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    critters in my greenhouse

    well, I have black widow spiders like crazy in my greenhouses, and today I saw the shed skin of a snake in there as well. I haven't seen the snake yet, but now I'm afraid to reach my hand in my plants to trim them or repot them! I don't use any chemicals on my plants except occasionally Neem oil if I need to kill some aphids, so what can I do to get rid of these unwanted pests? I don't mind all the frogs and lizards, but something poisonous - no way.

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    Well, I think frogs and lizards are probably your best defense against things like spiders, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were what was attracting the snakes too. Tough break - you're really between a rock and a hard place. A pet mongoose is out of the question, I take it?
    I've built habitat gardens for people before to attract snakes; around here they're great for controlling rodents and such. (And for mosquitos, dragonfly gardens - much more beautiful than bug zappers.) Maybe you could do some research on local snake species (or whatever the skin came from, if you can ID it) and build an inviting trap so you could remove them? Or, if you can find a safe snake that occupies a similar niche to poisonous varieties, you might be able to squeeze the undesired one out by introducing a territory competitor.
    I'm guessing you've come to terms with the black widows, but the same principle applies; if you can find a predator species, build a little habitat and invite them into your greenhouse as a control. There's always the vacuum-cleaner method, too, but you might want to rig some sort of special attachment so as to not rough up your plants too much.
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    the spiders actually bother me more than the snake (unless the snake turns out to be a rattler). The skin was small, so its a baby. I'm used to things like this making homes in the greenhouses during the winter because its warm. I haven't got bitten yet, but they have landed on my hands, and they are supposed to be extremely poisonous. I really enjoy the frogs and lizards being in there. These spiders are too big (and poisonous) to be eaten by a frog or lizard though.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souther...atural_enemies?
    If anything, you'll need to employ dumb predators, as while consuming a black widow isn't lethal to most creatures, it is followed by a period of unpleasant illness. Larger critters are probably advisable as well, as you pointed out. Toads, maybe?
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    Move up north. We don't have critters!

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    speak for yourself Jim, we got rattlers and black widows here
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    He is mistaken, we have venomous snakes like rattlers and black widows here too.

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    but unlike you im less than 60 miles from the Canuck border........have to say though my wife hates the cold she refuses to move to a warmer state cause the bugs are to big
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