Tips for Repelling Snakes

There is almost nothing less fun than working in the garden, peacefully, and being surprised by a snake. It’s enough to make you jump out of your skin! (Metaphorically, of course, not literally, like a snake.)

Most commercial snake repellents use the chemical naphthalene, which causes liver damage, anemia and is classified by the EPA as a Class C possible human carcinogen. So, those will definitely repel or even kill snakes, but they are also harmful to other animals, including you! It is possible to repel snakes the natural way.

There are several “mechanical” things you can do, as well as a variety of repelling substances you can deploy so that next time you’re out in the garden, you won’t have to worry about a snake!

All About Snakes

Snakes can be helpful, as long as they are not poisonous and aren’t hanging out right in the middle of where you are gardening. Snakes eat rodents like moles, voles, rats and mice that also wreak havoc in your lawn and garden. So, a few, non-poisonous snakes can be helpers in the garden. The key is making sure that any friendly snake habitats are well away from your garden. Sometimes, this might not be possible, in which case, you need repellents.

To find their prey, snakes use their highly developed sense of smell. They smell with their tongues, which is why you often see snakes flicking their tongues. They also sense the heat of other creatures nearby to locate prey. This makes snake repellents that affect the snake’s sense of smell especially effective. Only about 1% of snakes are poisonous, but if you have children and animals in your yard, you don’t want to take a chance with poisonous snakes or poisonous repellents.

How to Recognize a Snake Presence without Seeing the Snake

A telltale sign of a snake in the yard or garden, or at lease around the yard or garden, is a snake skin. Snakes shed their skins as they grow, so a snake skin in your yard may or may not mean that you have the around. They could be passing through. A high population of crickets, moles, voles, rats or mice can also be an indication that you will have a snake problem soon, if you do not already have one, as those animals are the main food source for many snakes. It helps to repel those rodents at the same time you work on repelling the snakes! Eliminating the food source goes a long way toward eliminating the problem pest.

How to Repel Snakes

Homeowners can take a number of steps to repel snakes from their lawns and gardens. First, try cultural control methods. This basically means, do not make the area immediately around your garden attractive to snakes for living, lounging or snacking. Clear away piles of debris and leaves from your immediate gardening area. Additionally, make sure there are no holes in the exterior walls of your house. Doing both will help keep snakes from residing in your yard, and it might just keep snakes from feeding in your yard.

An extreme measure to keep snakes out of the garden is to fence with hardware cloth, a mesh material, but the fabric must be buried at least four to six feet deep, and must be at least 38 inches tall. Unless you have a serious problem with snakes, this tactic is probably not worth the time and effort it takes.

Non-toxic Snake Repellent best for Snakes, Animals and People

If you have a problem with snakes in your yard, an all-natural snake repellent can provide you with piece of mind and keep the garden safer for humans and animals. I Must Garden’s granular snake repellent works to repel snakes from inside and outside the house. Simply sprinkle the granular repellent around the garden, sidewalk cracks and around the foundation of the house every three weeks or so and the snakes will get the message to stay away. You can also set up a barrier around your house or garden by sprinkling a perimeter of granules around the area. You can repel snakes the natural way, without toxic chemicals, and keep you, your garden and your visitors safe!

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