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What Are Good Snake Repellents?

Snakes have an organ called "Jacobson's organ," which they use, in addition to their tongue, as a smell receptor. They are repulsed by strong odors and will leave the area if a strong odor is detected. In addition to using a snake repellent, keep grass cut short and clean up any junk piles that may provide a place for snakes to hide.

Moth Balls

Moth balls work as snake repellents, but they are toxic to people and domestic animals.

Over-the-Counter Sprays

Products such as Liquid Fence Snake Repellent provide an environmentally friendly solution that is safe and effective (see link in Resources).

Cinnamon Oil

Essential oil, such as cinnamon oil, is ideal for repelling snakes from small areas, such as a garage or crawl space. Saturate a sheet or towel in the oil and place it in the area.

Cat Litter

A thin layer is an effective repellent because the small granules become embedded in the snake's scales.


Sulphur can be purchased at farm supply stores. Simply sprinkle it around the fence line or the foundation of your house or barn. Sulphur is not recommended if you have pets or small children.


Cats patrol the yard and work to control the mice population. Since mice are the main attraction for snakes, they will not come to the area if no mice are present.

Snake Repellent For Outdoors

You can keep snakes away from your home and yard by making the area unappealing to them and the mice they eat. Seal cracks around your home’s foundation as well as any in patios, porches or stoops. Seal garbage cans, and store outdoor pet foods and bird seed in metal containers with lids to avoid attracting mice and other prey animals to your yard. Remove any woodpiles, stacked stones or leaf piles around your property that could provide shelter for snakes or rodents, and keep your grass short so that snakes cannot use it as cover when moving from place to place.

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