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There isn’t much that creeps me out. Snakes, though, they kind of unnerve me. I simply don’t like them. I much prefer they stay away from me and I stay away from them. However, dealing with them is sometimes a necessary evil.
While I don’t like snakes, I don’t care to kill them. They serve a purpose, I just want them to serve it somewhere other than near me. The problem is, putting something down that could potentially harm myself, my family or my critters really isn’t an option. Not only do I then have to worry about the wrong someone or something getting into it, I have to worry about what it could potentially be doing to the land. I believe we are meant to care for the land and scattering chemicals all over it doesn’t fulfill that obligation. Since I don’t like snakes, but I think I like chemicals even less, I need a natural way to repel them.
There are a few ways to naturally repel snakes. While adding a few of these options is your best bet, any one of them can help the problem a little bit.
How to Naturally Repel Snakes
Note: I commonly see people suggest mothballs. While these aren’t really natural anyway, please, don’t do this. Not only is it potentially illegal (using a product against label instructions is a crime) it can harm your children, pets, or other wildlife.
You can plant lemongrass around the perimeter of your buildings. This will help not only repel snakes, but repel mosquitos and ticks. It also has medicinal properties and can be consumed making it a great addition to any homestead.
- 10 Cloves of Garlic
- Garlic Infused Oil (HOW TO MAKE)
- Small glass jar
- Place a bit of water ( a couple tablespoons) in the bottom of a blender. Add the cloves of garlic and blend until you have a paste.
- Add the oil and blend up a bit more. Then, pour the liquid into a jar and keep the lid on for at least an hour before using.
- Put a couple of drops wherever you want to repel snakes. Doorways, windowsills, crawlspace entrances, around the perimeter of your home, wherever.
- You’ll need to reapply the solution if it rains or every 2-3 weeks for it to remain effective.
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While this can be incredibly invasive if not properly maintenance, it will repel snakes. It also repels several other insect, making it another beneficial addition to your homestead.
Clove and Cinnamon Oil
You can mix equal parts of these two potent essential oils together to spray around areas that need repelled.
Keep your yard mowed and your shrubs trimmed
If you have overgrown brush and grass, you’re much more likely to have snakes in your mix. Be sure to keep the grass short and all of your shrubs and the like appropriately trimmed.
Don’t give them a place to hide
If you have piles of wood, metal, junk, trash, or anything else a snake can hide under, they’re going to. Be sure to keep piles picked up and to a minimum. This will help you not have snakes hanging around to begin with.
Keep feed tightly enclosed
Snakes eat rodents. Rodents love to get into feed bins. Be sure to keep all feed, including pet food, in a tightly lidded container. This will keep the rodents away, not having rodents around will keep the snakes away.
Get some chickens, pigs, and/or guinea fowl
Choose some livestock critters, they’re beneficial in so many ways! Chickens, pigs and guinea fowl will all attack snakes. I hope to add guinea fowl to our homestead either this year or next in addition to our chickens! They’re great at eating up pests!
There are several ways you can naturally repel snakes, but these are the most effective, safest ways I’ve found. I hope some of this information can help keep the slithers away!