of you; be aware that snakes can ‘play dead’ so do not attempt to touch a snake that appears dead.
  • Walk in single file through long grass or the bush.
  • Use a long stick to ‘probe’ the Climb on to large rocks or logs in the pathway and step off them on to clear ground; these are favourite haunts for snakes.ground ahead of you; be aware that snakes can ‘play dead’ so do not attempt to touch a snake that appears dead.
  • Walk in single file through long grass or the bush.
  • Watch where you put your hands and NEVER put them down a hole.
  • Do not attempt to catch, kill or corner a snake.
  • Use a mosquito net at night and tuck it in tightly.
  • Never sleep on the ground unless you have a tent with an attached and built in ground sheet.
  • Always use a torch to light the ground ahead of you at night.
  • If you see a snake stand absolutely still and then slowly back away; remember that many snakes can strike up to half their length.
  • When entering garages, sheds, storerooms and other outbuildings open the door, light the internal area and visually check for snakes remembering that you will, in all likelihood, be blocking their exit and that this is when they can attack in defence.

Minimise the risks of Snakes living in your Garden

Before looking at ways to prevent snakes getting in to your house you should ensure that your garden is not a haven for snakes to take up residence because they would then be much more likely to make their way into your house, garage or any outbuildings you may have.

  • Long Grass is a favoured habitat of snakes so keep yours well mown.
  • Keep shrubs trimmed round their base and away from the house.
  • Ensure that branches of trees do not overhang your house or seating areas in your garden.
  • Regularly sweep up leaves and other garden debris.
  • Fill gaps, cracks and crevices in brick and stone walls.
  • Wooden decking in seating areas should be solid, rather than slatted, to prevent snakes climbing through it.
  • Be aware that play areas such as Wendy houses, Tree houses, sand pits etc are potential harbourages for snakes.
  • Compost heaps could potentially attract many different species of wildlife which, in turn, may become the prey of a snake. Ensure that your compost is made in a sealed and solid structure, preferably raised off the ground, and can be securely sealed against any wildlife but particularly rodents.

Proof your house against Snakes

How ‘snake proof’ is your house?

Are you aware that a snake, particularly the thinner ones, can get in to your home through a gap the size of a biro or pencil – as can a mouse! Also remember that snakes can swim and climb so carefully inspect your house, garage and all outbuildings.

You may purchase any number of DIY Products to help you seal any obvious entry points or Rentokil can survey your premises and advise you on proofing against entry by snakes – and rodents.

What to look for when inspecting your property:

  • Do you have screens on your windows and doors? Are there gaps around the frame or holes in the actual screening?
  • Do you have gaps under doors in & out of the house, garage doors, shed doors? If so, bristle or sealing strip can be an effective way to seal these.
  • Are there holes, cracks or crevices in the brick or plaster work of your house?
  • Are there any holes, cracks and crevices between patio areas or pathways and your house? – Drainage areas in patios are a perfect point of entry.
  • Is the gauge size of any grates covering your drains small enough to stop snakes going down it?
  • Make sure that there are no holes in your roof that snakes can get through - particularly if trees overhang your house.
  • Ensure Skirting boards do not have gaps under or behind them.
  • Seal all holes where wiring, plumbing or gas enters your home.
  • Cover gutters and drain pipes with fine gauge mesh.
  • If your home has wooden floorboards ensure that access to the floor space beneath them is sealed and that gaps between the boards themselves are filled.

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