Natural Methods For Chasing Away Snakes

Snakes can be difficult to treat both inside and outside your home, but there are organic and natural snake repellent tips that you can use on a daily basis to get rid of them (if you wish of course).

I grew up playing with snakes :  Common garden snakes, black snakes and later vipers. I’m lucky I was never afraid of them, that’s an advantage.

Here in Provence, it’s a different story. We have a lot of common snakes but also copperhead snakes, cottonmouth snakes, rattlesnakes, water vipers, and more. Snakes can be beneficial as well as dangerous.

So I decided to compile for you the 100% organic and natural methods that can be used during the summer months.

As a preamble, don’t neglect the advantage of having snakes in your home.

This is not always thought of, but the presence of reptiles can help keep rodent populations low. A single small snake can eat 3 or 4 mice at a time and the larger ones can prey on rats. They also eat moles, voles, insects and some may even attack fish. In other parts of France, snakes feed on animals such as rabbits, rodents and other rodents that can be destructive to homes or crops.

Read more: What Animals Can Keep Snakes Away?

Biological Repellent Ideas For Repelling Snakes

Biological Repellent Ideas For Repelling Snakes

There are many natural snake repellent methods that allow you to get rid of snakes without harming them.


One of the most common snake repellents is naphthalene. It is found in some commercial products. To save money, you can use mothballs because it is the main ingredient in them. I throw some on the porch to keep the snakes off the porch. Be aware that the smell of naphthalene is very pungent and can linger for weeks or even months.

Planting Lemongrass seedlings

We don’t know exactly how lemongrass repels snakes, but it does. Plant it around the perimeter of your house or garage as a snake repellent. Lemongrass shoots can get very big and look very pretty, so do it.

Planting absinthe

Like lemongrass, wormwood (of the genus Artemisia) can help keep snakes away. Also keep an eye on this plant, as it can spread quickly and colonize your garden quickly.

Adopt chickens

Snakes sometimes try to get into poultry houses for eggs. Chickens, as well as guinea fowl and turkeys, will attack and kill snakes that enter the henhouse. (Pigs will also attack snakes, but this is more tedious and inconvenient, especially because of the smell).

Put down cups of essential oils.

The essential oils of cinnamon, clove and cedar wood will repel all snakes. My grandmother always told me that snakes think the oils will melt the scales, so they stay away from them. True or false, I’m sure they help keep the snakes away.

Plugging the holes

Any hole, no matter how small, can be an invitation for a snake to enter your house. Fill the holes with a sealant (such as foam sealant), concrete, or a mesh or wire mesh fabric. Note that having holes is an invitation to snakes. Plugging the holes is naturally repellent to snakes!

Removing hiding places

Anything near dwellings, such as mulch, shrubs, wood piles, etc., can provide shelter for snakes or their food sources. Cleaning debris around houses and sheds can help prevent snakes from entering the house or garage.

Read more: The Most Dangerous Snakes in The World


Like many creatures, snakes don’t like garlic. Make a spray by chopping the garlic cloves and adding them to the oil. (Any oil will work.) Soak the garlic in the oil for a few weeks and then strain. Transfer the oil to a spray bottle and spray around areas where snakes may hide.


Like essential oils, sulphur is disturbing to snakes and will discourage them from entering the areas where it is used.

Spreading sharp-edged debris

Spreading sharp-edged debris

Using sharp debris, such as crushed coral or eggshells, can help keep snakes away – snakes don’t like texture.

Moving Snakes

If you’re brave, maybe you should move the snakes. A few years ago, some snakes got tangled in some bird nets I used to use to protect my chickens. It was four black snakes and it took me a while to get them out without hurting them. Surprisingly, none of them tried to bite me while I was working to free them. We put them in a pillowcase and moved them to a place across the river where we lived. We never saw them again. Just make sure you’re careful in the process and have thick pants and gloves on.

Which Animals Are Enemies of Snakes?

Yes, many wild animals can catch and kill snakes.

Some of these species are even trained from an early age in the art of snake extermination!

Animal species that hunt and kill snakes mainly include raptors (eagles and hawks), badgers or pigs. Some snakes may also eat other snakes.

And believe it or not, the dogs and cats in your home catch and kill snakes. Some species of dogs can be trained to catch and kill reptiles that threaten your home.