How to Get Rid of Snakes in a Garden


Snakes are an important part of our ecosystem and they may be beneficial to your garden. Snakes eat rodents and other small animals that might be feeding on your favorite flowers and vegetables. Before you get rid of the snakes in your garden, determine what kind of snakes you have. Most snakes are harmless, but some are poisonous. If you do have a poisonous snake in your garden, call your exterminator rather than getting rid of it yourself.

Step 1

Remove piles of debris, wood, rocks or junk. Remove tall grasses, overgrown shrubs and any other places where snakes may be residing. Also, keep your lawn mowed.

Step 2

Remove or deter what is attracting the snakes, which is usually rodents. Keep your outdoor space sanitized. For example, keep the trashcan lid on tightly and clean up any spilled food or leftovers from your pets. These measures will deter rodents from your space. Set up rodent traps, if desired. Follow package instructions for safe handling.

Step 3

Set up glue board traps to capture the snakes. Place them where you have previously seen the snakes, such as along your house or fence. Note that you may inadvertently catch other outdoor critters as well, such as rodents, pets and other small animals.

Step 4

Wear disposable work or rubber gloves and pick up the glue board (away from the snake's head) and take it somewhere to be released, such as in a meadow or in the woods.

Step 5

Hold the trap away from you with a stick or long tongs and spray cooking spray or pour vegetable oil over it to release the snake.

Things You'll Need

  • Glue board snake traps
  • Gloves
  • Tongs or long stick
  • Cooking oil


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Who Can Help

  • Poisonous Snakes
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Melissa Lewis has been a professional writer since 2005. Her work has appeared in various online publications. A former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist, Lewis is also a script writer, with a movie script, "Homecoming," she co-wrote currently in production. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.