Garages are known for being full of useless things you refuse to get rid of. Every now and then you find something you don’t even remember putting in there. The one thing you never want to find is snakes. We’re going to help you spot the slippy slitherers and how to keep those terrifying trespassers out your garage.
5 Ways to Keep Snakes Away From Your Garage
- If you want snakes out of your garage, make sure they can’t get in. Do a thorough inspection of your garage and find every possible entry. Aside from the giant door in the front, there are some other ways a snake can enter your garage. Check your windows and for possible holes in your garage. Move everything from the walls and check for holes. If you find any, seal them with caulk or patch the drywall.
- You can also prevent them from having a place to hide in. Clean up all the debris and extra items in your garage. By removing clutter and items from the ground, it prevents the snakes from building a nest or a resting spot. Sweep frequently and, if you have the ability, mop as much as you can.
- Tend to the lawn area around the garage. If you keep plants and bushes down to a minimum, you can catch snakes before they come close to your garage. Snakes are just as afraid of you as you are of it. If you can keep your grass clear, snakes will not want to be exposed slithering around. They prefer to not be seen like you don’t want to see them.
- Keep unwanted pests out of your garage as well. Snakes do not eat as frequently as most animals but if there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet, they don’t have a reason to leave to search for food. Mice are a big meal for snakes. If you have a family of mice, yes, the snakes will help you keep it down but you will have more snakes and they’ll breed. It’s best if you just keep the predator and prey out of your stuff.
- Snakes do not have the best eyesight. Their vision is greatly enhanced by their ability to smell. If your garage has a strong odor, snakes are less likely to make it a home. Be careful with what you use to give your garage a smell because it can also deter your loved ones. You don’t want to have to smell like your garage all day. Examples of smells that snakes don’t like include: smoke, cinnamon, cloves, onions, garlic, and lime. You can also find plants to emit a snake prevention smell.
3 Signs of Snakes in Your Garage
- The first sign of a snake in your garage is seeing trails on the ground. If you have liquids in your garage and you see trails leading to places that don’t have any liquid, be careful. There may be a snake there. You can also see trails in other items like dust or dirt. Be observant and watch your feet.
- A nasty sign would the snake scat, better known as, poop. Snakes poop as often as they eat. So though you may not find a lot of poop, it is there and it is a sign. Snake poop looks like long pellets and has a bit of moisture around it. Similar to mice droppings but slightly bigger.
- The surest no excuse sign of a snake being in your garage is their skin. Snakes molt and shed skin all the time. Snakes molt about once a month when they’re young. As they get older, it becomes less frequent. If you see skin, put on some thick pants and boots and look for more signs of a snake.
Why do Snakes Stay in a Garage?
Snakes like forever homes just as you do. Snakes have a sleep period known as “brumation”. It’s where they ball up and basically hibernate during the cold times. They won’t sleep the entire time but it will be limited activity.
Garages are great for temperature control for snakes. In the winter, they provide snakes heat but in the summer they protect snakes from the heat. Snakes being cold-blooded means their actions are heavily dictated by their temperature. Humans aren’t cold-blooded but we naturally try to avoid extreme cold and heat too.
Snakes will move in when their homes are destroyed. If you live near a tree line or near the wilds, be wary of construction or foresting. Snakes having to move will lead them to the nearest home that provides shelter.
If your garage is dirty and you have other pests, snakes can feast in your garage. Because of their small appetites, snakes do not need much so you may not even know you have a problem. The snakes will be cleaning up your pests before you notice them.