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Although using dangerous chemicals for pest control is far from uncommon, there are solutions for people seeking a homemade snake repellent. Not every method will work, but you may find you’re able to keep snakes from your property if you utilize the following guidelines.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any single best snake repellent available in stores – some are toxic to pets and children, and others haven’t been proven effective. There are other options, however, including electronic snake repellers and the removal of suitable habitat on your property.
Snakes gravitate to where they will feel most comfortable, so you can try getting rid of conditions that suit their shelter preferences. Clearing out tall grass, rock piles and brushy areas will help you make your yard less attractive to wandering snakes.
Natural ingredients have been proven to keep snakes away. According to the University of Texas, all natural oils are used by U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services to repel snakes. Cinnamon and clove oils can be sprayed, once diluted by 1 gallon of water for every 6 drops. Strips of fabric and cotton balls can also be soaked in the oils and placed in problem areas.
If you’ve encountered snakes in your house, or you’re trying to keep them from coming in, the Humane Society offers some tips for snake prevention around the home:
Snakes aren't difficult to keep under control, so there's no need to resort to chemical solutions if you'd prefer not to.
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