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Avoid in-ground Trampoline Snakes, Spot them, Why they love Pits

Avoid in-ground Trampoline Snakes, Spot them, Why they love Pits

Imagine you or your kid jumping over a trampoline and you notice a snake moving near the trampoline on the ground… oh God, so terrifying. Personally, I would freeze at that moment, and my heartbeat would stop because I fear snakes the most.

To block snakes’ entry in your backyard, cut the grass to such an extent that snakes are unable to hide, cover all the holes providing habitat for snakes, catch-all snakes using snake traps( glue traps), and create an environment that repels the snakes, remove all the food sources of snakes, run away them by strong vibration, installing a protective cover on the pit, make your yard dry and keep predators to prey on snakes, and lastly one of my most favorites is to hire a snake trapping expert (Snake handlers).

Snakes love to live in places where they are safe and warm. The deep hole of the inground trampoline enables them to access the frost line for their hibernation. Also, these pits are not accessed regularly, so snakes experience more privacy to live there.

a snake present in your backyard
a snake present in your backyard

What are the indications of having a snake in your backyard

You can be sure to say that you have a snake in your backyard if you notice these 6 indications

  1. You see the snakes by yourself: the clear indication of having a snake in your backyard is by seeing them with your eyes. Snakes love to be in the hot sun. You can either see it accidentally or while cleaning the place, you see something moving, which is a snake
  2. Shed Snakeskin: Snakes can leave their presence indicator by shedding their skin as they grow. You can find the shed snakes near its shelter in a hollow inverted snake shape. 
  3. Snake Holes: Snakes mainly live and move in holes. Snake holes are small and round. You can get assurance of having a snake in your backyard if you observe small round holes or loose soil near a hole. 
  4. Snakes Smell: Some snakes emit a special odor for their security system. Directly get off the trampoline if you notice an unusual smell around the in-ground trampoline.
  5. Snake Sounds: Snakes are quiet under normal conditions, but sometimes (when afraid) they hiss, which clearly indicates snake presence in the backyard or near the inground trampoline.
  6. Tracks in Dust or Dirt: Snakes leave clear tracks while moving on sand, soil, or wet ground. Call Snake handlers if the tracks have the same pattern, like snake movement, because it is sure that snakes are present.

Don’t compromise your and your kids’ lives. Do proper safety measures if you even doubt the presence of the snake in your backyard.

10 Methods to Keep Snakes Away From Your In-Ground Trampoline

Having snakes in your backyard is extremely dangerous. You will not jump on a trampoline with a free mind. The joy of bouncing fades away if you see a snake on your trampoline or the ground dragging its body. Your mouth becomes dry, your heartbeat increases by decreasing blood pressure, and you can’t scream or run away. 

To avoid that moment of having snakes while you are jumping, here I am presenting 10 ways to kick snakes out of your backyard so that you can enjoy your bouncing life more easily without worries.

Cut backyard grass so small that snakes can’t hide themselves

make the grassses so short so that snake find difficult to hide themselves

Snakes like shelters that are invisible to their predators. Having more shrubs and long grasses allows snakes to live safely. Mow the lawn trim bushes and shrubs so that snakes can’t hide themselves from humans or predators. Making your yard clean with short grasses and fewer shrubs and bushes won’t be attractive for snakes to live.

Also, watch out for the area near the trampoline; clean it, and remove all the stuff if you notice big stones, a pile of leaves, wood, or dirt because it would invite snakes more easily. 

To make snakes feel more uncomfortable in your backyard, grow plants such as Marigolds, Garlic and Onions, Clove Basil (Ocimum gratissimum), Lemongrass, Wormwood and Sage, Tobacco (Nicotiana), Cactus (Cactaceae), and Mint. 

Fill out the holes and sources providing shelter to snakes

do not leave any hole and source providing safe hiding place for snakes
do not leave any holes and sources providing safe hiding places for snakes

Snakes don’t live in open environments; they need a secure hole so predators don’t see them. 

Filling all the holes or gaps and removing all the sources like debris that snakes might use to shelter will prevent snakes from hiding in your backyard. 

You can use two methods – either fix all the gaps using soil or cement or place Sulfer and Ammonia to block snake entries in the holes.

But please be careful with Sulfer and Ammonia as they are extremely harmful and irritating for humans and pets. 

When filling holes, use materials such as 

  • Dirt or topsoil for small gaps
  • Cement or concrete for larger openings
  • Rocks or gravel to block entry points.

Trap all snakes using Snake Traps

Trap all snakes using Snake Traps
Capture the snake using Snake traps without harming them

Make your backyard and in-ground trampoline free of snakes by using snake traps. You can catch all the snakes without any harm using glue, minnow, box, or cage traps. 

