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    Rattlesnake issue

    Not exactly a hunting question but figured some of you may have encountered this problem before. I have a mobile home on some hunting property. I've always had problems with mice getting into the trailer and have always set out poison for them; always a constant battle. My sister and brother in law went up to mow grass over the weekend and were watching TV when a rattlesnake came out from behind the TV. After recovering from the near heart attack they tried to kill it but it got away. Any suggestions on how to get snakes out of homes? I'm fearful if there is one there may be dozens. Is there a way to fumigate the trailer to kill everything in it?

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    I'd say get ahold of animal control and see if they know of somebody who deals with them. I personally haven't had to deal with them (yet), but I've discussed it with neighbors who have and I've never heard of fumigating snakes, it's always been physical removal/killing.

    Besides, even if you could fumigate, then you could end up with several (dozen?) dead snakes that will turn into rotting snakes.

    Personally, I'd have no issue dealing with one snake in the open, but no way I'd screw with searching a house for them and then trying to clear them out.

    IMO, that's just asking to get nailed and if you stumbled into a nest in the wrong place...
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    You might need to get a trained snake wrangler/ exterminator out there and check. Or I would go through everything very slowly and carefully. One question, was it a big rattler or small one?


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    I have 2 small children that love to be outside. Every spring we have a couple encounters with snakes and I put moth balls around my yard. 3 years in a row we haven't seen another snake after I put then out. I heard they hate the smell

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    I have also heard the moth ball thing. I think it keeps the mice away as well. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikeepitcold View Post
    I have also heard the moth ball thing. I think it keeps the mice away as well. Good luck.
    I'll have to try the mothballs and see if they work on the mice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMSZ View Post
    I'll have to try the mothballs and see if they work on the mice.
    Mothballs will absolutely work on snakes, mice, rats, etc.. Had to use those on our lake house in Louisiana. Mice got into the house, and the snakes followed the mice. Never actually saw a snake in the house, but found a couple of 6'+ snake skins inside. If you can find the entry point, close up the opening, otherwise, the infestation may re-occur once the mothball perfume wears off. Ground mothballs are what is sold as "snake repellent" by many stores.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sawfish View Post
    Mothballs will absolutely work on snakes, mice, rats, etc.. Had to use those on our lake house in Louisiana. Mice got into the house, and the snakes followed the mice. Never actually saw a snake in the house, but found a couple of 6'+ snake skins inside. If you can find the entry point, close up the opening, otherwise, the infestation may re-occur once the mothball perfume wears off. Ground mothballs are what is sold as "snake repellent" by many stores.
    We have a doggy door where they get in the house occasionally and they're getting into the garage regularly, so I'll play around with some mothball deployment methods.
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    Turn a giant Blue Indigo loose in the trailer and treat him nice.

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    My sister says it was 3 to 4 ft. Old enough to have rattles. She said it coiled up and shook when it got aggravated.

    I've been told that burning sulfar will create a gas that will kill all living things if its in large enough quantities. Not sure I want to do that inside a livings quarter though.

    Also, we put all kinds of moth balls under the trailer; I guess if the snake is hungry enough he doesn't care.
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