Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

So, Fred, I actually had a copperhead in my hosue a couple of years ago! THANKFULLY before we went to bed, we were able to kill it!


We did a LOT of research and here is what we do and have never had an issue...sprinkle a bag of LIME (from the garden center) around the perimeter of your house. Dash a drop every foot of PEPPERMINT OIL (that you get at the drug store) on top of the lime and VOILA! We have not had any further issues!


Prior to the time we found the one in our kitchen, our landscaper had killed several in our yard. After we used the lime and peppermint, we didn't see one single copperhead!


I am in your area so, I KNOW what you are going through!! Good Luck, Fred!

May 13, 2021 08:49 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've been fighting rabbits for months now.  I've tried bad smelling granules (like Pete Xavier mentioned), a "no rabbits allowed" sign and finally the best solution was to build an inpenetrable wall by putting chicken wire on my wrought iron fencing to keep them out.  Working well so far.


I mention this story because I've heard people mention snake fencing before.  I suggest securing your perimeter with that type of fencing to keep all but the most determined snakes away.


May 13, 2021 04:10 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Get rid of every mouse, rat, small critters (get the plank and 5 gallon bucket).  Seal off every entry with 1/4 inch galvanized and steel wool.  No pet food, no bird food no fruit trees or vegetables left overnight on the ground. Cut back vegetation such as grass to be able to see them and they don't like travelling in the open.  Get firewood off the ground. Don't leave piles of things next to doors or on sides of house. 

Put up an owl bird house. They eat them. What are the native hawks near you?  


Gallon of clove oil, 2 gallons of cheap ammonia, and gallon cinnamon oil  order here:   Soak the oils in old rags and spray after ever time it rains the perimeter of the house. 

Trap them and drive them 30 miles away to open field.


May 13, 2021 05:25 PM
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May 13, 2021 04:54 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I never have and hope I never will encounter such a problem

May 13, 2021 04:47 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

No online dating, for starters.

We could vaccinate them! LOL LOL LOL

May 13, 2021 04:13 PM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Snake-A-Way (brand of snake repelling granules) is one way.

May 13, 2021 03:53 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

You have some good suggestions here, Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate 

I wish you all the best with this. 

I can't, or won't say what I am thinking about this. 

May 13, 2021 07:16 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


In Napa, raptors rule especially in the vineyards. We had resident owls in our acreage.  And many wineries have raptor bird houses, and they get all eat those critters, what they leave behind the TV (turkey vultures clean up).  Even in our marsh reserves which are near our home, there are raptor bird houses, so we see both bald and golden eagles...

May 13, 2021 08:27 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I have no idea did you try calling a pest control or google it?

May 13, 2021 06:23 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Yikes.  Move the house to a location with no snakes, like Hawaii!

May 13, 2021 09:09 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

a couple of king snakes

May 13, 2021 06:44 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

YIKES, I wouldn't go into the yard anymore if I saw this!   

May 14, 2021 06:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Nothing scares me more than snakes. Can't even bear to look at pictures of them. I know here in Charlotte there are companies that come and spray your land to keep them away.

May 14, 2021 06:38 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Best way would be to control any mice/rat population that may be in the area. Take away the food and they will move on. Luckily, copperheads are present in only a relatively small area of Florida. Unfortunately, often other harmless snakes like corn snakes are mistaken for them. 

May 14, 2021 05:30 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I'd check with some of your local pest control companies and see what they suggest.

May 14, 2021 05:07 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I have no clue but Debe Maxwell, CRS offered an interesting solution!

May 14, 2021 04:14 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I am not sure if this works or not, but it seems to say a bunch of what some others have posted, like Debe Maxwell, CRS. I found this with a quick search, Getting Rid of Copperheads. IF this doesn't work, you can always move to Hawaii or Alaska. They are venomous snake free.

May 13, 2021 09:52 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Move to where you don't have them is one option. What does a Copperhead fear? Order a bunch of those on Amazon.

May 14, 2021 02:49 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I do not think there is any proven way to keep them away. I lived in a remote area for many years and tried everything. Someone told me that horse hair keeps them away, but I am skeptical.

The best you can do is keep any food source, mice, rabbits, etc out of your yard. I tried chicken wire, but a Diamondback got stuck in the chicken wire and I had to pull it out.

Good luck.

May 13, 2021 06:54 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We have an old dog that does a great job of keeping snakes away, I hear that pigs do this too.

May 14, 2021 09:26 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Birds of prey excel in making snakes go away. Barring that, snakes sneak around and come and go as they please. Consider that they keep what they prey on in check (rats etc.)...That's all I know

May 14, 2021 06:21 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I don't have a clue BUT there's been plenty of suggestions

May 15, 2021 06:50 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I use a 4-10 shotgun.


May 15, 2021 10:30 AM