I write this after finding the third snake in my home over a period of 12 years. I guess that is a pretty good track record, but honestly, no snakes is my kind of track record…While rat snakes are not poisonous, they are still snakes and unwanted in my home.
My son (fortunately) was sound asleep in his room. I was up doing my nightly mommy routine and walked into the kitchen and gasped. There on the tile floor was a baby snake (Did I say he was 10 feet long? NOT REALLY! He was only about 10 inches;-).
Anyway, acting like the snake was 10 feet long, I ran outside on my porch looking for my shovel (I hate guns, but that would probably be a good idea, except I am not sure what would happen to my floor…). I could not find the shovel, but instead found a brick, and threw it on top of him. It squished him of course. But, there was a snake on my kitchen floor!
So, yes, in honor of finding a natural scorpion repellent, I searched for a natural snake repellent. This has not been tested by me, yet, but I will keep you updated as I experiment. Like I said, my goal is to never see another snake as long as I live in my home. 🙂 If you have used any of these remedies let me know how they worked! Or, if you have one I didn’t list, please help!
Natural snake repellents
Cinnamon and clove oil
This is probably the most common natural repellent for snakes. Mix equal parts of these two oils and spray them on your doorways or other areas they may be getting through and into your home. Of course, there is no science to this theory, but many claim this works to repel snakes. I am inclined to believe it.
This is my addition, simply because of the mixture of cinnamon and cloves. Thieves oil contains these two oils, so using a good, strong thieves oil, mixed with say a cup of vinegar and sprayed on doorways should do the trick. This could be a natural snake repellent, with added benefits.
Adding crushed hot peppers to your homemade spray with vinegar and essential oils should also help. According to some biologists, snakes have a tough, yet porous skin. They pick up the heat from peppers and they slither away. Even garlic may produce the same results.
Clean the clutter
I have noticed this on our porch. When there is a lot of clutter, baby snakes, in particular, like to hang out on our porch. If you want to give a snake, less of a chance to get into your home, clean up the clutter around your house. That way, they go and live in the clutter somewhere else.
Further, if you live on several acres or surrounded by wooded areas or fields, then keeping your grass mowed down around your house is the best solution. Snakes like tall grass and weeds, not to mention, trees with plenty of mulching.
Seal your doorways
I admit, my recent snake problem came because I need to replace my door. It is difficult to find handymen out in the country, and I was supposed to get my door fixed last week, but the handyman cancelled. Thanks a bunch, Mr. Handyman. Obviously, getting that door fixed is my top priority.
I am hesitant to add this, because I read an article written by a snake removal expert that swears it doesn’t work. But, I have heard that strategically leaving a moth ball where a snake will eat it, does poison them. Only, it doesn’t do it quickly. When the snake eats a mothball, it is poisoned from the inside out as it is digested. I am not sure I would use this if I still had a crawling baby, or a dog who might eat them.
Snakes don’t like sulfur, so if you sprinkle it around your doorways and such, they should be repelled by the “scent” on their tongue. You can find this on Amazon.
Yep. If you aren’t a big chicken like me, then you could get a snake trap and catch it. We have poisonous snakes, coral snakes and rattlesnakes here, so I seriously will not even try this. If you really have a serious snake problem, then getting a professional to remove a nest or snake may be the best option.
Let’s learn together and keep all snakes where they belong—outside! Leave a comment below and tell us what you think.