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Snake in my attic
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Shelley    Posted 08-29-2003 at 10:38:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We just bought this beautiful house in the country, but we discovered we have snakes in the attic. My husband managed to kill two that came down into the garage. They are black snakes. I heard another one this morning and I can't get anyone to come out to kill them (Orkin, Terminex), etc. Help, what kind of poison can I use, or traps??????


Stony Jim    Posted 08-29-2003 at 13:21:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
The snakes will leave when their food supply is gone. Had a rat problem here a couple years ago, then the snakes moved in and the rats are gone. Still have mice and chipmunks to feed them so they haven't left yet.


rhudson, better snakes th    Posted 08-29-2003 at 13:21:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
leave'm alone, when the rats are gone, they'll move on somewhere else.


Do like...    Posted 08-29-2003 at 13:17:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
the country folks do.....train em to do chores. :^)


Les    Posted 08-29-2003 at 12:26:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good grief! You're living in the wrong part of the world. No, never mind, stay where you are. We already got too many people up here.


Plenty of room...    Posted 08-29-2003 at 12:30:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
In Labrador I hear...

Salmoneye


toolman /nope    Posted 08-29-2003 at 15:39:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
govt.just gave it to the natives, opps pardon, first nations people.


ATW/WA    Posted 08-29-2003 at 11:22:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Shelley,

Follow the food chain, rodents have to eat so do snakes.
Personnaly,I'ld rather have the snakes than the rodents they're attracted to. Red has the right idea, maybe cats to keep the rodent population in check would reduce the snake population.
With fall fast approaching, I'ld concentrate on the rodent elimination. Come winter the snakes are going to seek out a place to hibernate and the rodents will have free run of the place.
Alex


Tom A    Posted 08-29-2003 at 11:16:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Leave 'em and learn to love 'em.

If you kill them you will have a rodent and other pest problem. I know that's not what you want to hear...my wife doesn't either. We have a couple of snakes she just doesn't know about. When she does finally see/hear one, I dutifully carry it outside and into the lower field and let it loose. The black snakes are harmless to you and your family, but are deadly to other creepy-crawlies.

tom
PS: welcome to the country! :-)


Red Dave    Posted 08-29-2003 at 10:48:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
The reason the snake is there is because there must be a ready supply of food, (rats, mice, etc.).
Eliminate the food supply and the snakes will leave. I know, easier said than done, but it's the only way I know of. You can kill all the snakes you have now, but if there is more food, more snakes will come for it.
We used to have snakes in the attic of our farmhouse all the time. I never saw one, but there were always snakeskins hanging there.


~Lenore    Posted 08-29-2003 at 11:46:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I see a lot of benifits to attic snakes.
I do not fear any snakes;
I do respect poisonous ones.
The others all serve a purpose
and I do not mind sharing the universe with them.
I have seen shed skins in my attic, too.
Once even saw one in the bottom kitchen cabinet,
we had a mouse problem.
The snake and the mice are gone now.
The snake left willingly, the mice did not.


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