Does natural repellent against snakes really work?

Does natural repellent against snakes really work?

Does natural repellent against snakes really work?

The usual store-bought repellents are easy to use and safe.

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They work by interfering with the smell of a snake and discouraging it from nesting in your outer space. While store-bought anti-serpent repellents tend to be effective, natural or home-made anti-serpent repellents have a more unequal balance sheet.

Here are some natural repellants to be aware of. While they may be effective in some cases, there is no good science to back them up:


Naphthalene is an ingredient in several commercial repellents. If you want to save money, you can buy pure naphthalene and put it wherever you noticed snake activity.


Powdered sulfur can be an effective ingredient in snake control. As powdered sulfur irritates a snake's skin, it makes your property unattractive to them. The smell can be irritant, however, so make sure you wear protective clothing.

Clove & Cinnamon Oil

Clove and cinnamon oil emit strong scents and can deter snakes. For best results, mix them in a spray bottle and spray them anywhere you have noticed snake activity.

Garlic & Onions

Garlic and onions contain sulfonic acid, which can work against snakes. Combine chopped garlic and onions with rock salt and sprinkle around your house and yard to deter snakes.


Ammonia releases a strong smell that can deter snakes. Use ammonia-soaked cloths in plastic bags and put them anywhere you notice snake activity & replace them daily.


Standard white vinegar can repel snakes around waterways, especially swimming pools. Pour the right white vinegar any place where you noticed snake activity, like the edges of ponds and pools.


Lime mixed with hot pepper or peppermint oil can be helpful in deterring snakes. Blend the ingredients in a glass bottle and pour the liquid around the perimeter of your house or garden.