7 simple ways to keep snakes away from your home

They can be annoying or downright dangerous.

They say a good snake is a dead snake, but that can be a) dangerous and b) possibly illegal depending on where you live. However, it turns out there are plenty of easy ways to keep snakes away from your home so you don’t have to deal with them. Here are some tricks to try. 

1. Use ammonia

Apparently, snakes can’t stand the smell or fumes of ammonia. Try soaking a rag or cloth in ammonia, then putting it in an unsealed plastic bag. If you’ve seen a snake in your yard before, make sure the plastic bag is in the area of concern. Any unwelcome visitors will steer clear of the area around the bag to avoid the smell. 

2. Put vinegar around the edge of your pool

All snakes can swim, but not all humans want to swim with snakes. There’s an old wives tale that snakes can absorb liquid through their skin, which makes them highly sensitive to chemicals such as vinegar. Try pouring vinegar around the edges of your pool. Apparently, snakes are unlikely to slither through the vinegary surface, so they’ll stay away!

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3. Get rid of any mice or rats hanging around

Snakes are often attracted by the presence of mice and rats, which are one of their biggest food sources. You can try the usual methods of getting rid of rodents, from setting traps to safely baiting them (keeping the bait out of reach of any pets and children). When you’re confident the rodents are gone, clean up the areas they’ve frequented and get rid of any nests, mouse poo or smells. If you can get rid of their food source, you’ll keep the snakes away!

4.  Sprinkle some sulphur around your home

Apparently, snakes don’t like the sulphur and neither do the rats and mice they feed on! Try sprinkling some sulphur powder around your house, particularly the areas you’re most likely to find snakes. Just remember that sulphur powder can be toxic if consumed by kids or pets, so it’s best used where they can’t get to it.   

5. Clean up your yard

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From bricks and rocks to weeds and leaves, so many common items found in gardens can make perfect hidey holes for snakes. Now is the best time to get in and clean up all the places snakes could be hiding. Move piles of rocks and logs, mow your lawn, tidy up your gardens and get rid of the weeds. If there are fewer places for snakes to hide, there’ll be less chance of them hanging around.

6. Get rid of or move large areas of water

We already know snakes can swim but it turns out they actually enjoy it because it’s an easy place to find prey. This includes water sources such as ponds, pools, puddles and even bird baths. Try cleaning up the areas around your water features, getting rid of any unnecessary water sources such as buckets of water, or moving ponds and bird baths further away from your house.

7.  Block up any holes 

Each year, we hear about snakes being found in toilets, roofs and even in people’s beds! This is because snakes can squeeze through the tiniest of holes. Have a look around your property and make sure there are no holes in your roof or screen doors. Cover up any pipes that lead directly into or out of your house, and keep an eye out for holes in your bricks, floors, or garages that could provide an easy access point for snakes. 

Have you ever found a snake in your house or yard? Do you have a way to keep snakes away?