How To Repel Snakes From Your Yard

May 11, 2020 | Joshua Fleming

How To Repel Snakes From Your Yard

Snakes can slither into your life whether you live in the city, out in the sticks, or in suburbia, there's no hiding from the. Learning how to repel snakes from your yard is of high importance if you live in a snake prone area. 

Especially if you're elderly and like to garden, or have chickens, dogs, birds as pets that regularly play in the backyard with your children.

While snakes bites and deaths from snake venom is quite rare, the fear of snakes is high up the list for the majority of homeowners. It comes as no surprise really as it is one of the most common phobias we learn from a young age. So learning the different ways of repelling snakes from you property is the best way to give you and your family peace of mind.

If Snakes Are Afraid of Us, Why Bother Trying To Repel Them?

No matter how many times I hear people say that snakes are more afraid of us then we are of them I still can't ignore that animals are more dangerous when they're afraid.

When you equip that animal with life threatening venom, it's no surprise as to why we are naturally afraid of them. One bite from a venomous snake can quite literally put you on the ground faster than you could even think about ways to escape.

Thankfully there are a number of ways to help repel snakes that doesn't require you to stamp your feet as hard as you can every time you step outside. While this can prevent startling a snake, there's more you can do to deter them from even entering you yard. 

Even just doing one of the following methods to deter snakes will decrease your odds of having the slithery creatures in your yard. However, combining some of these ideas will further decrease your chances.

So there are a number of things you can do but it can get overwhelming with all the different info out there. With that in mind, it's time to find out just what are the best ways to repel snakes from your yard.

How To Keep Snakes Out Of Your Backyard

There is a lot of information online about how to keep snakes out of your backyard which makes it difficult to get the information you need. This is why I felt like I need to put this guide together to help inform you on how to repel snakes from your yard and keep your family safe.

Prevention Is The Best Way To Repel Snakes From Your House

Solar-Powered Vibration Snake RepellerHow To Repell Snakes With Ultrasonic Vibrations

Whether you believe that vibration pulses deter snakes or not, I'm a firm believer of implementing preventative measures. The Snake-Away solar repeller is my personal favorite methods of deterring snakes from my backyard. 

I consider the use of vibration devices a preventative measure when it comes to dealing with snakes in the yard. They can help deter snakes from entering your yard, but they won't kill the snake or get rid of a nest of snakes currently built up under your deck. 

If your snake problem is that bad already, I highly recommend you send in a professional snake catcher to remove the nest.

How They Work

For what they're worth, the peace of mind and the fact they're easy to install and offer a wide range of protection, its a no brainer to set a few up around the yard. Having something that will protect your whole yard or at the very least intimidate any snakes from entering is welcomed around my house.

The technology behind this is fairly simple and it's that snakes are deterred by the vibrations the Snake-Away send out. These vibrations make the snake think there's a larger predator in the yard and it in the snakes best interest to stay away. 

A snake won't typically attack unless it feels threatened, so by installing a device like the Snake-Away, you are keeping the snake at bay. The snake can feel the vibrations and will be alerted of danger. It follows the same principal of stamping your feet loud on the ground.

Must Be 400HZ-1000HZHow To Repel Snakes From Your Yard

But with the Snake-Away, you have the ground thumping protection 24/7 to make the snake feel very cautious about entering your yard as its been put off by the sensation of potential large animal vibrations.The pulse needs to be between 400hz and 1000hz to be effective against a snake.

A big part of the reason why this works is that the snake detects this vibration and they think it's a far larger animal/machine that could potentially threaten them. It emulates the vibration of a herd of elephants which even something like a King Cobra wouldn't take on.

Snakes Don't Like To Waste Venom

Venom is not easy to create as it uses precious energy sources to produce, so a snake will not go out of its way to waste venom on an animal/person that they feel threatened by or don't see as a meal. As snakes generally only strike out to protect themselves, and for food, they won't enter your yard if it sounds like a herd of elephants are roaming around. It's not in the snakes interest, waste of energy and venom.

Solar-powered snake repellers produce the vibration frequency that deters them, so it is safe for your kids and dogs to play in the yard while the solar repeller is doing its job. As a result, you get to keep the danger out while keeping your loved ones safe.

