Snakes in yard

I have been seeing a lot of garter snakes in my yard as of late. They always go down into hole (old gopher holes I think). Any one know of a deterrent to get them out of the yard. By the way I have not seen a gopher yet this year so I am guessing that they have all been eaten.

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Get rid of the holes and any debris in the yard for snakes to hide in or under.  keep your grass short, and eliminate any brush or wood piles.  As far as snakes vs gophers, the snakes would be the lesser of the two evils as far as damage to property goes.  And they keep the mouse population down, don't think garter snakes are big enough to take on gophers or p-dogs though.

there's also this stuff, which I havn't heard from any reliable sources that it actually works, but if it helps you sleep at night.

tongs.com/snake-a-way.aspx

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In a very ventilated area outside mix bleach and ammonia, it gives of very toxic fumes so don't inhale it.  Pour mixture down hole.  No more snakes.  I have done this twice in my own yard as we have had two different garter snake dens and my wife is deathly afraid of snakes.  Ammonia and bleach combine to form hydrocloric acid.
The second time I did it I just poured the bleach in the hole first and then the ammonia to be a little safer.  Worked like a charm both times.

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What's wrong with having garters around?

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 My father used to have a Lab that loved to kill snakes.   He had a garter snake den in the yard and every spring the Lab would just sit there and wait for them to come out. 

I don't see what the big problem is with having them around though.

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We had an issue this spring with garters in our retaining wall  and tried the sticky mouse pads in the rat size (4X6).  Bought them at wallyworld for 2@ 2.89.  Placed them next to the wall or natural sunning spots and really cleaned house.  Snakes liked to be next to the wall and crawled on the pads.  The most I had on one pad was 4 at a time.  Used mechanic latex gloves to keep the sticky junk off of me and removed the snakes and reused the traps.  The count this spring is 29.  This works.  Good luck.

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My daughter loves garter snakes and picks up every one she sees.  She doesn't mind the smell she gets on her hands either.  I'm so proud of her!!  Her favorite fish is the bullhead too! 

I like having garters around.  I could care less where they go, as long as it's not in the house.

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cootkiller 1 Said:
In a very ventilated area outside mix bleach and ammonia, it gives of very toxic fumes so don't inhale it.  Pour mixture down hole.  No more snakes.  I have done this twice in my own yard as we have had two different garter snake dens and my wife is deathly afraid of snakes.  Ammonia and bleach combine to form hydrocloric acid.
The second time I did it I just poured the bleach in the hole first and then the ammonia to be a little safer.  Worked like a charm both times.

cootkiller

Thats mustard gas. Don't do that.

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Nothing wrong with having some garter snakes or bull snakes, etc. around. If they are there they are probably finding something to eat and I'd rather have the snakes around than whatever it is they are eating. I would say leave them alone.

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