Smells That Repel Snakes

For some, the sight of a snake in or around the house is a nightmare. Ophidiophobia, or the fear of snakes, is one of the most well-known fears in the United States. Over 54 percent of individuals carry some sort of snake phobia. Researches show that practically all of us have this phobia since it is intrinsic, passed down from our ancestors as a feeling that kept them invigorated. 

Some of the most dangerous species of snakes have amazingly incredible venom that is poisonous enough to kill a creature as big as an elephant in a matter of seconds. But the chances that you will find any such snakes in your yard or nursery are extremely rare. 

The probability of finding a snake in a residential area is essentially dependent upon the location of the area where you live (north versus south);  surrounding landscape, the nearness of a water source; and your nursery or garden design. If you find a snake in or around your home, the first thing to do is to keep calm and follow the tips below:

Smells that snakes hate:

Essential Oils 

While a lot of cash is spilled on various snake repellents, a few essential oils have proven successful in deterring snakes and keeping them away from your gardens. Cinnamon oil and clove oil, otherwise called eugenol, successful in repelling a few snakes. Apply essential oils as a spray,  around 4 to 8 drops for each gallon of water, or carefully place cotton balls or soaked with the oils around snake-inclined zones 


The sharp and unpleasant smell of ammonia is proven to work exceptionally better. Ammonia is a solid and impactful gas that is easily dissolvable in water. Please bear in mind that ammonia is equally dangerous for humans too. Swallowing or breathing of ammonia can pose serious dangers to your health. Similarly, it might also kill snakes which wont be a humane thing to do. 

Mustard Gas 

There is nothing stronger than the smell of bleach also known as Mustard gas. Many vets suggest bleaches, since bleach and daylight/UV are the things that kill IBD. Chlorine (dye) whenever used properly will dissipate away close to drying, so dilute nice, wash well and you are good to go. 


Vinegar is also found to be effective at repelling snakes close to waterways including pools. Pour white vinegar around the edge of pool or any other water source for a characteristic snake repellent.  Snakes don't like the smell of the blend and the fumes are also itchy to them so it effectively deters them. 


Powdered sulfur is a non-lethal repellent, however you'll need to cover your nose, as the smell of the sulfur is horrid.however, sulfur alone cannot repel snakes completely. 

Cayenne pepper 

An all-regular snake repellent that is strongly prescribed is a mix of cinnamon and clove oil. This oil, when showered on a snake, will make them escape. A stunt that many individuals found effective is to add the mixture into a container and spray all around the sides of the home. 

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