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How to Repel Snakes From Yards

By Barbara Fahs ; Updated September 21, 2017
Sign at Ano Nuevo State Park warning to protect endangered snake.

Poisonous snakes are the last thing you want to find coiled up under your prize rose bush or anywhere in your yard. Some snakes are beneficial: the gopher snake can help keep pesky critters under control and the colorful king snake is said to dine on rattlesnakes. Snakes are not harmful to any of your plants, but venomous species can present a hazard to pets and other small animals. If you deny snakes the food and shelter they need, you will be a step ahead in repelling them from your property.

Learn about the species of snakes that exist in your region. Many snakes are beneficial and some are threatened or endangered—if they aren’t doing any harm, don’t harm them.

Make your yard into a no-snake zone by denying these creatures the types of habitats they favor. Seek out sheltered places and remove any metal cans or other objects where they might take cover. Also remove or clean up areas such as stacks of firewood, rocky areas and any other habitats that are cool and damp.

Control mice and other snake food sources by setting traps.

Capture snakes by sweeping them into a bucket with a broom, if possible. Then release them far from your home and any other homes.

Purchase an electronic snake repellent. The pulsing vibration can be helpful in repelling these creatures.


Things You Will Need

  • Protective shoes
  • Long pants
  • Mousetraps
  • Electronic snake repeller
  • Mortar
  • Hardware cloth
  • Steel wool


  • If you store firewood 12 inches or more above ground, the woodpile will not become a home to snakes.
  • No commercial products such as poisons exist that are effective against snakes.


  • Be very careful when you handle any type of snake. Even if you think it is not venomous, you could get a nasty surprise if it turns out to be one of the dangerous species.
  • Some snakes are threatened or endangered, so use good judgment in your control efforts.

About the Author


Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens" and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to "Big Island Weekly," "Ke Ola" magazine and various websites. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts from San Jose State University.