In the Mid-South, snakes have always been an issue. But, for a North Memphis neighborhood, it's not just a rare occurrence. Snakes are a real problem.
Gary Rhodes is a homeowner in the snake infested neighborhood. He says they used to have rats, but they do not see them anymore because the snakes have taken over.
Andre Clark Sr. says he finds dangerous snakes like Cotton Mouths and Water Moccasins under his home, some as large as six feet.
William Eggelston says he and his mother in law were sitting out in their yard when a big Copper Head showed up in the flower bed right beside them.
The source of the problem is vegetation behind their homes. The people who live in this neighborhood keep their yards mowed, but they can't do anything about the heavy growth behind their homes. It's like a jungle.
Whenever it rains the snakes come out and start moving towards the houses and the people. It's been going on for more than 20 years. No matter what the people do to stop the snakes, they keep coming.
"It's been here all the time and I called in and the city said, ‘nothing they can do about it.' They say us being homeowners, we have to take care of it ourselves. So, I put down sulfur, lime, moth balls, diesel, whatever I can find our think of to keep them down to help my grandchildren," says Tawana Smith.
Smith says she has killed at least a dozen snakes over the years to the point that the head of her hoe has broken off. So, with only a stick, Tawana Smith continues to battle what seems like a never ending stream of snakes with no end in sight.