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Old 08-09-2007, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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Ladybook,

The cat will eliminate the snakes food, mice. Here is a list of useful ways to keep snakes away:

Eliminate debris such as wood or rock piles on the property.
Cut down heavy brush or trim back hedges.
Seal small gaps under doors or decks, etc.
Use funnel type traps or glue board type traps along edges.
An extreme remedy would be a perimeter wide fence sloping outward at a 30 degree angle.
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Old 08-09-2007, 11:44 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Here's a site that sells more than one type of product. I didn't read up on all of them but one of them may work: Snake Repellents at ProvenRepellents.com (http://www.provenrepellents.com/products.php?catID=9 - broken link)

I used to work for a company that sold the "Snake Away" item. It was tested to work well on Rattlers, but I don't know if it ever got expanded to be proven to work on Copperheads.
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Old 08-09-2007, 10:00 PM
 
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Stick some mothballs in an old sock and crush them to powder. Sprinkle the powder around the perimeter of your yard - serves as a barrier to snakes. I bought some stuff from the store, opened it up and used it on the yard....know what it smelled like? You got it - mothballs. The smell is pretty obnoxious, but will dissipate in a day or two.
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Old 08-09-2007, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Home Limbo
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What is 7 dust?
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Old 08-10-2007, 08:56 AM
 
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Along the same lines as a cat, my brother has suggested that we get a pig to keep away the snakes (we've got rattlesnakes and coral snakes - among others). I Googled and there does, indeed, seem to be a good deal of validity to his "solution".
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:15 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Along the same lines as a cat, my brother has suggested that we get a pig to keep away the snakes (we've got rattlesnakes and coral snakes - among others). I Googled and there does, indeed, seem to be a good deal of validity to his "solution".
Um... those would be WILD pigs that eat snakes (not the cute pot bellied kind), and most folks wouldn't want wild pigs around their place any more than the snakes. LOL. Here's an online discussion about it: You've got to have a pig. [Archive] - Tilted Forum Project
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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What is 7 dust?
Sevin dust works on bugs. I don't think it will work on snakes.
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Old 08-10-2007, 06:01 PM
 
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I know that in the 1800's people used pigs to get rid of snakes. I agree you would not want any pigs that may turn wild on your property.
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:39 AM
 
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I have heard the moth ball theory as well. Make sure there are no snakes there first, otherwise you'll be keeping them IN the designated area, not out. Cats work great too but a good snake will keep rodents out. Copperheads aren't fun though. I'll bet your heart got racing on that one.
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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My grandfather raised pigs and his farm had a creek that ran by the pig barn. The grandkids would go with grandpa and our dads to watch them shoot the water mocassins. Grandpa said they were killing the piglets.
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