Rattlesnakes

CaligrowMay 10, 2012

In my top pasture I have several water tanks and all my pots. My tanks and pots are all leveled out, on sand, gravel, and wire meshing. While in the garden getting things ready, I have found several baby rattlesnakes,(I know they have parents somewhere) either way, how can I prevent them from living in "my" area? Ca State law requires fences, which I have already. I only grow using organic anything, so my question is, is there something that I can use to keep them away. Staking Onion, spraying ediable peppermint or something? I fear that one will bite me one day while I am ph ing my water or cleaning or working around a pot. At this point my only reaction is to kill them, I encourage for king and gardner snacks to hang around, but the mean ones no thank you. I care more for my life, my employees life, or even my dogs life, more then I do its. But again, I would prefer to find something that will detour them away. Anybody know of anything?

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

The only deterrent I am aware of is snake fencing. No plants or chemicals really deter snakes, no matter what folks might say. You may need to bury the fencing 6 inches into the ground, and make sure there are no small places where a snake can squeeze through. Check the fencing frequently for openings or breaks. Clear out wood piles. Trim up shrubs so they don't touch the ground (so you can see under them clearly). Close up holes under structures. Be sure to look in pots carefully before using them. Don't create piles of "stuff" where a snake could get under for cover. Remove rock piles, keep your grass or brush cut short. And, be sure to fill in rodent holes and burrows, as snakes often use them to sleep in, or seek out prey.

We had the same issue on our property, having found 4 large rattlers on our lot. I did put up snake fencing, but ended up trapped two of the rattlers inside. Hopefully we've found them all, and we have no more "surprises".

Lastly, you'll want to control your rodent population, so there's nothing for them to eat. They'll go elsewhere for their meal. This is their "activity" time - later winter and early spring - so be on the lookout for them. You'll have to try to trap the baby rattlers and either dispatch with them, or re-home them. If you can get them contained carefully, you can then call in a pest control person to get them off your property. I found out that no one is interested in coming out to help you unless you have them contained, first. Sort of defeats the purpose in my mind, that that was my experience.

Patty S.

Here is a link that might be useful: UC IPM: Rattlesnakes

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