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How to keep snakes away from your home

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 and garage outbuildings.

You may purchase any number of DIY Products to help you seal any obvious snake entry points or Ehrlich Pest Control can inspect your premises and advise you on proofing against entry by snakes.


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'Proof' your home against snakes

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, weather stripping can be an effective way to seal these.
  • Are there are 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 base 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.

Minimize the risks of snakes living in your yard

Before looking at ways to prevent snakes getting in to your house you should ensure that your yard 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 or garage you may have.

  • Long Grass is a favored habitat of snakes so keep yours well mowed.
  • 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 yard.
  • Stack your wood on a suitable platform – such as a pallet – off the ground.
  • Regularly sweep up leaves and other debris in your yard.
  • 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, tree houses, sand pits, etc. are potential harborages 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 rats and mice.


Ehrlich technicians are skilled, experienced professionals – they are state certified, licensed applicators and are required to participate in regular training programs to maintain their expertise. They understand the habits of each species and use that knowledge when developing a control program for your home. They also have respect for you, your home, your family and your time.

At Ehrlich Pest Control, we pride ourselves on fast, responsive service every day. We are always available 24 hours a day for any emergency pest concerns that may develop and all appointments are scheduled at times that are convenient for you our customer. If you would like further advice or to arrange a free pest inspection by an Ehrlich technician, call us free at 800-837-5520.

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