You can use the following best snake traps to catch all the snakes

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You can use snake traps in 4 different ways – glue traps, minnow traps, box traps, and Cage traps.

  • Glue Traps: They consist of a flat surface with strong adhesive. The snake is attracted to move on a flat surface to get food or hide. The snake becomes stuck to the adhesive and gets caught. Later on, vegetable oil (safe for snakes ) is used to detach the snake and release it in a safe place.
  • Minnow Traps: They consist of a wire or mesh structure with openings that allow snakes to enter but make it challenging for them to escape. Place minnow traps with snake attractants – mice, eggs, or insects for better results. 
  • Box Traps: These boxes contain one or more entry points with a triggering mechanism. They are set such a trigger mechanism is auto-activated, and the door or gate is closed after the snake enters the raps. Captured snakes should be released to some other safe place. Otherwise, they can die of starvation.
  • Cage Traps: Cage traps, also known as live traps or humane traps, are devices designed to capture snakes without causing harm, allowing for their safe and humane relocation. The process is simple: a piece of food or bait is placed to attract the snakes; as snakes enter the cage, the door is closed, and snakes are trapped inside the cage.

Use snake deterrents, snake Repellent, or snake-proof fences

To make your backyard free of snakes, use snake deterrents, snake repellents, or snake-proof fences. Snake deterrents are of two types – natural and chemical.

Natural Snake Deterrent: They can be plants such as marigolds, lemongrass, wormwood, citronella grass, narcissus, rosemary, lavender, mint, thyme, and garlic chives, or they can be animals – foxes, raccoons, guinea hens, turkeys, pigs, and cats. You can use 

Use snake deterrents – mothballs, sulfur, and cinnamon oil. You can also use smoke to irritate the snakes.

You can also scare off reptiles like snakes by making noise or shouting joyfully while jumping on the trampoline.

Chemical Snake Deterrents: Cayenne pepper, Clove Oil, Ammonia, Naphthalene, and Sulfur powder are best known for repelling snakes. You can also use Vinegar to repel snakes, but you have to use it again after some time so that its effects are re-established.

Ultrasonic / Infrasonic Devices: Use devices that produce ultrasound or infrasound near the trampoline so that snakes won’t pass. 

Snake Proof Fences:  To block snake entries in your backyard, use snake fences – mesh fencing, Vinyl Fencing, and Sealing Gaps. These fences are made from materials such as concrete, metal, or strong mesh that snakes cannot penetrate. Ensuring the fence is well-installed without any small gaps is crucial.

Don’t Keep Snake Food In Your Backyard and Dry out Standing water bodies

Don’t Keep Snake Food In Your Backyard and Dry out Standing water bodies

Make your trampoline clean and its accessories free of dirt, and keep it free of snake foods and water. This way, snakes will not be attracted to your backyard, as there is no attraction for them. Or they can die of starvation if they stay for a longer time. 

Snakes are carnivorous. They eat 

  • Mammals such as mice, rats, rabbits, and chipmunks. Larger snakes, such as anacondas and Burmese pythons, can consume larger mammals like deer and capybaras
  • Birds and their eggs
  • Lizards, or even snakes, e.g. Cobra
  • Amphibians- frogs and tods
  • Fish and bats
  • Invertebrates – earthworms, slugs, and various insects like crickets, caterpillars, moths, spiders, grubs, grasshoppers, and termites.

Also, make your backyard free of standing water so they don’t even consider living there. The standing water provides snakes the opportunity to prey on frogs and insects. 

Diminishing all snakes’ food and water sources guarantees repelling them from your backyard because why survive where they don’t find food?

You should know that snakes don’t eat vegetables, fruit, seeds, or processed foods, so you can keep them in your backyard. 

Frighten the snakes with vibrations or Sounds so that they leave your yard

Frighten the snakes with vibrations or Sounds so that they leave your yard

Snakes are sensitive to sounds and vibrations. Creating strong vibrations or sounds like Infrasonic or ultrasonic will scare the snake, compelling them to leave the yard permanently. 

Snakes feel the vibrations very fast as they dwell in the ground. Strong vibrations alarm them of a predator. Snakes flee out of their shelter when they hear vibrations. You can also use a mechanical snake deterrent that produces a strong vibration.

People have experimented with low-frequency square waves or percussive sounds to deter snakes. Also, using ultrasonic sound ( not detected by human ears) discourages snakes from staying in a single place and makes them run away from the backyard.

