: : Sorry to hear to hear you have similar
: problems. I'm still awaiting a reply
: from the site guy but not holding out
: much hope. Good luck with your snakes.
: I will be busy plugging foundation
: cracks and limiting "snake
: access" holes in an effort to get
: rid of these valuable, but unwanted
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: I am having the same problem. I just
: bought a house in Florida and a snake
: got in from somewhere. I need to get
: the snake out of my house before my cat
: kills it. What is the best way to do
: that? Its 4 feet long and black. I
: don't think its posionous but was
: wondering if it isn't posionous and it
: bites me while I'm trying to get it out
: of the house will it hurt?
: I also need finding a way to keep
: snakes out of my house. I can't figure
: out where it got in. How do they get
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: I recently purchased a very old house
: New York State (235 years old). I have
: found 2 3 foot snake skins (which
: appear to be Milk Snake Skins from very
: faint markings and their similarity to
: online pictures I've seen of living
: snakes). One was found in the attic
: and one in the basement. The house
: probably had a decent mouse population
: prior to my occupancy and the snakes
: probably found foundation cracks and
: holes to sneak in. Obviously I'll try
: to close up any openings to keep them
: out and their prey also. Is there any,
: less obvious way to keep these valuable
: creatures outside where I would prefer
: them; such as a known repellent, ect.
Sorry, I guess I am the "site guy".
I am also sorry that I don't have a lot of information on snake repellent - there just don't seem to be many products that actually work.
Snakes such as Milk Snakes can get in through very small holes. They can compress their rib cage very tightly, and can get in through the tiniest cracks. Mice are pretty good at this, especially the native Deer and White Footed mice, which are a major prey item for them, but Milk Snakes also eat other snakes (including small Rattlesnakes and Copperheads), lizards, small turtles, and reptile eggs.
The best thing to do seems to work on the foundation of the house, looking for any cracks, bad joints, or anything else. Also a good idea is to have someone do an infra-red photo of your house to see where you are losing heat. This will tell you where the holes are, and allow you to plug them up. It will save you money on heat, but will also serve to keep out invaders both mammalian and reptilian.
The Appalachian Naturalist