Snakes, like any other living creature, are an essential part of the natural world. Believe it or not, they actually help control pest populations. But that doesn’t mean they are a pleasant sight when lurking near our homes. Although the occurrence of venomous snake bites is quite rare, they can be lethal and dangerous when they actually occur. Non-venomous snake bites can also be painful and potentially lead to infection or illness. Therefore, it is advisable to first eliminate all those factors that really attract them in the first place. So here are 5 natural snake repellants to avoid unforeseen encounters with these creatures!
Also, head over to this blog to read about to-dos and don’ts in the event of a snake bite.
1. Get rid of pests
Snakes and other reptiles are more likely to be found in pest infested locations. Naturally, these places will serve as a source of food for them. So it makes sense to get rid of these pests like lizards, insects, rats, etc. Once you remove the food sources that attract them to the habitats that support these pests, they will likely leave that area and move elsewhere in search of food sources.
2. Clear debris
Ideally, snakes are drawn to dark, damp places and have been known to live in crevices, crevices, and holes. Removing those spots will prevent snakes from settling in. We recommend that you repair any cracks and holes you find in your community after careful inspection. Repair damaged gutters, pipes, vents, or window and door screens. Anything near structures like mulch, bushes, firewood piles, etc., can harbor snakes or their food sources. Cleaning up debris around your buildings and homes can be one of the best preventative and natural snake repellants out there.
3. Practice regular gardening
Have you ever considered the possibility that your community garden is prone to snakes? Making changes to the landscape of your garden may be able to deter these snakes from entering. The length of the grass should always be short. You may also consider installing snake-proof fences. Using materials like eggshells and gravel around the garden area can make it difficult for snakes to get in. Also, avoid over-watering your lawn, as moisture could attract what snakes like to eat (rodents, frogs, insects, etc.). Alternatively, you can plant calendula, lemongrass, and wormwood, which are known to repel snakes. Mother-in-law’s tongue / snake is also a plant that is one of the effective natural snake repellants.
Four. Using natural snake repellants from your kitchen
The key to repelling snakes is in your kitchen too! Here are some natural products you can use to keep these slippery critters at bay:
- Garlic and onion – Like many creatures, snakes do not like the sulfonic acid in garlic and onions. You can use them by mixing them with rock salt and spraying or infusing them in oil for a few weeks, strain them and use this to spray around where snakes are known to hide.
- Clove oil and cinnamon – Clove and cinnamon oil can be mixed and sprayed directly on the snakes. However, this should be used with caution as snakes can run in the opposite direction of the spray.
- Vinegar – Vinegar works wonders at repelling snakes, especially around bodies of water. You can pour white vinegar around the perimeter of the pool in your community.
- lime – You can create a mixture of lime and hot pepper or peppermint snake repellent and pour it around the perimeter of your community or property. Snakes hate the smell of the mixture and the fumes also sting their skin.
- Sulfur and ammonia – Powdered sulfur is quite powerful when it comes to repelling snakes. You can put powdered sulfur around your home or property. This is really irritating to snakes when they glide on it. However, sulfur tends to give off a strong odor and a mask that covers the nose and mouth should be worn while wearing. Snakes don’t like the smell of ammonia either, so you can spray it in any potential areas where snakes tend to visit you.
5. Relocate snakes
If nothing seems to work, you can set non-lethal traps to catch the snakes and humanely release them in a new location away from your home. However, this is something that should be fixed by calling an expert. We do not recommend that you do this without an expert.
Chemical snake repellants are always available, but they can pose serious risks to people, pets, or the environment if not used correctly. You can read more here.