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How to prevent snakes from climbing brick walls?

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Old Wednesday 6th April 2016, 22:45   #1
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How to prevent snakes from climbing brick walls?

So I usually leave snakes alone. I find them all the time in the garden, such as flathead snakes and/or earth snakes. But I had a bit of an incident last year. There is always a barn swallow nest on my front porch. Near it the brick comes to a right angle, and in the vertex of the angle is a 1/4 inch irrigation line. I suspect this is where the snake climbed up although I'm not sure. One night I came out to a 3 1/2-4 feet long ratsnake IN the nest and is in the process of eating one of the barnswallows. I had to eliminate this transgressor.

I didn't think the barnswallows would come back; it took them a long time. I thought they could maybe smell the snake from before and was contemplating knocking the nest down and hosing everything off. However, a new resident has recently shown up. So I'm wondering if there is any sort of apparatus I could install so as to prevent any snake from climbing up the wall again.

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Hello and welcome to the forum on behalf of the staff and moderators. You might try and put some very small hole (1/4 inch) wire fence type material at the bottom and top of the pipe. That might help?
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