People with rodent problems - Who wants to try an experiment?

TwistedSerpent

Songster
9 Years
Apr 28, 2010
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As some of you know, I keep and breed snakes as a hobby. There is something I've been curious about for awhile now, that is how affect of the scent of a snake has on deturing rodents from an area. If it does work I know already its only going to be a temporary deturrant, but I have a lot available to me. My idea is putting well placed sheds or used bedding around areas rodents are known to go with the thought that the scent of a predator will keep them away. Anyone interested?
 

CMV

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 15, 2009
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I know that shed snake skins don't work on deterring chipmunks. I have both snakes and chipmunks inhabiting my garden. The snakes shed their skins all over the place and the chipmunks walk over the skins to get to my bulbs.
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WoodlandWoman

Crowing
12 Years
May 8, 2007
5,717
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Wisconsin
Spreading dried blood meal on the ground can discourage chipmunks. I do that to keep them from digging up my freshly planted seeds. I just had to do that, to get them to leave my summer squash seeds alone. One year, they were digging up my freshly planted peas every day and just leaving them lay on top of the ground. Blood meal worked for that, too.

For bulbs, I think hardware cloth cages work better for varmints tunneling in from underground. That's what gets mine! Planting the bulbs in a hole lined with oyster shell is supposed to help, too. I have given up on tulips, temporarily. It's frustrating, when you see no signs of the earth being disturbed, no flowers come up and when you dig down, they are just not there anymore.
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