How to Get Rid of Black Snakes

How to Get Rid of Black SnakesThere are fewer things that might be creepier than a snake playing hide-and-seek on your property, especially a couple of feet long black one. Although most of them are non-poisonous and inoffensive to humans, allowing them on your premises is simply a no-no.

You aren’t the only one wondering how to get rid of such black snakes. A huge population of us is uninterested in a snake-human encounter. We have a couple of solutions to help you prevent these scary creatures from showing up unannounced in your house.

Ready? So, dive in.

Some Facts about Black Snakes

Black snakes are found on every continent. They are termed “black snakes” due to the colour of their skin. Only a handful of them are poisonous.

Black rate snake — also known as a black pilot snake, the western rat snake or simply black snake — of species Colubridae is non-poisonous. It is common in central North America. They are usually 4 feet long but can grow to a disturbing 6 – 8 feet in length.

They are shy and prefer to eat rats, mice, lizards, frogs, bird eggs and small mammals.

However, when threatened, they might get snappy and attack.

An interesting fact is that they rattle their tail, fooling the attacker into believing that it’s a venomous rattler.

What Attracts a Snake to Your House

Snakes are least interested in human company. If they show up on your doorstep every once in a while, then definitely your house contains something they find irresistible.

Here are some of the things that bring snakes to your house or yard.

  1. Most species of snakes love to eat rats, mice, moles, frogs, bird eggs or small mammals. Thus, where there’s food, there will be snakes.
  2. Snakes like to settle in houses where there are holes, gaps/cracks in foundations, walls, vents, drain holes. These are some of the favourite residing spots of snakes.
  3. Woodpiles, scrap piles, rock piles, heaps of fallen leaves, compost piles, overgrown grass, shrubbery or weeds also offer snakes refuge. Dense shrubbery also attracts rodents, giving a strong reason to snakes to visit the premises.
  4. Water puddles or birdbaths in the garden attract reptiles. Excessive moisture around the house attracts species that snakes love to feed on.
  5. Hen coops and birdhouses attract snakes like moths to a flame because of the eggs.

Remedies to Get Rid of Black Snakes

There are some tricks that can allow you to minimize snake intrusion, including black snakes. Before we start, know that contacting a professional exterminator or pest control company is the safest way to get rid of all kinds of snakes.

Target Snakes’ Food Sources

As stated earlier, snakes feed on rodents, slugs, moles, amphibians and a variety of insects. Your priority should be to target anything that is keeping their tummies full. Control the pest problem to ensure your house doesn’t contain a food supply. Resultantly, snakes will go somewhere else, to more food-rich grounds.

Erase Potential Hiding Spots

Cracks in foundations, walls, vents, drain holes and holes in a yard provide favourable shelter to snakes. These places offer them safety from predators. Survey your premises every once in a while for possible snake hideouts. Make repairs to erase all these cracks and crevices that provide shelter to snakes.

Snakes can crawl through the tiniest spaces. Make sure there aren’t any crawl spaces under the doors or windows. Gaps in vents and drains are other vulnerable spots. Cover them with screens to keep snakes out.

Rearrange the Landscape

Landscaping rocks and dense shrubbery enhance the aesthetic appeal of your house. The downside is that they also offer perfect harborage to snakes. Furthermore, tall grass and unruly shrubbery are also favourites of rodents and insects. Again, food sources of snakes. Rearrange your landscape in a manner that makes it lose appeal for snakes.

Remove Piles of Things from Outdoors

Leaf piles, woodpiles, rock piles, heaps of compost and debris in your yard or near your house allow snakes to camouflage there. Not to mention they make your premises messy.  Keep your outdoors clean and tidy to eliminate snakes’ favourite hangout spots.

Remove Wet Areas

Snakes love to linger in moist and cool areas. Standing water also attract rodents and pests. Do whatever you can to dry puddles of standing water from the premises, including birdbaths. Also, address leaky faucets and drainage issues for the same reasons.

Protect Outdoor Pets

Snakes view bunnies, bird eggs and hen eggs as convenient meals. Secure your rabbit hutch, chicken coop and birdhouse, if you’ve any, against predators like snakes.

Moreover, feed your pets indoors and keep pet food out of snakes’ reach, probably in airtight jars.

Use Snake Repellents

You can take help from snake repellents, either natural or chemical, to force the serpents to flee. Regular use of sonic or odour-based repellents prevents them from coming back. While using chemical repellents, make sure the product is environment-friendly.

You can also use snake traps to capture the culprits and remove them from the premises. Transport them to a suitable habitat a couple of miles away from your neighbourhood.

Furthermore, snake repellent plants are another good strategy for deterring snakes. A barrier of these prevents snakes from venturing into your territory.

Snake-proof Fencing

Consider snake-proof fencing all around the outdoors. It is one of the most reliable methods to keep snakes out.

You can also spread hard-to-crawl-over materials, such as pine cones, eggshells, rock chips, or rose bush clippings, around the areas you don’t want snakes to invade.


The majority of black snakes are passive and non-venomous. But, their sheer size makes them terrifying intruders. They venture into your building when it offers them suitable living conditions. The guide we shared above will help you focus on the facts that make your house vulnerable to snakes. You can survey your property to eliminate all these elements to get rid of snakes.

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Clinton Newman

Clinton Newman is a blogger, who loves Hiking and Hunting Adventures. He's a passionate traveler. He made many hiking adventures in the past. He traveled Forests, Deserts, and Mountains. Now, he's guiding other Hiker to travel safely through this blog by reviewing top best picks gears for safety.