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Mothballs/snakes
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SeaJ    Posted 06-07-2003 at 19:32:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
IS it true that moth balls repel snakes??? HAd a couple of snakes get ito our house and the b/f put out moth balls every where. Now it smells like an old person house. Yuck. But better than snakes. Just wondering if it was worth it.


Jim    Posted 11-22-2008 at 12:18:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We find snake skins in our unfinished grage spaces. The insulation under the flooring also at times is down with round wholes through it. The only solution I can find living in the country is to tighten up the house. I put plywood cutouts between the exposed wall studs to block them. I cover the underfloor insulation with plastic and have placed joist blocks at the end of each insulation bat. The are black snakes for sure and we do not have mice YEA! but still hate to go to the garage and work when it is not cold. "Sure I will meet one. The two that I DID see were 4-6 footers.


rosie    Posted 08-20-2007 at 19:57:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have snakes in my house any suggestions on how to get them out


TB    Posted 06-08-2003 at 14:09:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not sure if this will work but an old timer once said to spread Hydrated lime under and around the house several times in spring and summer. Aparently it would burn and thay would move on? Good luck


Tom A    Posted 06-08-2003 at 04:08:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had the same problem when we moved into this place some years back. Read some studies and they said that mothballs don't work, and even the commercial "snake repellents" are mostly not effective either.

We've had some success by doing several things: keeping tall grass and weeds away from the house foundation (they serve as shelters for snakes and attract them to the area; while they're hanging around the foundation, they eventually find their way in.); moving snakes we do find to the far end of the property (and across the road). This way, we've kept the population down but not gotten rid of them all (snakes are great rodent killers). After about a year of moving every snake we found and keeping the grass down, we've had none in the house and very few near the house.

Tom A


Willy-N    Posted 06-07-2003 at 21:52:23       [Reply]  [No Email]

I have heard of them working. This is the rattles on the end off a Rattle Snake that scared Shelby in the garden last year. It only did that once now it hangs on the wall! I hate having them come out of the veggies when you are picking them. This one was about 4 ft long and a Timber Rattler. Mark H.


Maggie/TX    Posted 06-07-2003 at 21:17:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
SeaJ, why not get a cat or two? They smell better than mothballs and are a lot cuter. :)


SeaJ    Posted 06-07-2003 at 21:51:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a cat. The first time a snake was in the house we spotted it at the same time and tripped all over each other trying to get way. hahaha.


walt    Posted 06-07-2003 at 20:21:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wife puts them in the garden every year. It does seem to work. Why not spread them around the outside of the house? Plus, they got to get in somehow. Look for openings, plumbing, electic, crawl space or basement? Remember, black snakes eat mice, and kill poisonous snakes. Don't kill them.


Clod    Posted 06-07-2003 at 20:48:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Remember .snakes are poison.They can easily grow to fifteen feet long in west Texas.Do not attempt to handle them.


SeaJ    Posted 06-07-2003 at 21:53:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
No Problem there. I see them and RUN.


Clod    Posted 06-08-2003 at 07:22:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
The ones you dont see are the ones that cause the troubles.Some years back I was looking up a tree at a squirell.(I never learned how to spell their name but looked at them all my life) Anyhow I had slip on shoes and thought I was stepping on a stick.But the stick was a big ole water moccasin,It had my shoe in its mouth with one tooth scratching my toe before I kicked both snake and shoe off.In my whole life that was the closesest to a snake bite I ever got.The snake never lived long enough to brag about it.


Clod    Posted 06-08-2003 at 12:27:38       [Reply]  [No Email]

Some hide in childrens playgrounds.


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