A few days ago, my buddy Nick Gillick from Prepcabin.com pointed me to an article that showed how someone managed to find an ingenious way to get rid of the snakes that were raiding his hen house.
I wanted to share this with you and get your thoughts.
While this article was posted on a forum based around people that owned chickens, this type of trap can easily be used just about anywhere!
It looks like this is a fairly simple trap to set up.
All you need is a standard wire minnow trap like the one here:
And a few eggs to use as bait.
The snakes can find their way into the trap but, just like the minnows, they have a hard time finding their way back out.
Once you catch them, you have a few different options. You can release them away from your home, kill them and dispose of the body, or make a few snake kebobs and hat bands out of them. The choice is really up to you.
From the comments on the forum, one of the easiest ways I can see to dispatch the snake is to just take the trap and dip it completely under water for a few minutes. This will take care of the snake and keep you out of harms way.
Just make sure that you know the difference between poisonous snakes and the good ones ( like king snakes, that eat other snakes).
Feel free to check out the article below ( click the link at the bottom to see all of the pictures)
I already had two of these very common minnow traps at home but I stumbled on to one at walmart that was cheap and thought “I bet that would work!”
I set it along the wall inside of my coop and 2 days later had a rat snake in it.
A couple days later a copperhead and then another.
So I dug around till I found the two old traps and set them inside also and today I had two more copperheads, I knew I had snakes but didn't know it was this bad and am really loving the effectiveness of the Minnow/Snake traps.
I figured if anyone else hadn't already thought this one up I'd share it and maybe it can help others save a few birds and eggs.
View the original article with pictures
Can you think of any other inventive ways to get rid of snakes around your home?
P.S. If you want to make sure that you keep snakes out of your yard to begin with, take a look at a product called Serpent Guard. I got a bottle of it after finding a couple of Copper Head snakes in my garden and so far it seems to have done the trick. Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think
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