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Does Lime Keep Snakes Away?

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6 Responses to “Does Lime Keep Snakes Away?”

  1. Kat Parks says:

    Like I’ve said to a few homeowners – either change your landscaping, reduce available food for rodents, reduce available hiding areas for rodents & snakes, or get a new yard 5-10 miles closer to downtown. If you want desert vistas out your back door, then you get desert dwellers whose homes you disrupted with your yard. They didn’t get the news that humans don’t share space well.

    The expectation too many people have is that the desert is beautiful but sterile, or that animals recognize intangible human boundries. Of course, the builders of these sprawling new neighborhoods should be educating every prospective homeowner that wildlife, including rattlesnakes, will come into the yard until such time as the sprawl has surpassed their property by several miles. Wouldn’t that be required in full disclosure?

  2. Bryan says:

    I can understand people not wanting rattlesnakes in their yard … I wouldn’t. We found a dead mojave in front of our driveway last summer, and I have to admit that it freaked me out a bit that the tables are turned. I think a lot of people that live in the desert do know how and do respect wildlife, but the information out there is just bad. Myths like lime or rope borders to keep snakes away don’t work and end up creating more fear than the initial issue, as many bits of misinformation do.

  3. R H Cooper says:

    I have a garden that Iwould like to keep snakes out of, but I realize that is a problem because we live on the edge of a lake. I read about an electronic snake repeller, which seems to be a humane way to keep snakes away. It is rahter expensive and I would like to know if there is a possibility that it might work before I spend $120 on what looks like a solar yard light.
    Thanks for any help you can give me. Please don’t put me on your list to send updates to – someone put a snake down my back as a kid and I just haven’t felt the same about either snakes or the person since!
    R H Cooper

  4. Bryan says:

    Well, the electric snake fence won’t work. Depending on where you live, you may not need to worry about snakes at all, as the majority of “water” snakes are completely harmless. If it’s just that you don’t ever want to see a snake … well, don’t move next to a lake.

    Keep your yard free of debris, hiding places, bird feeders that rodents can reach, rock piles, ponds, and any reason a snake might want to come visit.

  5. Wilson says:

    Fight club was LYE, not Lime. LYE is a strong base used to make soap. Lime is… well. Lime.

  6. Bryan says:

    Yup! You’re right, not sure what I was thinking. I’ll remove that line. Thanks.

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