If you are having trouble with snakes on your property you may be scratching your head as to how you can keep them out. But did you know there is actually a wide variety of fences that keep snakes out?
It should be noted that this is typically a last resort method for keeping snakes away from your home. It will be a fairly large project for most homeowners depending on the size of your plot. Here is a list of some of the most common types of snake fences.
Steel mesh fencing
- This type of fencing sticks up out of the ground at an angle to prevent entry
- Instead of putting up a wooden fence that has spacing between panels, you will need to create a solid barrier with no space between each plank
Catch net fencing
- This type of fencing is made out of the same netting material that is used to capture snakes and other wild animals
- This is the type of fencing you see put up around construction sites. It is usually a fluorescent orange color and made of plastic netting
Not all snake fences are legitimately helpful for keeping snakes off of your property. There are some steps that should be taken in order to ensure your snake fence will be effective.
You need to ensure that the fence you put up is completely unclimbable. It needs to either be made out of a very slick material or sloped outwards at around a 30-degree angle. The fence must be solid or made of a mesh that is no more than a quarter-inch in diameter. The fence must be buried or, at the very least, flush to the ground. You will also need to totally surround the perimeter of your property for this to be effective.
The only truly effective method to prevent snakes from entering your property would likely be to cover it with concrete. Because this is completely unrealistic to 99 percent of people, using fencing may be your best option to keep them away.
Another method that may also work for you would be to install a shallow ditch around your property. Once it has been dug, you will need to install a small steel mesh fence, slanting away from your home into the edge of the ditch you have dug.
All of these methods are incredibly labor and resource-intensive. Be prepared for a very difficult project if you decide to install a snake fence.