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How to Get Rid of Rat Snakes

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how to get rid of rat snakes

the many varieties of ratsnake are not

poisonous in the US the most common rat

snake is the black rat snake

but if rat snakes are unwelcome ensure

that your home and yard is unattractive

to them rat snakes are attracted to any

area that has rodents and insects their

main source of food unlike many other

snakes rat snakes tend to stay still

when a person walks up to them according

to Davidson College things you'll need

broom or rake bucket at least 5 gallons

large large burlap sack work gloves

place a damp large burlap sack near

where the rat snake is known to be

hiding snakes often seek out hiding

places and burlap sacks are ideal

according to Colorado State University

Extension check regularly to see whether

the snake is in the sack if so put on

work gloves pick up the sack and dump

the snake outside

although rat snakes are not poisonous

they can bite seal up any openings

around the rat snakes former den if the

snake needs to be moved immediately go

to step 2 take a broom or rake and sweep

the snake into a large bucket preferably

one more than five gallons large take

the rat snake outside and release then

seal up the den eliminate all food

sources for rat snakes to prevent them

from returning clean up food spills get

rid of tall grass leaf piles and stone

piles trim bushes and shrubs so the

leafs do not hug the ground because this

creates a hiding place for both rodents

and rat snakes seal all cracks or

openings and basements windows or under

decks tips warnings

no reliable black rat snake repellents

are available

according to Colorado State University

Extension rat snakes often produce a

foul odor when they are threatened this

smell is harmless black rat snakes will

shake the ends of their tails in a good

imitation of a rattlesnake never

approach or remove a wild snake unless

you are positive it is not venomous

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