Asked July 30, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

We have had close to four dozen copperheads in or within a few feet of our yard in a month. We suspect they're after insects.
The yard is not very big, so the snakes are a hazard. Also, as you probably guessed, the house is in the country.
Thanks in advance for your advice for how to deal with this problem.

Lavaca County Texas

1 Response

Snakes follow habitat. Control the habitat and the snakes will be controlled too.
Cut the grass, remove wood/brush/stone piles, and other structures that provide "cover".
Copperheads do eat cicada but their diet focuses on rodents, frogs, and similar sized creatures. You can also put up a drift fence to direct snakes away from an area that you wish to protect. Visit for info on the drift fence.