FINDING a snake in your backyard is something many people fear, but this could now be a thing of the past.
Brabham resident Matthew Frisina has developed a product that has just hit the market called Fence Finish trim panels, designed to prevent unwanted reptiles sneaking under fences.
“Snakes are a real problem with suburban areas encroaching on bushland,” he said.
“The Colorbond fencing used on new estates often has large gaps underneath which allow the passage of snakes.
“While working on this, I actually had one come into the backyard.”
An engineering design drafter by trade, Mr Frisina said the product was the |first of its kind.
“It’s simply a panel that fits to the bottom rail of Colorbond fencing, enabling the gaps under a fence to be sealed off,” he said.
“It fits on quite easily and is easy to retro-fit to Colorbond fences so they do not have to be pulled down.
“It has also been made to a certain depth so it can be buried into soil as well, which also stops pets digging under and escaping.”
Mr Frisina said he and Kelmscott-based business partner Stephen Wielstra covered anywhere from Yanchep to Mandurah.
“Customers have the option of installing it themselves, or we can do it for them,” he said.