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Import black snakes to get rid of copperheads?
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Patrick Gunn    Posted 09-10-2004 at 13:22:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have had a copperhead problem at our house in Virginia for a couple of years now, the young snakes come into our house, I kill 5 - 10 INSIDE my house every year. Yes they are copperheads. I have also killed adult copperheads outside of my house.

We have several large (5 - 6') black snakes around our house, but still have the copperhead problem.

Does anyone know where I can purchase black or king snakes, and turn them loose on my property? Is this a feasable idea?

tp    Posted 09-10-2004 at 14:45:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey now .
that would have me very paranoid ..
not scared of snakes but that is alarming ..
i did catch 2 hatchling cooperheads this spring
in almost the same place ..
20 feet from my house ...
the second one made me think about it ....

Peanut    Posted 09-10-2004 at 13:37:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Black snakes certainly kill copperheads but I would not rely on them 100%.

I have posted about the following product before. I have no affiliation to it ... I just like it.

Snake Away is a commercial product that looks like kitty litter but smells like really bad moth balls. It claims to be 98% effective to shoo away snakes. I had a copperhead problem in my barn bought this stuff and have not seen one for close to a year now.

It costs about $17 for a 4lb container. You sprinkle it as a perimeter and a broadcast. It screws up the snakes senses and the think they are being attacked so they boogie away somewhere else. If you use it, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised although your neighbor just may end up with a copperhead problem. The stuff lasts for about 3-4 months outdoors and about 6 months under roof.

Good luck.

PS ...    Posted 09-10-2004 at 13:38:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
You buy it at farm stores or on the internet. I found the suppliers on the internet to be much more expensive than my local Farm & Home.

- Peanut

egh    Posted 09-10-2004 at 13:35:24       [Reply]  [No Email]

Guineas will kill copperheads and eat ticks, and
if you were not so far away i would come over and
help you out. about the only way i know how to handle a out break of copperheads is to hunt them
out or catch and release to another area. i have done both before. i really hate to kill one but
you have way too many and that becomes a health
issue. i had a outbreak last year, and had to remove several and my guineas killed several. good luck. egh

tp    Posted 09-10-2004 at 15:08:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
speaking of guineas..
planted a few acres of pine seedlings a few
years ago now ticks are eating me up ....
what hatchery has the best prices and quality ?

ret    Posted 09-10-2004 at 18:42:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
We bought 29 from this hatchery last year, they came healthy and they have an outstanding variety. If you do buy some, get a mixture, we especially like the white ones. Have 6 in a pen right now about 4 weeks old. They do like bugs.

egh    Posted 09-10-2004 at 16:24:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
there are several hatcheries out there, but i
would suggest mcmurray.

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