Living in a desert climate can provide you with scenic vistas and clear skies, but the desert also harbors some dangerous creatures. Homeowners living in desert areas know that rattlesnakes can be a serious hazard. While encountering a snake out in the wild can be an experience to remember, few people want to encounter a rattlesnake in their own backyard.
Here are two ways you can modify your existing fencing to help keep rattlesnakes out.
1. Have a fencing company extend the bottom portion of your fencing.
With over 8,000 people in the U.S. bitten by venomous snakes each year, keeping rattlesnakes out of your yard is an easy way to help protect your family. To prevent rattlesnakes from creeping underneath your fence and into your yard, it can be beneficial to work with a fencing company to extend the bottom portion of your fence.
If your property line is located along concrete curbing, a fencing contractor can easily add vinyl slats that will bring your fencing flush with the concrete and prevent snakes from gaining entry.
If your property line is located along gravel or dirt, then the fencing professional will need to dig a trench to allow a mesh barrier to extend into the ground. This will prevent an access point from opening up for snakes due to wind erosion or rodent activity. By extending the bottom portion of your fence, you can easily deter rattlesnakes from entering your yard.
2. Reinforce your fencing where it meets buildings or block walls.
Many fences come into contact with the walls of a home or the block walls of a neighbor's fence. These can serve as access points for snakes to gain entry into your home.
Rough surfaces, like the surface of a brick home's exterior, allow snakes to climb up walls and over existing fencing. Working with a fencing contractor to eliminate access points where your fencing meets a rough wall can help keep dangerous snakes out of your yard.
The fencing contractor will install a foot-wide barrier made from smooth metal flashing or wood. This barrier creates a ledge that will force the snake to lean away from the wall, lose its grip, and fall safely outside the bounds of your yard.
Living with snakes may be inevitable when you reside in a desert area, but you don't have to give these snakes a free pass to your yard. Work with a professional fencing contractor such as Phoenix Fence, Co. to design (or modify) fencing that will help you keep rattlesnakes off your property.