Snakes: are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpents that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears.
Research has shown that cinnamon oil, clove oil, and eugenol are effective snake repellents. Snakes will retreat when sprayed directly with these oils and will exit cargo or other confined spaces when these oils are introduced to the area.
- Snakes are beautifully frightening, yet they are gentle creatures. Trying natural repellents is the way to go.
- What to do:
- Snakes do not like cinnamon and garlic
- 1. Cinnamon sticks:
- Place cinnamon sticks strategically on window seals and near doors.
2. Garlic cloves:
- Place peeled garlic cloves strategically on window seals and near doors. Read more: Click Here
1. Tulbaghia Violacea
Tulbaghia violacea is a popular garden plant that is useful for difficult hot corners of the garden as it will tolerate prolonged drought. This attractive plan is ideal for the herb garden, as both the leaves and flowers can be used in salads and other dishes. The crushed leaves may be used to help cure sinus, headaches and to discourage moles from the garden. The smell repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes when crushed on the skin.
The fresh bulbs can be boiled and the decoction can be taken orally to clear up coughs and colds. It has also been used as a remedy for pulmonary tuberculosis and to destroy intestinal worms.
It is also a very good snake repellent and for this reason the Zulus plant it around their homes.
2. West Indian Lemon Grass
Snakes don’t like the citrus smell from the leaves. The leaves or the tips can turn brown in extreme heat in summer. It requires very little care.
Common Snake Repellants
1) Garlic Mixture
Garlic mixtures are effective as snake repellants. You can either get them commercially such as Snake Stopper or make your own.
Here are the ingredients to make your own garlic mixture:
I. 10garlic bulbs (purple ones are best as they are very potent)
II. Four table spoons of garlic oil or any other vegetable oil.
Take a blender and add some water.
Separate the garlic into cloves and add them to the blender.
Start blending it until a smooth nice paste is formed, then add the oil.
Leave the mixture in a plastic container for an hour with the lid on.
Now it’s ready, and place a few drops in any area you don’t want snakes to be seen. Repeat the process after it rains.
The effectiveness of the mixture usually lasts for three weeks, then you will need to make a new batch.
2) Cinnamon oil & clove oil mixture
Research has shown that cinnamon oil, clove oil and eugenol are effective to be used as snake repellants. Snakes will retreat when sprayed directly with these oils and even vacate the area in confined spaces when these oils are introduced in these areas. However, application to hard surfaces will not prevent prevent the snakes from entering the area.