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Are you search for an effective snake repellent to protect your property? Various species exist in almost every parts of the world. If you have a yard with a variety of plants and insects, there is a good chance that you will eventually encounter snakes.

On the bright side, their presence indicates that you have a healthy ecosystem. The bad news is that having snakes around your home can be very dangerous. Not all species are venomous but it is still scary allowing them near our homes. If you encounter a problem, this page lists the best snake repellent for keeping them away from your home. Follow these simple instructions to get rid of them quickly, naturally and permanently!


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Step 1: Repelling Snakes through Prevention and Maintenance


Snakes are in search of a comfortable hiding place and a steady source of food. One of the best ways to repel snakes is to make your yard less attractive to them. You can achieve this by making it more attractive to yourself. This is a win/win situation!

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    A yard with lots of vegetation and brush piles has a strong chance of attracting snakes. Remove any piles of debris and trim overgrown vegetation.
  • Mow your lawn regularly because they love to hide in tall grass and weeds. It allows them to move around freely and provides protection from predators.
  • Store lumber and woodpiles at least 2 feet off the ground.
  • Place screens on your vents as an additional repellent.
  • Seal cracks in your house’s foundation, patio and other areas to prevent snakes from getting inside to these warm areas. They can crawl into the smallest holes and cracks in the foundation, waslls, windows and doors.
  • Consider removing bushes and other vegetation that are attracting animals.
  • Compost piles offer a great warm hiding place for snakes. They also attract rodents and insects. Try to store your compost in an enclosed container and/or turn it regularly.
  • Keep your yard free of birdseed, berries and nuts that have fallen from trees. These will also attract mice an insects.

These steps are critical in order to properly deter reptiles. Most people will overlook these suggestions. However, they provide an important foundation for the natural snake repellent we will talk about in a moment. The key to getting rid of snakes is to use an integrated pest management plan. This is an important first step in that plan.


Step 2: How to Get Rid of Snakes by Eliminating Their Food Supply


The attraction of food will almost always outweigh the power of a snake repellent. Therefore, repelling mice, crickets and other insects is one of the best ways to get rid of snakes. If the food supply moves on, so will the predators! The previous step will also help a great deal in getting rid of rodents and insects. However, if you want to get the job done quickly and naturally, here are two wonderful solutions:


For mice and other rodents:

I highly recommend this natural repellent if you are dealing with mice. Outdoor Mouse Magic repellent is a perimeter mouse repellent that makes your whole yard (and house) less appealing to rodents. It contains powerful yet non-toxic essential oils in a base of granulated corncobs. Just sprinkle it around your house to keep rodents away. You could also fill a spare sock to make an anti-rodent sachet for indoor use.


For crickets and other insects:

I’ve tested many different products for repelling insects and I keep coming back to one. Terro Ant Dust is my favorite outdoor solution for getting rid of pests such as crickets, cockroaches, ants, spiders, ticks, wasps and silverfish. This dust is waterproof and it won’t wash away in the rain!  Terro claims that it will remain effective for up to eight months but I typically like to reapply it every 4 months. It is perfect for crack & crevice treatments and also creating a perimeter to protect certain areas.


Step 3: The Best Snake Repellent

Ok, your yard is clean and the potential food supply is under control. Now it is the perfect time to use a quality snake repellent. This will give them the extra motivation they need to get the heck out of there quickly. As I mentioned in my video, I recommend using natural oils such as cinnamon or clove oil. However, I found this fantastic product made by Sweeney’s. It uses cinnamon, clove and cedar oil as active ingredients. In my opinion, these three ingredients form the absolute best repellent for getting rid of snakes.

Don’t just take my word for it. Check out the reviews here. This deterrent has better positive feedback than any other product I have ever come across.

It comes packaged in a shaker bag so you can simply sprinkle the granular repellent around the foundation of your home. You can also set up a barrier around your garden by sprinkling a perimeter of granules around the areas you wish to protect. This is the perfect solution for keeping snakes away.



How to keep snakes out of your garden

The tips we already discussed will help to keep snakes away from your garden. However, you can also use mesh hardware cloth as an additional way to keep them out. Enclose the entire garden and bury the material 4-6 inches deep. The height should be about 40 inches. This will be a pretty big project so I would only recommend this if you are dealing with a severe snake problem. However, if you are up for the task, it is a fast and natural way to get the job done.

I found a nice size roll of hardware cloth on sale (40% off)


Beware: Moth Balls and commercial snake repellents

Moth balls and some commercial snake repellents use naphthalene as an active ingredient. Naphthalene is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a possible human carcinogen. It is suspected to cause liver damage and anemia. These products may be somewhat effective for repelling snakes but they are also harmful to humans, pets and other wildlife. It is much safer and just as effective to use a natural snake repellent. Avoid using them around your home and garden at all costs.


A Few Closing Words About These Reptiles:

Snakes can actually be helpful to your backyard ecosystem if they are not posing danger to humans or pets. They help to control populations of other unwanted pests and insects. Having a few in your yard may be healthy for your lawn and garden. However, if you have children and pets, don’t take any chances. Please use these natural snake repellents to get rid of the danger immediately. Contact your local animal control services to obtain safety information regarding the species of snakes in your area.


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Thanks and good luck!



In case you missed it, here is the YouTube video that talks about snake repellents:


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