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 01-06-2005, 09:00 Post: 103628
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Guys, I need help and fast. This morning, after clearing the snow, I heard a mouse trap snap. After having gotten in trouble for not clearing them quickly (she's terrified of mice), I went and checked right away. It's no mouse, but a snake. I suspect it's a Bull snake based on how populous they are in the area and some internet searching.

I ran upstairs to get an implement of destruction, but they are pretty much out in the shop and I didn't want to use the shotgun in the house. When I got back, it had squirmed out of the trap. The trap was along the wall about 2-3 feet from the hot water heater. It looked like he was headed towards the hot water heater. It would be a great place to hang out for a snake.

How do I lure him out from underneath the heater and get rid of it before my wife finds out? For my personal safety, I need to know this!! BTW, I will NOT be putting on a welding glove, laying on my belly and reaching under the hot water heater to grab it. I will replace the hot water heater and use a shotgun in the house before I do that.

Mice don't bother me, snakes do. My wife is even more terrified of snakes than she is of mice. I need to get rid of it fast!






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 01-06-2005, 09:25 Post: 103631
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I would hose the underside with something nasty, like Raid bug spray. If it is a gas water heater I would shut off the gas first.

Another option would be to let your shop vac do the reaching out and touching. Snakes will not let themselves get sucked down the hose, but a good strong vac with a crevice tool might latch on to it and drag it out where you can do the right thing to it.






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 01-06-2005, 10:04 Post: 103639
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Second thought: No air breathing critter can stand ammonia... even a big dose of windex should get it to move.






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 01-06-2005, 10:07 Post: 103640
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Most snakes are pretty defensive but not really clever.

A long thin dowel or stick of some form with a bit of a ball of soft material or another mouse trap works well, especially if you can see them.

Push it right up to him and poke him in the nose a few times. Generally they will not take thios for long and will snap and bite at the end of the rod, when they do pull them out with one hand and whack em' a good one with something in the other hand.

If you were closer I'd loan you Deputy Dog, so far he's got about a 25:0 record with snakes.

Best of luck.






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 HELP Snake in the house

Thanks guys. I found a backup to help me out. Then my one dog loves to kill things. So I've now got a list of things to try. Thanks! I just want it gone before the wife finds out and wants to move.






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 01-06-2005, 15:35 Post: 103672
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Don't even think about mentioning the snake to the wife. ;O) Just won't be worth the grief.






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If your weather has been pretty cold, I would suspect that the snake has been inside and warm for awhile. Probably followed the mice indoors.






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 01-06-2005, 16:05 Post: 103675
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 HELP Snake in the house

Hang on a minute, Iowa might be onto something here......

You mean if my wife thought there was a snake in the house she would want to move ???

Naw, never mind, even if my wife DID want to move she'd expect me to go along anyways ...... hehehehe.

Although, would this snake thing work on Mother-in-laws ???

Oh I'm in soooooo much trouble when she sees this.....






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 01-06-2005, 20:29 Post: 103711
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I heard an old trick to catch snakes, don't know if it is just an old wives tale. You get a wood or other box and cut a round hole in it just big enough for a snake to go in. You bait it with an egg which the snake eats and cannot get back out the hole until the egg is digested. that is providing the snake is big enough to eat an egg.






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 01-07-2005, 07:41 Post: 103726
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Denwood, that sounds like the old pipe and pebble trick with racoons. Might work.

Anyway, we didn't find the snake last night. Two grown men, me with my hatchet and my buddy with a metal ice scraper on a 5 foot pole. We tore that place apart but found no snake. I've got booby traps set up now. Catch me either a booby or a snake!!

We think we found where the snake came in at and also the mice. Seems the sump pump well was not tied to drain tile like I thought/assumed. Closer examination shows that sump well has one opening for water to enter and that just opens to underneath the concrete slab for the basement floor. Perfect way for mice and snakes to enter. In fact, there is a debris pile in the sump pump from that opening. Could be from the water or from mice and such entering. It would be really easy for them to climb out of that well. It's sealed off now so they can enter the well, but not the house.

I did tell the wife since she accused me of forgetting to put the trash out yesterday morning. I responded with "I had a good reason for forgetting!!" and proceded to tell my story.

My dodg didn't pick up any scent of an unauthorized critter so I think the snake went back under the slab after getting startled by the trap.






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