How to get rid of snakes?


My daughter and her three boys live in a neighborhood, but next to an empty lot full of overgrown trees, bushes, snakes, etc. What products have you found to be effective in repelling them? Should she spread one around her house?

  16 answers
  • GT GT on Aug 26, 2020

    Snakes do a lot of good, if they’re not poisonous, just let them live.

  • Oliva Oliva on Aug 26, 2020

    The empty lot probable serves as a hiding place for vermin, which attract snakes. Unless you are fortunate enough to have hawks nearby, another option would be to cut down some of the overgrowth, trim the lower level of the bushes, or spray brush killer on the ground growth.

    Has your daughter contacted her municipal authority with the situation, indicating that she has small children. If so, they may want to take action before it becomes a liability case.

  • JR JR on Aug 26, 2020

    I read that if you take hair from your hairbrush, cut it into tiny clippings and sprinkle in your yard it will repel snakes. I have not tried it. Mothballs did not work at all for me. Hope this helps.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Aug 26, 2020

    Unfortunately if there is a lot of overgrowth in the lot, you will probably not be able to get rid of them unless you can get rid of their hiding places. Could she contact the city or owner of the lot to see if they can clean up the overgrowth or brush? That will probably, honestly be the only way to get rid of them :(

  • Dee Dee on Aug 26, 2020

    1. Eliminate Food Supplies. Snakes are often found in areas where rodents are present as this is one of their primary food sources. ...
    2. Eliminate Hiding Places. ...
    3. Smoke them out

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Aug 26, 2020

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 27, 2020

    I agree that dealing with the unsafe issue of snakes in an overgrown property next door to where your daughter and sons are living should not be entirely their responsibility. I'm sure there must be some kind of by-laws in place that could be enforced on to the owners of the property ordering them to comply and clean up the mess.

  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 27, 2020

    Hi Elizabeth: I commonly see people suggest mothballs. While these aren’t really natural anyway, please, don’t do this. Not only is it potentially illegal (using a product against label instructions is a crime) it can harm your children, pets, livestock, or other wildlife.


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  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Aug 27, 2020

    You should call the Animal Control Center in your area and ask what they suggest or if they can help.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 29, 2020

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Maybe you could get hold of the owners of the Lot and ask them if they will clear the site or maybe allow you to use Brush Killer all over the site. Best of luck!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 30, 2020

    My parents swear by moth balls but I’ve also heard people say it doesn’t work. The best prevention is keeping the area around the house as clear of nesting opportunities as possible. I live on a 2 acre wooded lot, only a triple driveway from the woods. I’ve lived there since 1984 and no snakes have been around the house, never found a skin or anything.

  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 30, 2020

    Remove all habitat ie. holes, rocks, brush.... then rake it up real good. You can embed an 18" hardware cloth wire screening down into the dirt around your property as a snake fence. You could also ask the city to notify the property owner next door to clean up his vacant lot as its a hazard to you

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Sep 01, 2020

    If snakes seem to always find their way into your yard, keep them away with ammonia. Snakes hate the smell and won't come near it. Soak rags in ammonia and place them in unsealed plastic bags. Leave the plastic bags where you usually see the snakes, and they won't come back again.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 02, 2020

    To begin with I would never use mothballs, they are an attractive nuisance to children, they might think they are candy, when actually they are a carcinogen, they are a chemical pesticide, napthalene or para-dichlorobenzene. It might be illegal to use them for a purpose other than intended-killing moths.

    In the meantime, I would make my yard as unattractive to snakes as possible, meaning clean up debris, make sure you have no small rodents (mice) that would make them want to feed in your yard. Snakes come out to warm up, feed, and have a place to live, otherwise there is nothing of interest for them.

    I agree with the others, the neighbor who has the overgrowth needs to make a change in their yard or lot. The area where you live might have an ordinance on this, worth investigating. But first I would handle this on a person to person situation, they maybe unaware they have this going on.

  • 516maria 516maria on Sep 02, 2020

    I wish I had snakes .... to eat the rats . Good luck ,!