Each year, approximately 8,000 venomous snakebites occur in the United States, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians
. And an overgrown lawn provides perfect cover for rattlesnakes and copperheads. Snakes are classic agoraphobics, with a profound fear of wide-open spaces where they’re easily exposed. So the best way to ensure they stay off your lawn is to keep it well mowed. Remember that snakes also love to hide out in woodpiles and wooded areas. Other ways to ward off snakes is to purchase a scarecrow equipped with a motion detector that shoots water at them and other critters when they come onto your lawn.