We all know the fears that the mere thought of a snake can bring. Do not even think about actually seeing one or having to deal with them frequently because you live in an area infested by snakes. Based on the above scenarios, I am sure you must be wondering whether someone can make a snake trap from readily available items at home. You might also be wondering what it will take to get a functional snake trap in the shortest time possible.
From glue to maze traps, there are several options for making a snake trap. You only need some hard boards or the technical know-how of making a bottle trap from home. You can also visit a local vet for further guidelines.
I will cover how one can make a snake trap using a few basic materials in today's read. I'll help you think through the process and find the best practices to trap a snake, use the right bait, and relocate it properly. You will want to buckle up for this journey!
How Do I Make a Snake Trap?
It's less creepy to deal with snakes if you have been around them for a while. However, some people never get used to them and will always try to avoid their presence as much as possible. Note that snakes are some of the most unpredictable animals, especially for people who know nothing about them.
Therefore, you need to proceed with care. Always have protective clothes on such as gloves and a pair of trousers. Non-venomous species still bite and can leave nasty wounds that need medical attention.
Some of your do it yourself (DIY) snake trap options include glue trap, the minnow trap, bottle trap, and wooden box trap. All these will require different materials to assemble, but I will offer a step by step guidance on building each of them.
- Minnow Trap
Some people call this a 'door wire funnel cage' trap. It is an excellent option for large snakes. You will need the following items:
- A wire cutter
- A snake bait
Measure the diameter you wish to use depending on the snake's size. Use a cable to construct two similar cylinders and create a single funnel from the same wire. Keep the hole relatively small, such that the snake will go through smoothly but not get out.
Place the bait in the funnel. It could be an egg or a live mouse. Finally, seal both cylinders, and there you have your minnow trap. Once you catch the snake, open the cylinder wires to release it away from you. This means the trap should be easy to open, so don't seal it too tightly.
- A snake bottle trap
A bottle trap is almost as similar as the minnow trap, only here, you are using bottles instead of wires. However, it's more appropriate for smaller snakes. Here's what you will require:
- A clean 1.5 liter plastic bottle
- A pair of scissors
- A bait
Clean and adequately dry the bottle to ensure that no prior smell remains. Cut a small hole on the bottle with your scissors and place the bait inside. You can now leave the trap in an area that the snake will likely pass.
A snake does not chew it's bait, so swallowing one means it become bigger than before it entered the trap; thus, it cannot get out the same way it came in. When it's still digesting, you can change the location of the trap and place it away from your home.
- The glue trap
Glue traps are quite common. You can use large amounts of glue or simply cover a piece of wood with adhesive. You will have to get the following items:
- A large tray
- High-quality glue
- A bait
To create your trap, spread the glue on the plate and fill it with bait like insects. Once you are satisfied with the glue's amount and have enough baits in place, take the plate out in the yard or where the snake might pass by. As the snake comes by trying to eat the baits, it'll get stuck.
Ensure the snake is completely glued to the plate before you move it to another location. If you used adhesive on a wooden plate, you would need vegetable oil to get the snake off the plate. Have snake proof boots on and any other protective clothing throughout the process.
- Wooden box trap
This one is the most involving trap to assemble, especially if you are doing it by yourself. You will need to buy the following materials and equipment if you do not have them.
- Pieces of wood
- Nails or screws
- A hammer or drill
You can either cut the wood into pieces on your own or ask the person selling them to you to help you with this. When you arrive at home, nail the pieces together to make your wooden box. Alternatively, buy a ready-made wooden box of the size you see fit. Ensure it has a flip closure.
Place the box over the hole where the snake resides and ensure it doesn't have another exit. Once the snake tries to leave, it will get into the box, which closes, thus capturing the snake. You can then carry the box with the snake to the wild and release the snake.
What to Consider When Working with Snake Traps
There are different species of snakes, but you will always find common behaviors among them. This is why trapping a snake can be easy, no matter the species. However, the more you know about a particular species, the better success chances you will have.
- When thinking about traps, first consider that the snake could be harmless. Having it around might not be such a bad idea if you are comfortable around snakes. It helps get rid of rodents and insects.
- If you narrow down your options to getting rid of it, ensure you have the courage to move it after you trap it. Else, this will be a traumatic event.
- It is more effective to work with snake traps if the snake is inside the house. It's movement is predictable, and you can quickly know where to catch it.
- There is a chance that a trap will not catch a snake since it's sightings are mostly fleeting.
- An efficient way to deal with the snake is by clearing it's habitat. Cut down long grass from the yard and remove any stone or leaf piles. This way, you won't have to keep thinking about snake traps.
Choosing The Right Place to Place Your Trap
It is one thing to have a trap well-made and a whole other situation to get it to an ideal location. Remember that snakes are wise, and they can detect when something is out of the norm. To set your trap right, consider the following tips:
- Make the trap look as natural as you can. Camouflage it with grass if you set it outside or have it near similarly colored environments.
- Pay attention to a snake's trail. It's not easy to track this, but if you have seen one at a constant location, you can bet on your luck that it appears there often for some reason.
- Avoid using highly scented traps. Snakes are quite sensitive to scents, and they will mostly avoid unfamiliar smells. This is why you need to wash a bottle trap thoroughly to get rid of any prior odors.
What Baits Should I use?
Since snakes love eggs, you can place fresh eggs as already previously highlighted. Other natural options include live bugs and other rodents. You can find different commercial substances that attract snakes to a trap. Such baits mimic natural ones, so they are a go-to in case natural options are not available.
Snakes do not eat dead meat; therefore, a beef piece will not be an excellent bait. Dead rats will also not work, and live ones can find their way out of the trap. Finding a way to keep them in one place will help.
How to Safely Relocate a Trapped Snake
Just because a snake is not a venomous types does not mean you should mishandle it. Like any other wild animal, every snake has it's defense mechanism. This means you should always ensure you know the safety measures when dealing with one.
Relocating a snake at least ten miles from the house is the recommended distance. Try not to pass the problem to your neighbors by relocating a snake too close to someone else's home. If it mandates, ask wild animal pick up services to help you with the relocation. Such teams will be more equipped to deal with these reptiles.
Snakes can be scary, but that does not mean you should always think about killing them when you spot one. Some are innocent enough to crawl across without disturbing your peace as long as you allow them to. Building up your knowledge of these reptiles will help you handle them better.
You can invest your time building snake traps to catch and relocate them, but proper hygiene and yard maintenance is a more lasting way to handle the situation. I hope you can now make a practical snake trap, so I'll leave you to get to work.