Question: How can we reduce the chance of snakes in our landscape?

Answer: If you live in an area where snakes are still present, near open native land, for example, you probably are going to have an occasional snake. Learn which types are poisonous beforehand, then leave the others alone to do their beneficial work. Beware of any piles of lumber, sheet metal or other cozy spots where snakes might spend their hours. Move those materials with a hoe prior to putting your hands near them. Some people are concerned that groundcovers might encourage snakes, but you’re just about as likely to have them beneath shrubs and in turf areas as you are in the ivy or mondograss. Cats are great repellents, too. If you enjoy cats, you’ll be happy for their good services in keeping your property snake-free.

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