If you currently have a snake in your lawn, always begin by confirming that the snake is non-venomous before trying to remove it on your own. When in doubt, call animal control for help or your local pest control specialist for long-term management.
Spray the Hose
If you are completely certain the snake is not dangerous, gently spray a hose at the snake from a distance to help it move along.
Trap With a Garbage Can
If you intend to have a professional remove the snake the same day, you can also quickly trap it with a garbage can—again, only if you are sure it is safe to approach.
Use Snake Repellent
Common products such as Ortho Snake B Gon work by throwing off a snake’s sense of smell and deterring them from nesting in your garden. Many of these products from stores or in your pantry are mostly safe for pets—though you should always double-check the label—and do not harm the snakes. For example, rim your pool, yard, or garden with white vinegar to deter snakes from getting this potent liquid on their skin.
Eliminate Standing Water
Inspect your lawn and home for pools of water, particularly in hidden areas such as by your hose, under a storage area, or in the garden. By removing these pools of water, many snake varieties will find another area to nest.
Set a Trap
Again, if you are certain that the snake is harmless, there are available ways to catch and release the snake. Glue traps, for example, lure snakes to their common areas, secure them to the trap and allow you to release the snake with common cooking oils.
Snakes like to hide from predators in warm, sheltered places. Remove common areas in your yard where snakes may be living, including piled hoses, firewood storage, tall grasses, dense brush, open areas under sheds, and storage.
Fill in Burrows
Snakes might also co-opt other animal burrows for themselves. Fill in holes and burrows with gravel or dirt to discourage snakes from making a home.
Keep Your Grass Short
Mow your lawn frequently with the setting low to the ground. This keeps snakes from hiding in your yard while eliminating the fear that you will see one out in the open.