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How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Yard

Is there anything creepier than having a snake sneak up on you? Use these clever hacks to repel snakes and keep them away from your house, yard, or campsite.

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
2-minute read
Keep away snakes

If you live in an area where snakes are common, chances are high that at some point, you may have walked out into your yard to find an unwelcome guest! Many people are afraid of snakes, and it can be hard to think clearly when these pests appear on your doorstep. So this week, we're here to share four handy tips to keep snakes away from your home so that you and your kids can rest easy. 

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  1. Use the hose
  2. Make your own snake repellent
  3. Break out the condiments
  4. A hairy solution

How to chase a snake away

If you spot a snake you suspect could be venomous, make sure to call animal control immediately. But if you know it’s a non-venomous snake and you just wish it would go away, chasing it off can be as easy as reaching for the hose. Spray the snake until he slithers away, hopefully before you get the creeps.

Keep in mind that having a resident non-venomous snake or two in your yard or garden can be a good thing! They eat garden-destroying pests like slugs, insects, and voles. The vast majority of snakes are non-venomous and harmless to humans. 

DIY snake repellent

If snakes seem to always find their way into your yard, keep them away with ammonia. Snakes hate the smell and won’t come near it. Soak rags in ammonia and place them in unsealed plastic bags. Leave the plastic bags where you usually see the snakes, and they won’t come back again.

Keeping snakes away from your pool

To keep snakes and even bugs like flies away from your pool, pour white vinegar around the perimeter. Snakes can absorb liquids through their skin, and won’t slither over the vinegar. Meanwhile, it’s same for kids and pets!

Another way to keep away snakes

Believe it or not, snakes dislike humans just as much as we dislike them. To keep snakes out of your yard, it can be as easy as letting them know humans live there! To do this, save the hair from your hairbrush and sprinkle it around the perimeter of your property. Snakes will smell the hair and keep away.

Check out more ways to keep pests out of your yard on our Bug and Pest Natural Remedies board on Pinterest. 

The suggestions offered here are for informational purposes only.  The Authors and Publisher do not accept liability for damages arising from the use, attempted use, misuse or application of any of the suggestions included on this website.

About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.

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