If snakes are living in an area, it is because they are finding food, shelter and water there, says Snake Removal. The easiest way to get rid of snakes is to make the area less attractive to them. Garter snakes like moist, grassy areas near water, says the University of Michigan. They like habitats with hiding places, and they eat earthworms, frogs, slugs, insects and small mice. Garter snakes are harmless to people and eat vermin, so removing them might be counterproductive.Know More
Garter snakes are ambush hunters and need places to hide in order to obtain food. Removing fallen logs and rock piles will discourage them from hunting in the area.
Cut back any thick vegetation, and remove hedges to eliminate any remaining hunting areas.
Block off access to sheds by sealing any small gaps around the doors or foundation. Block off access to areas under decks by building a solid barrier around the base.
If the snakes are getting into the house, carefully inspect the outer perimeter of the house and block off any possible access points.
Finally, put out glue-board traps and funnel-type snake traps to catch some snakes.
Garter snakes can be found in nearly every environment in North America, with typical boundaries ranging from the sub-Arctic plains of Canada all the way to Central America. These snakes are most common around the moist, grassy environments of the United States' east coast.Full Answer >
Garter snakes do bite people if provoked, but the bite is considered harmless, as they are non-venomous. The snakes have small teeth that can penetrate the skin and draw blood, but their mouths and teeth are usually too small to cause any serious injuries.Full Answer >
Garter snakes can release a bad-smelling secretion from a gland near the cloaca when attacked. They can bite but are more likely to hide their heads and flail their tails when disturbed. They may also try to escape into a den or into water if attacked on land.Full Answer >
Garter snakes are carnivorous and prey upon insects, slugs, worms, lizards, amphibians, rodents and sometimes fish. Certain species of garter snake, such as the ribbon snake, are particularly fond of frogs. Common garter snakes eat many different kinds of small animals, including other snakes.Full Answer >