Best way I've found yet to deal with snake problems!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Elwood Lightfoot, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. navychick

    navychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I put an egg in it last night just for kicks and set it by the back door. Before I had a chance to place it it my infested area we got hit by a thunderstorm. This morning I went out to place it and it looks like I caught my bait, a frog. Hope it works!
     
  2. epeavey1

    epeavey1 Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you get the snakes out of the minnow traps? Especially if it is a copperhead don't want to touch any snake!! [​IMG] Thanks Ellen
     
  3. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sent this to my friend who is a snake expert. She said this:

    Yes, this is a really good way to catch snakes humanely (and safely). You don't need to bait them (notice that they caught copperheads, which do not eat eggs, so they were not attracted by the eggs). They tend to crawl along the sides of buildings, etc., so if you just put the traps along the buildings (and block the gap between the trap and the edge of the building), the snake will simply crawl up into the trap, and then can't find the exit. They will work their way around the edges trying to get out, and won't "think" to go up in the air to look for the hole. Researchers who study snakes make traps that are similar to this to catch their study animals. Sometimes you'll get small rodents and large spiders in there too.

    She also said I should probably get some of these traps when my chickens start laying as I probably have snakes around anyway due to the horse feed and stuff; although if i catch a large spider, it's going straight to the chickens for disposal!!!​
     
  4. epeavey1

    epeavey1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay this is good but how do you get the snakes out of the trap to get rid of them?[​IMG]
     
  5. Stingrayg4

    Stingrayg4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just ordered a minnow trap so I can try this. In response to those who are asking how to get the snake out of the trap, my intention is to shoot them with a .22 snake shot round and then take them out of the trap.

    -S
     
  6. alpacatex08

    alpacatex08 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for this idea; rat snakes live here and have not been pests, but when they are, I will be ready..... [​IMG]
     
  7. hlf1996

    hlf1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:She also said I should probably get some of these traps when my chickens start laying as I probably have snakes around anyway due to the horse feed and stuff; although if i catch a large spider, it's going straight to the chickens for disposal!!!

    Ewww... I HATE spiders!!! Snakes dont bug me.. but spiders *shivers* [​IMG]
     
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  8. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have a very good idea. I never would have thought of the minnow traps. I usually look in my coops and fetch my gun if i spot a snake. Thanks for the neat idea!
     
  9. SuperChiks

    SuperChiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yuk I think I agree with you there!
     
  10. epeavey1

    epeavey1 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I guess you have to take them out of the trap!! Are you releasing them or shooting them? The moth balls are the best way to keep them out of the coop, the smell is very strong I used a whole box and put them every where in the coop even up to the roof. I seen one come in from a tree and slither down from the roof, even squirrels come in thru the roof too many overlapping boards. I'm not releasing the snakes so they can come back for some more eggs, I will just keep using moth balls and my rifle when I catch them inside the coop.[​IMG]
     

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