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Snakes need cover for protection. Don’t leave wood or brush piles sit in one spot for more than a month.
Keep leaves and other debris picked up.
Don't keep piles of rocks.
Stack firewood on a rack 12" off ground.
Remove old lumber or junk piles.
Remove their source of food. Keep insect and rodent population under control.
Place garbage bags in sealed trash cans away from house.
Repair cracks along foundation and fill holes around pipes. Snakes only need about a ¼ inch crack to get inside.
Sprinkle moth balls around perimeter of your yard or garden. But beware that these can be dangerous to pets and children.
Sulfur from a garden center is said to keep snakes away.
Don't plant bushes and other plants too close to foundation of house.
Use mulch in garden beds but not too thickly.
Trim lowest limbs on shrubs and bushes so they are at least 12 inches from ground.
Construct a fence around your garden with heavy galvanized screening. Make it three feet wide with quarter-inch mesh. Be sure to bury bottom of it six inches below soil surface.
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