Utilizes A Reliable Power Source

Unlike other types of repellents on the market that require powders, chemicals, standard batteries and electrical leads, being solar-powered negates this.

So you can have protection 24/7 since the built in rechargeable battery is being charged all day in the sun and holds enough charge to easily be able to protect your house at night. Hassle and maintenance free way to repel snakes from your yard.

Manually Remove Snakes From Your Yard

While we can prepare and implement preventative measures, snakes will always find a way onto your property. An easy way to remove a snake from your yard is to call a professional snake catcher in.

This is the safest way, but not necessarily the most affordable method, especially if you have snakes popping up on a regular occurrence.

What you can do to keep the costs of a snake catcher down is to buy your very own professional snake catching tool. With a tool like this, you can remove snakes from your yard without the hassle and expense of sending in the professionals. Of course this is subject to your level of fear of snakes, if the shear sight of a snake paralyzes you, then this method is not a good route to take.

 

Alternate Ways To Protect Your Yard From Snakes

Something that a lot of people don't know is that there are a number of things you can do in your yard that will help prevent snakes from entering. Some of these are easier than others and will help with keeping snakes out of your yard.

A lot of people have things in their backyard, it's just a fact of life for most people. The thing with this is that it often looks like an inviting home to a snake so it's best to try and not have such things in your yard.

Things like rock walls and shelter like piles of rubble make for great homes for snakes so removing them will help with keeping snakes out of your yard.

Things To Deter Snakes In Your Backyard

Grow These Plants To Deter Snakes

For centuries people have been growing particular types of plants that repel snakes. While there isn't a huge amount of scientific research to back up these claims, there is absolutely no harm in growing plants in your yard.

Keep Your Grass Short!

Mowing your lawn not only makes your yard look nicer but it also helps keep snakes out of your yard. Snakes don't like to be seen and having long grass is the perfect way for hiding so mowing your lawn short is a great way of keeping them out of your yard.

You might be noticing a pattern here with what snakes like and don't like and the common thing is that snakes want to hide. So creating a clearing around your house removes there ability to hide which in turn keeps them away from your house.

One thing I recommend is to do a full inspection of your home and search for potential entrances to your home that might look inviting to a snake. Holes in doors and windows or things that don't close all the way are things you will want to seal to keep snakes out of your yard.

Snake Hiding In Grass

Pricey Ways To Protect Your Home

These next few tips aren't cheap and can vary depending on what type of land you're living on. There are ways to help keep snakes off your yard which is what the ultimate goal of this is for me and the people reading it. So it's worth reading on to see if there are things that can relate to you.

Have Predators As Pets

Something that surprises a lot of people is snakes have predators that most people don't realize. There are birds that are snake-eating and finding out which these are can make a big difference since a snake won't want to be near it.

If possible planting some of the trees predator birds like to shelter in can be a way of stopping snakes from entering your yard, tho it's on the pricey side if you buy a fully developed tree.

Avoid Water Features To Deter Snakes

Snakes love water as do a lot of animals, but the difference is most common animals can't kill you. Removing water sources from your land will help with keeping snakes away.

Things like ponds attract snakes so if you have one, you will be attracting snakes. Having lawn sprinklers and even water waste sprinklers can entice snakes up for a shower on a ht summer day. This has happened in my very own backyard, while it was a nice sight to see a snake taking a shower, it's not the ideal location when you have 3 young kids.

Avoind Ponds To Keep Snakes Away

Your Local Pest Man Can Help

Getting a pest control company to come and remove a snakes food source from your house is a good way of keeping snakes away. Since what is a snake's favorite food source?

The answer is rodents, things like mice and rats are what they eat on a regular basis, so if you have them on your property you will attract snakes. There's a saying that goes like this "If you have rodents, you got snakes and if you don't have rodents, you got no snakes".

Fences Designed To Keep Snakes From Entering Your yard

While there is no guarantee that it will protect you from snakes for sure, a snake fence can still at least make it more difficult for them to get into your yard.

There are fences out there that have been designed to make it difficult for snakes to enter your yard. This can be expensive and not readily available for some people, but worth considering. At the very least, you can whack up some fine mesh netting in location you feel are a risk of snake penetration.

