How to Buy Sulfur to Get Rid of Snakes
Snakes offer many benefits, one of which is killing rats and rodents. Unfortunately, the snakes themselves sometimes get out of control and become pests. There are many different type of devices and poisons designed to get rid of snakes. One solution that can be used is applying sulfur powder which repels the snakes because they do not like the smell. Sulfur should not be applied in large amounts since it stays in the soil and will inhibit plant growth.
Watch the yard carefully for two or three days to determine which areas the snakes are living in. This will allow you to treat only that area instead of the whole yard. Most snakes sleep during the middle of the day and come out in early morning or at dusk.
- Snakes offer many benefits, one of which is killing rats and rodents.
- One solution that can be used is applying sulfur powder which repels the snakes because they do not like the smell.
Remove any water sources from the area such as barrels full of water or bird baths. These provide drinking water for the snakes and will make them stay longer.
Purchase sulfur in powdered form at a home improvement store or garden center. The sulfur is located in the pest control section.
Open the sulfur and spread it in a line around the area where there is the most snake activity to create a barrier. The line should be approximately 6 inches wide and stretch around the area where you do not want the snakes to come.
Rid Of Snakes
The truth is, snakes don't want to see you any more than you want to see them. Instead, opt for safe snake control methods that have been proven effective. Store firewood piles as far from your home as possible and place them on a rack at least 12 inches off the ground. Snakes eat small rodents, slugs and insects, so making your lawn less appealing to these critters also makes it less appealing to snakes. Many of the animals snakes feed on hide in the same landscaping features as the snakes themselves, so cleaning up your lawn actually serves two purposes. Look for cracks and fissures as well as places where plumbing pipes and electrical wires enter your home. First, verify that the snake is not venomous. Venomous snake scales remain undivided while nonvenomous varieties have divided scales on their tail that resemble a herringbone pattern. If you're not sure whether or not the snake is venomous, leave it alone rather than take the risk. Remember that even nonvenomous snakes bite. Snake-proof fencing consists of 1/4-inch mesh wire. It extends six inches into the ground and stands 30 inches above it. When installing a snake fence, you must also remove any adjacent tall shrubs or trees that could allow the snake to circumvent the fencing. You can save money by installing your own snake fence.
- Remove any water sources from the area such as barrels full of water or bird baths.
- The line should be approximately 6 inches wide and stretch around the area where you do not want the snakes to come.
- Look for cracks and fissures as well as places where plumbing pipes and electrical wires enter your home.
You will need to reapply the sulfur after periods of heavy rain.
- Interesting Animals: How To Get Rid Of Snakes
- Critter Controllers: How To Get Rid Of Snakes In Your Yard
- National Pesticide Information Center: Snakes In and Around the House
- NC State University Cooperative Extension: Snake Control
- Penn State Extension: Snakes
- University of Florida IFAs Extension: Dealing With Snakes in Florida's Residential Areas—Preventing Encounters
Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.