Opinion on snake repellents

Two days ago two of my miniature dachshunds were bitten several times by a huge rattler.......things were touch and go for awhile but todsay we brought both dogs home from the vet and they are doing fine. We have a large population of snakes (rattlers, cotton mouths and copperheads) in this area, but so far its only been rattlers that have come uip and around the house. They seem to like this land as its hot, sandy, hardwoods and pines, lots of birds, squirrels etc and out in the country........there is no trash piles or other junk arund to attract them, and all things normally storewed outside is moved around a lot, or stored off the ground........Its just a heaven for snakes......with environment and location.
So after quite an expensive bill and not having any more ideas to keep snakes at bay, the wife was wanting to try this product called snake away.........I am kind of skeptical. Anyone have any experience withthis product or other snake repellents? I know for a fact the old sulphur powder repellent did not work at all. Thanks
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I dont think there is anything you can put down to repel snakes...mothballs....other things I have heard...just dont work.
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The cowboys used to place a hair rope (lariat) around their bed roll. The belief was/is that a snake will not cross over a hair rope.
In south Texas many people used to keep Indigo snakes as they kill only snakes and the belief was/is they keep other snakes away.
Supposedly pigs and turkeys are good at killing and eating snakes. ______________________________ Keep the whole world singing . . . . DanG (remove the sevens) snipped-for-privacy@7cox.net
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snipped-for-privacy@invalid.invalid says... :) So after quite an expensive bill and not having any more ideas to keep :) snakes at bay, the wife was wanting to try this product called snake :) away.........I am kind of skeptical. Anyone have any experience :) withthis product or other snake repellents? :)
The ingredient is Naphthalene, same as moth balls and is supposedly an effective product. I have heard of a number of exterminators that have success using it, though I am not sure if it is effective as an open air barrier or just good to keep them out of semi enclosed areas such as under decks or in storage sheds. Snakes are supposed to be extra sensitive to the vapors.
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I will take the cash and do as well of a job getting rid of buzzers.
Rattlers do not like light, they do not like noise. Noise makes it hard for them to hunt. I had a client in Carefree AZ that had this problem. I put 500 watt quartz lights by all of the doors, pointing down. Except when the buzzers were warming themselves on the concrete in the fall the lights eventually had them move away. His wife would leave the quartz lights on most of the night. You could walk out at night and the buzzers were at the edge of the light looking for rodents.
Create a walled area for your pets. Call around locally and see if anyone has a training facility for dogs. I suggest that you drop the dog off and not watch. I took a golden in for this training. They used diamond backs that were defanged. Dog got bit 30 times before he got the message. Was not a cheap afternoon. Then I got to take him into the vet and get the bites cleaned so he would not get infected.
Call your local ag office for suggestions. REMEMBER you moved into their world. Eventually they will pull away from your home proper. They sure as hell do not understand property lines.
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On Thu, 11 May 2006 16:59:47 -0700, SQLit wrote:

Snakes can't hear airborne sounds. They have no external ears.
Predators, snakes included, will be attracted to light, if their prey is attracted to light.
The only reliable way to be rid of predators is to be rid of their prey. You pretty much have to make the ground bare, so there is no place for the prey, or the predators, to hide.
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I see no reason to get rid of non-poisonous snakes. It is beyond me why so many folks are afraid of snakes. We have large (6 foot) black snakes in our backyard; they eat rats, mice, moles, and copperheads. I have seen a product called "Snake Away" sold in the garden department at the BORG or Lowes. Hawks eat snakes.
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On Sat, 13 May 2006 11:29:18 GMT, Phisherman wrote:

I agree. I have a small colection inside my house. Caged. Fascinating animals.
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I've used it on an unknown type of snakes and the snake away seems to work.

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TCB er ah TCC Taking Care of Carol wrote:

Trade your dachshunds for cats.
Cats are about the same size but don't try to bother rattlesnakes. Cats will also make a significant dent in your rodent population; the snakes will then look elsewhere for food. (I bet you thought you had snakes just because they liked you.)
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Then you can import some boa constrictors to get rid of the stray cats :o)
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Cats make a dent in every other population but rats. They will kill all the baby birds, rabbits and other aniumals that compete with rats for food but in the end it will just be the rats that can out-screw a cat's ability to kill them. Rats expand to fill the food supply, pretty much overcoming the ability of predators to stop them.
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