Snakes in a pond
Snakes in a pond

Have you spotted something slithering into your pond? Any standing water can attract snakes, and ponds are no exception. But how do you remove snakes from your pond?

Prevention is the best cure

Whether you’ve just removed a snake or want to make sure you don’t have to deal with the problem, there are some important ways to keep snakes away from your pond.

Get rid of snake hiding spots – snakes love to stay out of sight, so clear your backyard of overgrown grass and vegetation or other possible hiding spots, especially around your pond.

Cut off the food supply – snakes are not usually attracted to larger fish like koi, but your goldfish could look appealing. If other food sources, such as rodents, are cut off, snakes may not come close enough to the pond to notice.

Snake repellents

If these steps haven’t worked, or aren’t possible, there are a wide range of specialist repellers – products such as spray and granules are often used to keep snakes away, but devices such as the solar snake repeller can keep snakes away for a 20m radius. Some plants, like marigold and lemongrass, could also be planted around your pond to discourage them.

Trapping snakes

Sometimes prevention is not enough, and you must remove snakes with a trap. There are many types, ranging from boxes to tubes and wire mesh – which are usually most appropriate for ponds. The trap will be placed with food or a scent to act as bait inside to attract the snake. Once trapped, the snake can then be removed and relocated.

Unless you are completely sure the snake is not venomous, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Professionals with proper equipment and training are best placed to remove snakes. In the cases where it is clearly not a venomous snake, however, it can be removed using the following steps:

Wear protective clothing – snake gaiters are an essential piece of kit to avoid bites, as well as sturdy boots, long sleeves, and thick gloves.

Remove the snake using snake tongs – if needed, these tools allow you to get a good grip on the snake while remaining at a safe distance.

Relocate the snake – ideally, the snake should be taken far away from your pond, so transport it in a bucket with a lid, or, if possible, in the trap itself.

If you have any further questions or snakes continue to be a problem, contact us for further professional help.

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