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Jim    Posted 06-18-2002 at 09:44:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm right on the river and just purchased your average river house. As you can imagine, it is drafty and not well insulated. When I get the money I'm going to fix that, but until then I have to deal with the occasional bug and an abundance of spiders. Any suggestions other then pesticides, or bait. Also, I need to enter my crawl space, but I'm leary of that. Now don't laugh. If you had seen the size of the Wolf Spider that hangs out under there then you would be too. Any suggestions? Suggestions on keeping my area free of snakes would be helpful too. My dog was bit by a copperhead when I first moved in. The common species are copperheads and cottonmouth's.

Danny in CO    Posted 06-18-2002 at 12:40:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Guinia (sp?) fowl and geese are suposed to eat snakes. They also make good watch "dogs".

GusandEdie    Posted 06-18-2002 at 11:35:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
What your mother in law is in town too!!! Couldn't resist , have a good day.....

Gimpleg Fagon    Posted 06-18-2002 at 10:36:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I live in a snakey place, too. Keep the grass cut short around building and the house and etc. This time of year don't go outside bare foot. The snakes you mention are more active after dark when they hunt so when you go out side use a flash light and wear shoes/boots. Cotton mouths are water snakes and sometimes will climb trees and bushes around ponds and rivers etc. Copperheads like moist area, too. Don't stick you hands into places you can't see. Also, in my experience if you have mice you'll have snakes. Getting rid of mice really cuts down on the snakes. Snakes are much less active when the temp. is below 50 degrees F. USE pesticides to get rid of spiders and other bugs. Believe me, if you get bitten by a Brown Recluse spider you'll wish two Copperheads had bitten you, instead. Finally don't kill the non-poisonous snakes. Get a book on local snakes and learn to ID them. Check with your local County Extension Office, they can give you advice, too.

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