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Ok yesterday I was walking around in my yard, we have an area that is lined with pine trees next to the driveway (it seperates us from a neighbour) It's not thick, just a bit messy.

So anyway, I'm walking around and I'm thinking that maybe I could plant some Azaelas, fern and some othe shade/acid loving plants there. I look down and there was a SNAKE!! about 2 1/2 feet long and about 1 1/2 inches around! and only about a foot away from me. DH says it was a water moccoson(sp?) It reared it's ugly head at me as if it were going to strike, needless to say I came inside and there I stayed. I am petrified of snakes, I couldn't sleep last night because I dreamt they were everywhere!(this happens more than I'd like to admit)

Is there something I can put out that will deter them? DH mowed the area and weed eatered (is that a word?) real good but I am still afraid that they will return. I thought about putting up a wooden fence but dh says it may not help much.

PLEASE can someone tell me what to do /how to ensure they do not return?
 

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Ellise, I'm not sure. Contact your local CoOperative Extension, they will know. Good Luck! :yikes: I hate snakes........
 

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OMG Ellise!!! Hugs Huge Hugs!! I have no advice for you. and I hate to say I am running as fast as I can in the other direction!! ROFL
Snakes are yucky yucky yucky!!!
 

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i would say as long as there aren't places for them to hide, such as large rocks or tall grass, they won't hang around long!!;) you are with snakes, how i am with spiders!!!:eek: i saw a black hairy spider yesterday on the ceiling in the livingroom!!! i had chills for a very long time!!:( i would much rather have a snake on me than a spider!!;)
 

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That is a liquid called "Napthalene" same ingredient in moth balls...... Save some money and try moth balls, or soak moth balls in water for a time and use a garden sprayer, make sure you cover your face and do not expose to skin, or eyes....... Snakes are very sensitive to harsh chemicals....... But like Misty said, don't give them a place to hide........

Info on the cottonmouth or as it sometimes called.... Water Moccasin....................
http://www.wf.net/~snake/moccasin.htm
 

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I have always heard that moth balls do the trick. My grandmother always used to put them out around her house to keep snakes away. I had a run in with a snake last weekend. The snake was curled up along the front side of my house in my flower bed soaking up the sun. Unfortunately, he/she got away before I could kill it. :mad:
 

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Get a cat...lots of cats..lol We live in Texas and have found several snakes inside our house during the really hot days of summer...but now that we have cats outside we havent saw a snake for a long time...:D We found several in our house one snake on my kitchen cabinet but killed him...Oh Gosh you talking about scared to go to sleep at night...lol
Whats so bad is my husband is terrified of them so it took us both to kill it...lol
Moth balls and sulphur are good too..sprinkle them around and under your house and the yard..
Well good look hope some of these hints will help...

God Bless,
Georgia :ribbon:
 

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Oh Ellise you poor thing...I know just how you feel...I'm terrified of snakes..so much so I can't even move for a long time after its long gone!!! Of course that makes all the kids think its fun to "show" them to me....

Sounds like you have gotten some good advice here....but wanted to send some (((HUGS))) your way!!! Good luck.
 

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Oh Ellise, That must have been frightening. We have lots of snakes around my area. Rattlesnakes are bad here, but fortunately they are usually as afraid of you as you are of it. Unfortunately for you, water mocassins or cottonmouths as they are also called are not afraid of you, they are an aggressive snake (as you probably realized when it raised it's head at you) and are not one to run away from you. I think Diana had wonderful advice about checking with the extension agent about a good way to deter them from your property.

Stay alert and stay safe my friend.
 
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