how to get rid of a snake in your garage

How to Get Rid of a Snake in the Garage

The snalke in the picture above is from our house in Phoenix, and it was on the back patio. I have health with a number of snakes over the years living in Canada (BC and Alberta) and also living in Australia (Killed a King Brown with a 2×4). I have also now run into them in Phoenix and belive sometimes just waiting is the best method, like we did with this snake. We kinda followed it around while “pressuring” it to leave and it did.

Sometimes however your snake problem doesn’t just go away, and you have to deal with it. Here are some things that I have learnt on what to do, and what works if you have a snake problem specifically in your garage, but these will work if they are in your backyard, storage shed or basement as well.

Key Take-Aways

  1. Open the Garage Door: Create an escape route for the snake by ensuring the garage door is fully open, allowing the snake a clear and easy path to exit.
  2. Use Snake Repellent: Sprinkle or spray snake repellent (or use Snake Repellent balls) around the perimeter of the garage and in areas where the snake may be hiding. This will deter the snake and encourage it to leave the area.
  3. Discourage Snakes and Call Animal Control: To prevent future encounters, take measures to discourage snakes from entering your garage, such as sealing gaps and removing potential hiding spots. If the snake does not leave on its own or poses a threat, contact animal control for safe removal.

How to Get Rid of a Snake in the Garage

Snakes can be harmless, or they can be dangerous, depending on the species. Regardless of whether a snake poses any threat to you, though, it is a less-than-ideal housemate! If you are finding snakes in your garage, you will likely want to get rid of them, fast, and also be sure to prevent them from returning in the future. There are a few ways that you can do so, which we will explore below. 

When you are dealing with snakes living in your garage, there are a few different methods that you can try to get rid of them before resorting to calling an exterminator or animal removal service. Read on to find out more about these tactics.

Leave Doors and Windows Open

One of the first things that you can do if you have a snake in your garage is to simply open up the windows and doors. This will allow the snake to leave easily on its own. It is one of the easiest methods, so should be attempted first before investing in expensive traps or calling a removal service. However, if the garage is a hospitable environment, it is entirely possible that the snake will choose not to leave!

Use a Bucket and a Broom

This particular method is a bit basic and old-fashioned, but it is still used today because it works! However, it will only work if you have a clear view of the snake. You can use a bucket and a broom, or another similar item, to coax the snake into the bucket. Lay the bucket on the floor and gently sweep the snake inside. Then, you can cover the bucket and take the snake outside to be released. You will want to make sure, though, that all holes are closed up and food sources are removed so that the snake does not simply turn around and come back!

Read Also – How to Get Rid of Mice in the Garage

Use Smells

Another common method for dealing with pests or infestations is to use smells to deter the animals from entering your space. Snakes do not like the scent of clove and cinnamon, so you can create a mixture of these two scents to make the garage seem inhospitable to the snakes. Get essential oils, mix them with water, and then put the concoction in a spray bottle. Then, you should spray any entry points to the garage with this spray to deter the snakes. You can also spray the outside of your home, along the foundation. 

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Call a Wildlife Removal Service

If none of the above methods have worked for you, it may be time to enlist a professional!

There are plenty of wildlife removal services that will be able to safely and humanely extract the snake from your garage space.

This is also recommended if you are able to identify right off the bat that you are dealing with a poisonous or venomous snake. Wildlife removal companies will be well versed in this type of job and will know how to best handle a snake. 

Seal Any Gaps

In order to ensure that you do not get more snakes in your garage, you will also want to do a thorough pass of the space and identify how the snake was able to get in in the first place!

Oftentimes, snakes enter through small cracks or holes, gaps in garage doors, or even loose roof tiles.

Once you have identified these issues, you should address them by sealing them up, replacing the weatherstripping, or replacing the roof tiles– whatever the issue requires. Then, you will be able to prevent snakes from returning to use your garage as their home.

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Remove Other Pests

This is another preventative method to help avoid having snakes in the garage in the first place. Snakes are often attracted to your space because of an existing pest issue, such as mice or insects because this is a guaranteed food source for them. If you remove the food source, you remove a large part of your garage’s appeal! You should take the measures that are required to deal with the other pests, too, before you attempt to deal with the snakes– otherwise, you run the risk of the snakes coming right back. 

How to Get Rid of a Snake in the Garage

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a snake out of my garage?

Often snakes will seek shelter inside and if you have a snake in your garage, there are a few ways that you can get rid of it.

One of the ways is to call a snake or animal removal service to safely remove the snake– especially if it is a poisonous snake. You can also set a snake trap or try to find it yourself and remove it. 

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This was an Arizona Snake

Why would a snake be in my garage?

Typically, snakes get into your garage by squeezing through cracks or gaps that you may think are too small to let any pests in!

Snakes are good climbers, too, which you may not expect, so they are able to get in through loose roof tiles and unsecured windows.

Your garage is a tempting and safe spot for shelter for a snake, so this is likely why the snake is living in your garage.  Things that attract snakes are food (dog food, small creatures, or other food sources), water and shelter, so make sure you keep your garage clean and sealed.

Where do snakes hide in the garage?

Snakes typically hide in dark corners or underneath tarps and other equipment where they are sheltered and safe in the garage. You may find a snake hiding underneath the blowup pool that you have stored in your garage during the winter, for instance. 

What will keep snakes away?

If you want to be preemptive and prevent snakes from coming into your garage in the first place, one of the first things you should do is seal gaps and caulk up any holes, cracks, gaps, or loose tiles or windows. You should also be sure to keep your garage sealed and deal with any rodent problems that could be tempting the snakes to come inside in search of the rodents as a food source.