A snake fence is the only guaranteed way of keeping the slithery pest out of your garden.
You may try traps, deterrents or even wildlife control but they will only have limited success.
The snake fence is secure, will last for many years and works 24/7 throughout the year.
Our clients have great success with snake fences, and we advise that you follow a few rules to get it right.
To build a snake fence on your property, you will need to:
- Dig deep for success
- Use vinyl to stop them climbing
- Eliminate all gaps
- Remove any external aids
- Be vigilant with your maintenance
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
Dig deep for success
Snakes are very adept at getting under any fence.
They will find the slightest gap to slide under the fence and into the garden.
We recommend burying the base of the fence in a barrier of concrete.
Dig a trench about six inches deep and of the same width. Fill it with concrete and cover the base of the fence. The base should go about an inch or two into the concrete.
If using a wooden fence treat the wood with sealants and use pressure-treated wood too.
The best fencing option to prevent material damage is vinyl.
Use vinyl to stop them climbing
Speaking of vinyl, we find it to be excellent as a snake fence material.
Your snake fence will need to enclose your property to be successful and be tall enough to stop the snake climbing.
The surface of a vinyl privacy fence will keep the snake from climbing up and over and onto the property.
A skilled fence installer may slope the fence outwards to ensure the snake falls off when climbing.
A wooden fence offers the snake too many opportunities to get a grip when climbing.
Vinyl privacy fencing is the only option.
Eliminate all gaps
Your sneaky snake will simply slide through the slightest gap.
This is why we recommend the vinyl privacy fence and the burying of the base in a layer of concrete.
What you should do is eliminate any gaps. Ensure the fence panels fit tightly to the posts. Clients often ignore gate posts, and the snakes slip in the smallest of holes.
A good tip is to have one person go around the fence at night with a flashlight. At the same time, you walk around inside the fence. If you spotlight shining through, mark the spot and fill the gap.
If you can see a gap, then the snake will too.
Remove any external aids
You may have the best snake fence possible, but the snakes are still getting into the property.
A tree growing close to the fence may be giving them away over the structure. Get permission and trim the overhanging branches.
A storm drain is an obvious way for a snake to slip in, so keep them covered.
A high, well-sealed, vinyl privacy fence will keep the snakes out, but keep an eye on the external aids too.
Be vigilant with your maintenance
A good maintenance policy is vital to the success of any DIY fence install.
You should always treat the fence and keep it free of termites and fungi.
With a snake fence, you will need to keep an eye for new gaps in the fence. You should also fix any damage immediately to prevent holes appearing. The concrete under the fence may crack in cold weather, so keep an eye on that too.
Maintaining a vinyl fence is easy, but you need to be vigilant with snake fences.
At Fence Supply Online we know a thing or two about fencing.
Vinyl privacy fences are an excellent way of keeping the yard snake free.
Our Draw It & Quote It software will help you plan the fence.
Call us today for all your fencing needs.