When trying to get naturally rid of snakes, use a natural repellent such as naphthalene, cinnamon oil, clove oil, garlic, onion, lime, or vinegar. You could even introduce snake predators in your yard. If you are a farmer, you could use snake predators such as pigs, turkeys, or guinea hens.
This post will reveal several options for naturally getting rid of snakes in your environment. I will also outline some pointers on when to expect more snakes in your environment and why going the natural way is a good idea. Let us get to it!
How Do I Naturally Get Rid of Snakes?
One of the biggest myths about snakes is that they are all poisonous. Being a person who grew up in a snake-infested area, I know that it is not always dangerous. Although I respect your worries, getting rid of snakes does not have to be a tormenting experience for the reptiles.
Use Natural Repellents
Natural repellents are a great way to keep snakes off your environment while not harming them. Below, I will introduce your options when it comes to getting rid of snakes using natural repellents.
Get Rid of Snakes With Naphthalene
This is a common natural snake repellent, and you can find it in products such as Snake-A-Way or mothballs. Place your naphthalene product around your house, behind seats, or in-wall cracks.
I must warn you that this option comes with a terrible odor, and it might not be ideal if you have kids around. However, the pungent smell keeps snakes away without harming them.
Use Cinnamon and Clove Oil to Get Rid of Snakes
Here is another DIY repellent you can easily create. Mix cinnamon and clove oil together, then pour the mixture into a spraying bottle. Snakes detest this smell and will often run in the opposite direction from where the scent is emanating from.
Garlic and Onion Can Do the Trick Against the Snakes
The same sulfuric acid in onions and garlic that makes you cry when cutting them repels snakes. Mix the two with rock salt and apply the mixture around your yard, house, or hard-to-reach areas.
Lime and Vinegar Is Great Against Snakes in Your Yard
You do not have to use these two as a mixture. For the lime, mix it with hot pepper and pour the mixture around areas you think are snake-infested. The smell repels these crawling reptiles.
Vinegar works best around water bodies. You can pour a bit around your swimming pool or near your pond to keep off snakes.
If You Are a Farmer You Can Introduce Predators
For farm keepers, you can use pigs, turkeys, and guinea hens as snake predators. Though snakes try to steal chicken eggs, when the hens are alert, they fight to protect their eggs, making the snakes flee.
Reorganize Your Landscape
Snakes may frequent your yard because it has been in the same condition for years. This makes it easy for reptiles to find hiding places and create a home. An excellent place to check for snakes is where there are many debris and long grass.
To get rid of snakes, you could plan to do some thorough yard work and reorganize a bit. Install snake-proof fences, such as plastic sheets, catch nets, or steel mesh. Ensure that the fencing is angled outwards and flush with the ground.
Use Snake Repellent Plants
If you are thinking about reorganizing your landscape, maybe it is time you grew a whole different grass breed that naturally repels snakes. Lemongrass and wormwood are excellent plants you can plant around your garden's perimeters to keep off snakes. However, keep an eye on such plants as they can spread quite fast.
Eliminate Snake Hiding Places
If you do not want to redo your landscape entirely, you could still eliminate some snake hiding places. Since snakes prefer being in dark and damp areas, ensure you deal with such patches. Get rid of stone piles, straw mulch, leaves, and chip mulch. Clear out compost heaps and seal cracks or holes around your home.
Eliminate Sources of Snake Food
Snakes will keep hovering around so long as they have reason to do so. Their primary food sources are rodents, but they also feed on frogs, moles, insects, birds, and fish. Consider eliminating these food sources, and snakes will migrate to look for food in areas outside your home.
Relocate the Snakes
If none of these options work, you could try to relocate the snakes. If you know where they are, collect them carefully, place them in something like a bucket, and simply relocate them. Maybe across the river from where you live or some kilometers into the wild. If you are not familiar with handling snakes, ask a local animal expert for assistance.
Make sure not to drop them off close to a neighbor, you risk getting some awkward eye contact.
How to Navigate the High-Snake Season
Here are some tips that will help you navigate a high-snake season since you can never be 100 percent sure that they will never be in your yard again.
Get Familiar With Their Nature and Habitat
Before you try to avoid snakes altogether, it is best to understand them first. Learn which snakes are poisonous and which ones can you easily deal with. Get familiar with the areas they are likely to create a home. This will help you know where to look and how to respond when you come across them.
Cover up to Avoid Bites
If you live in a snake-infested area, always wear long shoes and long pants. This will help you avoid bites and help you deal with snakes while at the same time being protected.
Keep off Their Likely Habitats
Now that you know some of the places where snakes likely reside, steer away from such areas. If it is in your home or close to where you live, clear them out to avoid creating snake habitats around where you live.
Build Your Confidence but Keep Your Awareness
Unless you have had a bad encounter with snakes, most people fear them because of what someone told them. Some snakes are harmless, but you also need to build your awareness to differentiate one breed from another. Others get triggered by your fear. The calmer you are around them, the easier it will be for you to deal with them.
Clean Your Home and Car
Always stay in a clean environment. Snakes will not find a reason to hover around you if there is nothing for them to find. When dirt and litter are all over an environment, it first attracts rodents, which attracts snakes. By eliminating the root cause of the problem (in this case, rodents and insects) you avoid the hustle of having to deal with the snakes in the first place.
Why You Should Get Rid of Snakes Naturally
Calling a pest control company may be an easy way to get rid of snakes, but this does not mean that it is the best. Furthermore, it can cost money that you may not be willing to spend. However, natural ways of dealing with snakes come with the following advantages:
It Is More Budget Friendly
Many of the remedies you could use are readily available around the house. Onion, garlic, and cinnamon are items you probably already have available somewhere in your house.
Natural Repellents Are Available Everywhere
Take a stroll into any supermarket, and you will easily find a bottle of vinegar on the shelves and onions in the grocery area. If you think of tidying up your lawn, these tools are not hard to come by either. Your neighbor might even have a few you could borrow.
It is good etiquette to tell your neighbors that you have cleared some hiding places for snakes, as they might want to do the same to avoid having the snakes move there.
Natural Repellents Are Better for the Environment
Most pesticides are not entirely environmentally friendly, and you might want to avoid using them as they can do more harm than good. Natural repellants are, as you know, part of nature.
You do not need a whole list of chemicals to deal with snakes. However, simple activities such as clearing debris and making use of natural repellents such as cinnamon and vinegar is a way to get rid of snakes.
Sure, getting rid of snakes naturally might not always be as effective as calling a pest control company, but it is better in many ways. You could always try the natural way as the first step towards a snake-free yard, and call pest control if it does not work out. You now know what it takes to get rid of snakes naturally!