Natural Alternatives To Prevent Snakes From Entering Your Yard

While some of these natural ways to repel snakes may work for you, the scientific evidence behind them isn't there yet. But in saying that, they're certainly things you could try, but there is no guarantee. This isn't to say they don't work just that they haven't been fully tested, so results aren't guaranteed.

One of the most common things I see recommended is Naphthalene which has a strong mothball smell which is said that snakes don't like. It's used in a lot of products that keep snakes away but people believe it's the smell of mothballs that keep them away and use them to repel snakes.

Does Wormwood & Lemongrass Deter Snakes?

There are things like Wormwood and Lemongrass that people claim keeps snakes away and plant it into there yards. These have a tendency to grow out of control when you plant them so you need to pay attention to them which can make it hard to justify planting them when there is no guarantee it will repel snakes.

A lot of this natural protection comes from the smell they have which is something that snakes are known for having a keen sense of. So people recommend Sulphur as it has a strong smell that snakes don't like and is something that a lot of people use.

What To Do When All Else Fails?

Snakes are very intelligent creatures that like a lot of animals, are just looking for food and shelter. So while most people think they're going out of their way to attack you, it's more the shelter and food near your house they want. So they will try and get into your property for this food and shelter. Sometimes snakes will put up a bigger fight than we are willing to have.

Ways to deter snakes

Call In The Professionals - Don't Risk Your Life

So what is the solution when you come across a snake that is like this and it just won't leave your yard. You're only really left with one option in my opinion, and that is to call in the professionals, the snake catchers.

This a great option as it keeps you safe, the snake safe, and someone employed so it's a win for everyone involved. This is often a great solution for a lot of people and the only reason that can prevent people from doing this is that it can get expensive to hire someone.

Cost is a big part of the reason that people avoid snake catchers and try other things like solar-powered snake repellents instead. Since they're much cheaper and can prevent snakes from entering your yard.

Why Humans Are So Afraid of Snakes

It comes as no surprise that being afraid of snakes is one of the most common phobias, also known as Ophidiophobia. If you have this fear you're not alone and it's nothing to be ashamed of since we are all afraid of something, at least you're not alone.

The real question is why are people so scared of snakes ? When you consider the average person will never come across them or may encounter just 1 or 2 in their lifetime. It almost sounds irrational when you say it like that, but I can assure you that's not the case as there are a lot of reasons as to why we have this fear.

There have been a number of studies into why this is such a big fear in humans and they have shown a number of things. Humans can be shown a picture with a lot of things on it and we will be able to find things like snakes and spiders much quicker than things that aren't considered as threatening.

So Why We Are Afraid?

One of the main reasons we have a fear of snakes comes from our ancestors and the need to survive out on the land, back in a time when we didn't have things like solar-powered snake repellers, snake fences and so forth. If they didn't see these dangerous creatures then there is a good chance they couldn't pass on their genes.

This is something that has passed on through multiple generations and is the reason most people have this fear. So survival is the main reason that we have this fear which is why it's nothing to be ashamed of.

What Are snakes afraid of?

When people think of snakes they think of them as the ultimate hunter with it being so stealthy and poisonous that no creature could stand against it! It might surprise you to learn that's not the case and the snake actually has a number of enemies in the wild that will make a snake shiver if in close proximity.

What Animals Deter Snakes

The Mongoose Strikes Fear Into Snakes

A creature that people often forget about but snakes certainly don't, is the mongoose (African and Asian Varieties) which has a few features that make it a nightmare for a snake to handle. A mongoose is a natural hunter of the snake which is why you rarely find snakes anywhere near a mongoose.

Why is mongoose so effective at handling snakes? One of the biggest reasons is that mongoose has a special skin that makes it immune to a snakes venom, combine this with its fangs and thick fur coat and it's fully prepared to handle any snake.

Honey Badgers

Another creature that might surprise you that is a natural predator to the snake is the honey badger. Honey badgers are fearless creatures that have very thick skin which is hard to puncture which gives them a natural defense against snakes.

The only type of snake that can stand a chance against these two creatures are large pythons and King Cobras. Even with them having a chance to stand against the mongoose and honey badger, the snake's best chance is just fending off the attack if they're lucky.

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