SNAKE PROOF YOUR PROPERTY!!
How to Keep Rattlesnakes off of your property!
- Do a Perimeter Check: Check every inch of fence line for possible Rattlesnake entry points under the fence and between the wall and your fence. Make note how big the individual openings are of the fence. Also make sure you check for Rattlesnakes on the inside property before beginning to help from closing them in.
- Note all of the Gates: Measure the space between the gate bottom, sides and in between individual rails of the gate. Gates are especially important as Rattlesnakes commonly go from the warm street to your backyard through a side gate.
- Tools and Material Needed: 1. Wire Mesh – You will need Construction (Wire) Mesh at 1/4 inch 23 gauge 4′ tall x (your length needed). A Rattlesnake Fence should be at least 3 feet high from dirt, so 4 feet tall is a good choice as you will bury some of the mesh. 1/4 inch openings because we want to keep the baby Rattlers from getting through. The Mesh comes in Galvanized Silver, PVC-Coated Black or Green. For ex. You measured 84 feet of open chainlink fence and 6 feet of gate. You should buy a 100 x 4 foot roll 23 gauge 1/4″. The extra 10 feet can be extra for mistakes, doubling up or for a future project. 2. Zip Ties – Rule of Thumb 1 Zip Tie per 2 square feet for tight application, but use to your liking. 3. Use Staight-Cut Tin Snips – or similar for cutting mesh and snipping off the ends of the Zip Ties. 4. Shovel – Digging a trench to submerge the bottom of the mesh. 5. Hammer Drill: and small 1/4 inch x 2 inch Masonry Screws ( for masonry) or Self-Tapping screws ( for metal) or Wood Screws for wood. .. Why? You may need to anchor the mesh to an adjacent wall having a gap between the fence and the structure. 6. Spikes: You may need 4-5 inch sod staples or spike to anchor mesh to dirt.
- Dig a Trench: Dig a Trench along the bottom of the fence where the bottom of the Mesh will sit in. 6-10 inches deep in-ground 1- 3 inches wide. A snake will not dig or create a burrow, but snakes are opportunists and will use a gopher hole or large crevice or a simple unnoticeable depression right under the fence, hence why we dig a trench.
- Install Material: Place the fence piece inside the trench to the bottom, (if you are on a really long portion then chop up the length into manageable segments). Then start to fasten the ties along the bottom. Then backfill the dirt into the trench patting it down to help lock in mesh. Now go to your gates. These are tricky so you will need to see what is good for your gate as it is too custom to list, but you can not have a 1/2 inch hole anywhere!!
It is a lot of work but worth the peace of mind. Rattlesnakes are Dangerous especially the young Rattlers as they do not have control over how much venom to release in a bite, so as a survival tactic they release has much as possible. Make sure to check your property on the inside for Rattlesnakes so you do not trap them in. Rattlesnake Fencing is essential because Rattlesnakes are rarely climb a vine or tree to get over a wall, they will follow a wall or structure ( so a hawk will not detect them ) until there is an opening.
HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
This is a lot of work and must be a precision job for safety sake. Be careful not to hire your gardener as I redo all of their snake fencing all of the time. A Wildlife Professional at SOS Wildlife Services will be glad to inspect your property, give you an estimate, and perform a full property Snake Exclusion. Call Us 747-259-8410.