Users can deter snakes by making fast movements on earth or harshly hitting the ground (stomping hard). For better results, you can use snake fences with vibrating or producing ultrasonic sound devices.

Call AN Expert or Hire a humane snake removal Service to capture all the snakes

Hire Professional Snake Trap Expert to reomve all the snakes present in your backyard
Hire Professional Snake Trap Expert to remove all the snakes present in your backyard.

You can’t catch snakes alone, as some snake species are extremely venomous. You should call someone who is an expert in humane snake removal. These experts have the right tools and knowledge to capture snakes. Also, they can identify dangerous snakes, take more precautions, and relocate snakes away from your home to a safe place.

You can search for snake removal services near me on Google and find reliable services. Some of the best snake removal services, according to my research, are:

Critter Control: Critter Control has over 130 locations across the United States and Canada.

Angi: Angi is available in Central and Southeastern United States

Rentokil: Rentokil has over 800 locations in the United States and Canada

Buckeye Wildlife Solutions:  Buckeye Wildlife Solutions is located in Columbus, Ohio, and provides snake removal services to the surrounding areas

Animal Pros: Animal Pros has locations in Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, and Texas

Change the location of the In-Ground Trampoline

Filling the hole beneath the in-ground trampoline and moving your trampoline to another location in your backyard is an effective strategy to avoid snakes.

The old trampoline location may have more tall grasses, trees and fences, holes, stones, or debris. Look for any pipes or wires that could be under the surface. 

Cleaning the area and filling the hole with soil or cement makes the backyard less attractive to snakes. After that, you can install the trampoline at a safe, clean place with snake fences, vibration producers, short grasses, or any natural or chemical repellents.

Keep Snake Predators In Your Backyard

Keeping your backyard full of snake predators will compel snakes to think thousands of times before sheltering in your backyard. You can keep 

  • Mammals such as Wolverines, bobcats, hedgehogs, honey badgers, coyotes, and opossums. 
  • Birds such as hawks, owls, falcons, herons, and the secretary bird. 
  • Pets such as cats, raccoons, pigs, turkeys, guinea hens, foxes, and chickens

These all prey on snakes

You can also use natural sources to keep snakes away from your backyard

  • Plants such as marigolds, garlic, lemongrass, rue, citrus fruits, geraniums, sage, wormwood, and onion
  • Natural repellents include sulfur, vinegar, and lime.

Snakes are extremely careful for themselves. They like to live in places where their life is not compromised. By keeping their predators or snakes contained, you can completely eliminate snakes in your backyard while jumping on a trampoline.

Which countries have more snake species?

Having a snake in your backyard or under trampoline is very dangerous
Having a snake in your backyard or under a trampoline is very dangerous

The countries with the highest number of snake species are:

  • Mexico: 438 species
  • Brazil: 420 species
  • Indonesia: 376 species
  • India: 305 species
  • Colombia: 301 species
  • China: 246 species
  • Ecuador: 241 species
  • Vietnam: 226 species
  • Malaysia: 216 species
  • Australia: 215 species

The United States is the 15th country having 178 snake species. Some of the snake species in different states of the U.S are 

  • Texas: 68
  • Arizona: 52
  • Louisiana: 48
  • New Mexico: 46

So please be aware if you are living in these states.

Australia is known for having very poisonous snakes. The inland taipan and eastern brown snake are two examples. These snakes can be very dangerous, so people in Australia need to know about them and stay safe.

Countries like South Africa, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, and Thailand also have lots of snakes. Each place has its own kind of snake. If you visit or live in these countries, you should learn about the snakes and how to be careful around them. It’s always best to know about the snakes in the area to keep yourself safe.

Final Thoughts 

Your or your kids’ lives are more precious. First, don’t even create an opportunity to have a snake in your inground trampoline pit or backyard. Call a snake trapping specialist if you even doubt you have a snake under your trampoline. Restrict yourself and your kids to access the backyard until the snakes are gone or trapped by the expert. 

Follow the methods mentioned above to kick the snake out of the yard. Some snakes are not very dangerous, but again, who knows which snake is dangerous and which snake is not?

So, it is advised to you to keep yourself and your kids safer while jumping on a trampoline.

Enjoy the safe trampolining.

Author

  • Dr. Sabina Rogers

    Dr. Sabina Rogers brings 15+ years of global health experience to OnlyTrampoline.com's mission. After completing her MPH at Johns Hopkins University, she led international development projects worldwide. Her work with organizations like CARE, FINCA International, and the Peace Corps focused on co-creating sustainable health, education, finance, and empowerment solutions. Dr. Rogers is devoted to project management and building cross-cultural collaborations.