How do I keep snakes out of my garden and flower beds?

by Ban8408317
  12 answers
  • JUDIE JUDIE on Feb 24, 2017


  • Shoshana Shoshana on Feb 26, 2017

    I've heard laying down sulfur keeps them away...though it has to be reapplied from time to time. Lots of luck with this!

  • Debby Dale Debby Dale on Feb 26, 2017

    Moth balls is the best way. if you have a way to crush them (old food processer etc) they will work best as you can spread it easier,but whole mothballs around the edge of your yard will work.

  • Betty Tuffner Betty Tuffner on Feb 26, 2017

    Pigs, peacocks, and guinea fowl. If those aren't practical, try your county extension agent, or weed and pest office. The neighbors got powder from weed and pest that worked good. I just send my husband out with his .22.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Feb 26, 2017

    St. Patrick or a mongoose.

  • Colleen Colleen on Feb 27, 2017

    If they are not poisonous let them be. They eat insects and will not hurt you. Or let your dachshund hunt and eat them.

    • Carey Carey on Feb 28, 2017

      Colleen is absolutely right. First identify what kind of snake it is. If it is not a poisonous snake, the reason that they are there is because they are finding food. I would venture to guess that if you get rid of the snakes you will be over run with gophers and mice! I have repeatedly found bull snakes that are not poisonous in order to rid my yard of the gophers that have eaten the roots off the plants that I planted within days. My garden was riddled with their tunnels and they cause havoc with it. The snakes have cleaned out the gophers and mice and then disappeared. After years of doing this, I have only one time seen the snake that I put into my yard a second time. I would dearly love to find some more of them. They never seem to go from the back yard to the front yard and vise versa. I would MUCH rather have a non poisonous snake than gophers. Not one snake has caused damage in my yard and I would love to not have the gophers!

  • Lavonne Lavonne on Feb 27, 2017

    They eat insects and other vermin like rats and mice! Unless you are overloaded with poisonous snakes learn to love them! :)

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Feb 27, 2017

    What sort of snakes are they? If rattlesnakes, kill each of them with a hoe or shovel, axe if you have one. Grass snakes, leave them or get a cat (play them to death).

  • Joretta Davis Joretta Davis on Feb 27, 2017

    Peppermint Oil. Snakes and rodents hate the smell. I soak cotton balls with the oil and toss them wherever I have a problem. Works wonders. Sold by the pint bottle at most Drug stores.

  • Amanda Mays Amanda Mays on Aug 30, 2018

    Please DO NOT USE MOTHBALLS! They are toxic to the environment, children, and pets. It would also be using it in a manner inconsistent with labeling, which is illegal.

  • Danny Danny on Aug 28, 2023

    i use to freak out and kill any snake. What I didn’t know the non poisonous snakes are actually our friend “ lol” helping us by killing insects and rats. Good luck