Eliminating Snakes From Wooded Area

Q: How effective are mothballs and sulfur for keeping snakes from your property? A wooded area behind my home is in the process of being developed. How can I keep snakes from invading my area when construction starts?

A: Jason Clark, snake expert at Southeastern Reptile Rescue (SnakesAreUs.com) says the best thing to do is to eliminate hiding places. Low plants like English ivy, juniper, monkey grass and others don’t necessarily attract snakes but when they do wander through your landscape low growing vegetation makes for easy concealment. Keep plants on your property line cut low in summer and mow the lawn nearby. Use pine chip mulch instead of straw around shrubs. Remove piles of stones, firewood or lumber. Snakes will likely keep on going when they enter such an uninviting environment.