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Old 06-29-2010, 11:02 AM
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I just about stepped on my second timber rattler in two weeks in my basement. Does anyone know of a snake repellent?

I built the house so there are no holes for them to get in that I should block (I know there has to be, but I can't find them and I did build it and did not leave any during construction).
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They might be there to prey on some mice or other rodents. Try some mouse traps and see if you get anything. If you do, I'd probably say that's the reason they're down there.
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http://icwdm.org/handbook/reptiles/RattleSnakes.asp
see if this helps
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You need a pet mongoose. Or maybe even a road runner.
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snakes in a mother****ing basement! :P
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Ya can try this. http://www.serpentguard.com/?gclid=C...FaJL5wodNWKhHw
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Got pics? You should post some. Also are they big enough for eating? I'm just curious.
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They are escaping the heat of the day. Until you find the entrance, you will have varmints on hot days.
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No snake repellant is made that works. Just keep looking for the entry way they use and plug it. Also do all you can to get rid of mice, etc. in and around the house and yard.

Rattlers are a problem in the basement, for sure. In our house in Missouri we had a cottonmouth give birth to several young in our garage. That was spooky for a few days. When I got transferred and we moved out, we found a 3 ft. snake skin in the basement behind some boxes stored there. Made the movers handle our stuff extra carefully.
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I think your best bet is to fight fire with fire. Get yourself a king snake and let him loose.
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snakes in a mother****ing basement! :P
Came here to say this, but you beat me to it.
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What about that tangle-wire I saw on a video here a while back? It was made to go around the perimeter of your yard to keep snakes out. I wonder if you could lay it around your basement and catch the snakes.

Basically, the snakes try to get through it and get stuck. They're supposed to stay stuck until you either find them still alive or you find them already dead.
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Cobras prefer to eat other snakes.....

Anyway, I have a wildlife removal business on the side and can tell you from experience that there is no snake repellent that works consistently.

Like others have said, you'll have to find the hole(s) and fill them. Time to go to the store and pick up a can or two of Great Stuff, and go hole hunting. Any hole bigger than a dime gets filled.
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You could get large glue traps made especially for snakes, but this will harm non-venomous snakes also. You can't remove the glue trap, that I know of, without killing the snake.

I have also seen a cardboard "snake box" which has a one-way entrance. Not sure I want to trust cardboad to a rattler though. The snakes will seek out the box for shelter.
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You could get large glue traps made especially for snakes, but this will harm non-venomous snakes also. You can't remove the glue trap, that I know of, without killing the snake.

I have also seen a cardboard "snake box" which has a one-way entrance. Not sure I want to trust cardboad to a rattler though. The snakes will seek out the box for shelter.
Yeah you can remove a snake from those without hurting it, vegetable oil will deactivate the glue.
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Try sulfur. I am not sure how well it works but it sure stinks.
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Both snakes were only about 18" long and I keep traps for mice without success. I also have not seen any signs of mice in the house, of course we have plenty of field mice outside. What really bothers me is mama or papa. I have seen them outside, about 6' long and a good 2 " in dia.


The last one is out in the drive, if it's still there tomorrow when I get back I'll take a picture.(No dinner on this one)
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Im sick and tired of these motherf***ing snakes in this motehrf***ing basement.
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I always thought Rattlers were the king of snakes but they aren't.

Black snakes and King snakes will often kill Rattlesnakes.

My grandmother used to keep a big black snake under her house... (that doesn't sound right does it?)

Anyway that snake killed every mouse, rat, snake, opossum, raccoon that came under the house.

She would send my uncle under the house every spring to make sure it was alive and he would dutifully catch it and bring it out to show her, and then put it back under the house.

Anyway I can just about guarantee you will not have a rattler problem if you put a black snake under there.
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We have black snakes, but I just can't put one in the basement.

And as far as the glue traps go, I won't even use them on mice (kill it, don't torture it to death)

I guess I am looking for that invisable hole.

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