What Plant Snakes Are Most Attracted To In Your Yard

One of the best parts of having your own garden is the ability to plant whatever you like in it. Of course, there are some restrictions, such as your climate and the state of your soil. However, another thing to consider is what types of animals and insects may be attracted to certain plants. If you grow fruit-bearing plants, you may inadvertently attract snakes to your yard.

Depending on what growing zone you live in, there are plentiful options for growing fruit in a garden. Some easy fruit-bearing plants and trees include various berries, like strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and melons, such as cantaloupes and watermelon. Additionally, tomatoes, zucchini, and peppers are some of the top vegetables to grow in a garden. They are incredibly easy to grow, whether in pots or rooted in the soil. Pumpkins are another favorite that is pretty simple to care for. However, all of these plants can pose a problem when they invite snakes into your yard.

How fruit in the yard attracts snakes

Though fruit-bearing plants can attract snakes into the yard, it may not be in the way that you think. Snakes don't feast on the actual fruit. However, various types of rodents do, and snakes feed on rodents. According to pest control expert Ryan Smith, if you attract rodents to your yard, snakes will naturally follow (via Best Life.) "Many snake species feed on rodents, such as rats and mice," says Smith. "A high population of rats and mice in your backyard is like an open invitation for snakes."

Smith suggests attacking the rodent issue first before you go on snake control. "If you have an ongoing rodent infestation at home, it's best to control and treat it first with the help of a pest control expert," Smith advises. It also helps to promptly pick up any fruit that falls from the trees or plants so rodents don't eat it at night. This is also true with older fruit decaying in your lawn or garden.

Ways to snake proof your yard

If you are vigilant about maintaining your fruit-bearing plants, or you don't have any, consider what you leave outside in terms of compost and garbage. Though making your own DIY compost is beneficial and helps the environment, it can create a reliable food supply for rodents. Make sure all outdoor compost piles are covered so they don't become a mouse or rat's next meal. You can also buy vermin mesh to place around compost containers to keep them out. 

If you have bushes outside your home, make sure they are trimmed to a low point. Snakes like to hide and will settle in bushes and shrubs around the home and go unseen. If bushes and grass are trimmed down, you will be able to see slithering critters trying to go unnoticed. It also helps to add gravel or mulch underneath bushes. Snakes have a difficult time moving about along these surfaces. Finally, you'll also want to remove any standing water around your home. Snakes tend to gather in and around water sources. Once you cut off their water and food supply, they won't be as likely to make your yard their home.