Snakes may incite fear in many, but they can be a great garden companion. While you’re probably not going to run out and get a pet snake for this purpose, life-like plastic snakes work magic at keeping many wildlife pests out of your fruit and vegetable crops. Take a look:
- A plastic (yet realistic) snake placed in the garden can scare away rabbits and birds much better than a scarecrow.
- Plastic snakes can be hung from the blueberry bush to keep the birds and other animals away.
- Plastic snakes can be placed on the windshield of your car to keep the birds at bay.
A real snake also has its uses. It can prevent the rodent population from escalating. But it’s also a good way to lose eggs and baby chicks, which snakes enjoy eating.
Got unwelcome snakes around your property? You may want to consider pouring a ring of powdered lime around the perimeter of the hen house or swimming pool, to keep the snakes from crossing.