How To Keep Snakes Away From Your Property: 5 Foolproof Methods

by John Griffith

Snakes can seem quite scary with their scaly, legless, slithering bodies. And while most tend to be harmless, some even beneficial to the garden, it’s best not to risk it, especially if you are unsure of what type of snake you are dealing with. But even if they won’t hurt you, it can still be quite off-putting to have them slithering around your yard. Sadly, your garden looks very appealing to these reptiles. All that shade, landscaping, and natural water sources are every snake’s paradise. That’s why it is important to take protective measures. Today, we will show you how to keep snakes away from your property, so you can enjoy your garden all to yourself.

Snakes can seem quite scary with their scaly, legless, slithering bodies

snake slithering in grass

How To Keep Snakes Away

While most common snakes don’t represent any danger to humans, they can still be quite the nuisance. Especially, if you have curious kids or pets. Keeping snakes for the sake of natural pest control is simply not worth the risk of a potentially deadly bite. On the bright side, there are many ways you can keep these reptiles at bay. By preventing them from entering your property you won’t have to worry about jump scares or bites!

Keeping snakes for the sake of natural pest control is simply not worth it

garter snake in leaves

#Use repellents

There are a ton of natural repellents that will keep snakes at bay. You can plant snake repellent plants, like lemongrass and marigolds. Or you can use several other natural products, if you don’t have the garden space to grow more plants. All you need to do is use the repellents around the perimeter of your property, This means along the edges of your house, pool, and any place you have noticed snake activity. Some natural repellents include ammonia, sulfur, vinegar, lime, naphthalene, and garlic.

Sulfur is potent and great at keeping snakes at bay

yellow sulfur powder

#Encourage natural predators

Like every animal, even snakes have a few natural predators. These predators will help keep the snakes far away from your property. Some common predators you can add to your garden are cats, pigs, foxes, turkeys, and raccoons. By keeping these animals around your home, you will be able to scare snakes away. You can also encourage them to visit by putting out food for them. Snakes will try to stay away as far as possible from your home as they will sense the smell of these predators and know there is trouble near.

If you have a cat let it roam in the garden 

how to keep snakes away cat in the garden yawning

#Remove food and water sources

The more food and water sources you offer in your garden, the more you will interest snakes to come and visit. So, by removing any possible sources you will encourage these reptiles to move along and find another place where they actually is something to eat or drink. Remove any standing water in your yard, maintain ponds and faucet, and water plants in the morning. When it comes to food make sure that there are not a lot of mice, lizards, frogs, insects, and other things snakes like to eat running around your property.

Remove any food sources like mice

mouse in between cracks

#Keep up with garden maintenance

As we mentioned, snakes love a shady place to hide. Which means that tall grass, uncut shrubs, and large rocks are exactly what they are looking for. That’s why it is very important to keep up with garden maintenance. Make sure you trim your shrubs bushes and trees underneath and keep your grass neat. Clean yard clutter, like pots and rocks, as they are potential hiding places.

Mow your grass on the regular

person mowing the lawn

#Set a trap

If you are absolutely sure that the snake you saw in your garden is harmless, then you can set a trap. There are plenty of traps you can buy to help you catch the snake and release them later on somewhere faaaaar away from your property. However, this should only be done if you know the snake isn’t harmful. If you are not sure, then maybe it is best to call a professional to deal with it.

Here is how to trap snakes

These were the best methods on how to keep snakes away from your home and garden. We hope you found this article useful. Now you won’t have to worry about these long, scaly reptile hanging around your property.

These were the best methods on how to keep snakes away from your home and garden

how to keep snakes away garter snake on rock

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John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.