Warm weather means it’s the time of year when snakes are active, emerging in search of food and to bask in the sunlight for warmth. Although most snakes you encounter are nonvenomous, there are a few venomous snakes in Georgia. While many people may not enjoy running into a snake near their home, they can be quite beneficial to have around. Snakes eat other problematic pests that commonly infest your home, such as rodents, making them a natural form of pest control. If the thought of a snake sharing your space still makes you uneasy, try these DIY snake repellent methods to keep your yard snake free.
A frequent ingredient in many commercial snake repellent products is napthalene. It is one of the most widely used repellents. If you don’t want to buy a commercial product, napthalene is the major component of moth balls. The odor of napthalene annoys snakes but does not kill them. Mothballs should be placed in any holes, gaps, or crevices on your property where snakes could be an issue. If moth balls are consumed, they can be toxic and dangerous to children or pets, so use caution or avoid using them if you have pets or children in your home.
Powdered sulfur is an excellent snake repellent. If you sprinkle powdered sulfur around your home and property, snakes will avoid it since it bothers their skin. Because sulfur has a strong odor, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when applying it.
Clove and Cinnamon
Clove and cinnamon essential oils are powerful snake repellents. For best efficacy, combine these ingredients in a spray bottle and spray directly on snakes. Caution is advised because snakes frequently run in the opposite direction of the spray. This mixture can also be used as a fumigant in a diffuser.
Garlic and Onions
Garlic and onions contain sulfonic acid, which repels snakes (the same chemical that makes us cry when we slice onions). For maximum effectiveness, combine this with rock salt and sprinkle around your home and yard. Infuse garlic into any essential oil and use to fumigate rafters, basements, and other difficult-to-reach areas.
Because snakes dislike the odor of ammonia, spraying it over any frequented locations is one alternative. Another approach is to soak a rag in ammonia and place it in an open bag near snake-infested areas to keep them away.
Vinegar repels snakes near bodies of water, particularly swimming pools. For a natural snake deterrent, pour white vinegar around the perimeter of any body of water.
Mix lime with hot pepper or peppermint and sprinkle it around the perimeter of your home or property as a snake deterrent. Snakes dislike the fragrance of the mixture, and the fumes irritate their skin.
Eliminate Food Sources
Remove Hiding Spots
Inspect the exterior of your home and property carefully and repair any cracks or holes you find. Repair any gutters, plumbing, or ventilation ducts that are damaged. Repair or replace any damaged window and door screens. Snakes will also seek refuge in wood piles and garbage piles. Store firewood in sealed, lockable wood boxes if possible. Remove any heaps of wood chip mulch, straw mulch, leaves, or other debris that may have accumulated on your land.
Garden on a regular basis to remove any snake attractants such as debris, holes, and overgrowth. Keep the grass short to eliminate snake hiding areas. Install snake-proof fencing consisting of steel mesh, plastic sheeting, or a capture net. If you do put up fencing, make sure it is flush with the ground, oriented outward, and at least 3 feet high and 4 feet deep. You can also use things that snakes find difficult to slither over, such as holly leaves, pine cones, egg shells, and gravel. Planting snake repellent plants, which provide a natural deterrent, is another option. Marigolds, lemongrass, and wormwood are some typical examples.