Snake Repellents That May be Worth Trying Out

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Snake Repellents That May be Worth Trying Out


Knowing how to trap or hunt snakes is a great skill to have if you want to eat them for your next meal.  However, if you are looking for a way to keep snakes at bay when they become a pest problem or potential threat, then repelling them may be a better solution.  Let’s take a look at a few options that may be just what you need to keep them away from certain areas.  While they are not guaranteed to work for every problem, every time, they are worth keeping in mind and trying out.

Garlic and Rock Salt


Some professionals suggest combining equal parts of garlic and rock salt, mixing thoroughly, and applying it to the perimeter or boundary you are trying to establish.  Something about the combination of these compounds is thought to be incredibly repulsive to snakes.  It is also thought that tossing a handful at a snake will cause it to pass out if the repellent touches their head.  The trick is to use fresh garlic that is pressed, and make sure to let the juices mix with the salt.

Crystallized Mothballs and Sulfur


Sulfur and mothballs interact to produce a scent that many snakes find very repugnant.  Just mix equal parts together and sprinkle around the perimeter of the area that you want to protect.  You should notice fewer snakes approaching the area, and chances if they get close, they will turn away. 

Cat Litter and Mothballs


This combination provides a potent one-two punch that can be an effective snake deterrent.  Snakes don’t like the smell of mothballs, and the particles in cat litter come into contact with their scales, and this impedes their movement.  Chances are that they will quickly turn away once they realize that crossing that barrier isn’t worth the inconvenience.  However, it’s recommended that a thick layer of the mixture is applied around the perimeter, so it requires quite a bit of material to be as effective as possible.

All three of these methods also lose their potency over time, and you will need to reapply these and similar repellents on a regular basis.  A good rule of thumb to follow is to reapply once you start seeing snakes showing up and crossing the perimeter with increasing regularity. 



If you are trying to repel a snake that is inside or too close for comfort, a spray solution can be an effective method to use.  One option is to mix equal parts of clove and cinnamon essential oil along with some water.  Adjust the potency as necessary as you see how effective the first few sprays are at repelling the snake.  Another option is to mix 2% eugenol, cinnamon or clove oil with 1% sodium laurel sulfate and the remaining percentage with water. 

In both cases, shake the bottles vigorously and spray numerous streams at the head of the snake.  You can also treat surfaces with these mixtures, but they will need to be reapplied on a regular basis as well.

These are just a few examples of many natural ways to repel snakes, and they provide a safe and potentially-effective alternative to using harmful chemicals.  Do some research, along with a little experimentation if the opportunity presents itself, and you will be able to quickly determine what treatments work best.