Organic Way to Repel Snakes


In spite of popular belief, snakes do not cause harm to gardens; in fact, most species hunt and kill various types of vermin, such as slugs, mice, voles, and beetles. Gardeners and their animals face a significant risk from venomous and nonvenomous snakes alike. Even nonvenomous snakes have the potential to bite or just terrify gardeners. There are many different kinds of snake repellents available for purchase, but only some of them are effective against particular species. Using natural methods, however, you may rid your garden of snakes of any kind.

Natural Oils

According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas in Austin, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services of the United States Department of Agriculture really uses all-natural oils to ward off snakes. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) discovered that cinnamon oil and clove oil, commonly known as eugenol, are useful in warding off some types of snakes. You may use essential oils as a spray by diluting them with around four to eight drops of the oil for every gallon of water, or you can carefully lay cotton balls or fabric strips that have been soaked with the oils in locations where snakes are likely to congregate.


There is no evidence in the scientific literature that any plants can deter snakes. Marigolds, on the other hand, have been shown by the Greenwood Nursery to be an effective deterrent against insect infestations in gardens by a number of different gardeners (Calendula officinalis). Marigolds are known to successfully ward off mosquitoes, which is an additional benefit of growing them.


Although the installation of a snake-proof fence in your yard or garden is likely to be the most expensive and labor-intensive approach for warding off snakes, it is also an effective, long-term solution that does not have any negative impact on the environment. The fence has to extend around 6 inches into the ground and slant outward at a 30 degree angle in order for it to be an effective snake deterrent. The use of heavy galvanised hardware cloth with a mesh size of 1/4 inch prevents the entry of serpentine pests.

Other Methods

In a manner comparable to fences, funnel traps provide organic gardeners a compassionate alternative for controlling snake populations. Some natural varieties of snake repellent rely on low-risk, environmentally safe ingredients that emit scents meant to confuse the chemosensory systems of snakes. In contrast, the majority of snake repellents that can be purchased in stores contain naphthalene, a chemical that is known to cause cancer. Maintaining neatly cut grass and a yard that is clear of brush heaps and other trash can deter snakes from making your garden their home.