Whether a garter snake is in your house or your yard, removing garter snakes gives some people peace of mind. Although they can bite people, these non-venomous snakes only eat small animals, including aquatic invertebrates, worms, small lizards, baby birds and small mammals. Garter snakes grow up to 3 feet long, but their girth remains narrower than most snakes. With more than a dozen species throughout the United States, these common snakes keep small pests under control and should not be bothered, if possible.

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Garter snakes balance the ecosystem as predators and prey.

Inside

Step 1

Create a 2-foot by 2-foot square using a glue gun or a staple gun to attach glue traps to a firm surface such as plywood.

Step 2

Lay the trap against the wall where the snake will likely cross.

Step 3

Check the trap at least once a day.

Step 4

Move the entire trap outside once the snake is caught.

Step 5

Pour vegetable oil on the garter snake to break down the glue and release it.

Outside

Step 1

Construct two sets of mesh fencing at least 2 feet high and long enough to parallel the width of the area where the snake has been located.

Step 2

Place the fences in a "V" shape but leave a 1-foot gap between the two fences. The fences funnel the snake to the gap.

Step 3

Bury a large bucket until the rim is level with the ground.

Step 4

Cover it with a material such as a mat or cloth, which easily falls into the bucket.

Step 5

Check the bucket often because other animals may fall into this trap. Garter snakes may also fall into the trap without the material.

Step 6

Wear thick gloves to pull the snakes out of the bucket for relocation.

Step 7

Remove the trap as soon as it has served its purpose to avoid trapping other animals.