Asked on Dec 12, 2016

I need snake repellent to keep snakes out of my house!

Lagree Wyndham
by Lagree Wyndham
Living in a rural area, you learn to deal with wildlife. I have had to deal with owls roosting in rafters when house was under construction ( those things are nasty) a possum that decided to move it crawlspace etc.... Now it is snakes in crawlspace, attic and I suspect walls. Over the last 14 years I have found a snake skin ot two in the crawls space, that was no big deal. Now I am finding a large number of large snake skins or large snakes under house and now in attic. Anything I can do to make my house less attractive to snakes? I don't have a rodent problem so I am not sure what the attraction is.
  24 answers
  • Ljgordon Ljgordon on Dec 12, 2016

    I don't know how to get rid of the snakes, but I do know, living in a rural area myself, that they help alleviate the mice problem. Keep woodpiles and debris, mulch, tall grass, away from the house. I've heard they don't like mothballs, but they are not good for pets. Lowes & HD have snake repellants.

  • Shawna Bailey Shawna Bailey on Dec 12, 2016

    Hi, snakes hate cinnamon and clove oil. This won't stop a serious infestation but it will discourage them if they only get in now and again

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Dec 12, 2016

    OMG! So glad I don't live in your house. If they are non poisonous and you're not freaked out living with them, you need a mongoose.  I do know cats and dogs will kill snakes. If they are poisonous you need a different solution. Seal all entry points into your house, from highest to lowest. A mesh wire will work in most locations but will also trap your housemates in. How long to die? Amount of smell?

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Dec 12, 2016

    Continuation...I don't know anything about repellents or poisons for snakes but lived in rural Texas where rattle snakes could reach 12 feet and we kept hoes outside in various locations for killing them. One of my cats died from his second bite. Be careful and good luck!

  • Chr4787838 Chr4787838 on Dec 12, 2016

    Call an exterminator. Then you'll need to seal all entrances to your house that the snakes are using . Also make sure all drains have tight fitting covers. Once had baby garter snake come up tub drain after that kept drain plugged. Washer drain is caulked around hose.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Dec 12, 2016

    The only historcal success in ridding of snakes has been St. Patrick coming to Ireland. As some bury a St. Joseph statue to sell a house, maybe putting a St. Patrick statue under the house..?

  • UpState UpState on Dec 12, 2016

    The mongoose idea from Oregon is an excellent choice.

    You have no rats because the snakes probably ate them.

    Should try and get them there owls back.

  • Glenda Glenda on Dec 13, 2016

    prayers for your safety.

  • Melita Todd Melita Todd on Dec 13, 2016

    moth balls

  • Karen Walker Karen Walker on Dec 26, 2016

    Sulfar is good but has to be re applied frequently . Same with moth balls. Perhaps invest in the large heavy duty snake glue traps also. Bless you! I think I'd have to relocate!

  • Glenda Glenda on Dec 29, 2016

    I live in the woods also. My neighbor swears by human urine . Yes plain old pee! He pees in a jug and pours it all around the yard. They say campers use it to keep them away. Never know?

  • UpState UpState on Dec 29, 2016

    Glenda's neighbor has probably the best idea !

    Keep urinating all around your house...

    ....and get some real owls to eat the snakes...

    ...then the urination can stop !

  • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on Jan 09, 2017

    I think I have decided to remove the foundation plantings around my house. They are hard to keep looking good in this sandy soil and a live with all the neighbors dogs using them as their personal potties( I need to replace 4 Indian Hawthorne's now, due dog piles) I have seen a few snakes in the bushes in the past, so out they go. I have a neighbor who removed his last year , grass right up to house now it looks fine, , he says its a a lot less work and expense.

  • Brenda Rodriguez Brenda Rodriguez on Jan 10, 2017

    Used cat litter under your house. Cats kill snakes, they hate cats urine.

    • UpState UpState on Jan 11, 2017

      Good idea !

      Everybody pretty much hates urine.

      ...but it's useful in a multitude of instances.

  • Juanita Stegman Juanita Stegman on Jan 11, 2017

    Any creature will leave if there is no food. Snakes do indeed eat mice/rats. We live in a 100+ year old house and every few years I buy a few bags of dcon and pitch it all under the house. Keeps the rodent population at bay. No food no snake. I also got rid of a determined skunk once by tossing several boxes of mothballs under there!

  • Gail Gail on Jan 11, 2017

    Chicken/rat snakes eat eggs, baby chicks, & even tiny new kittens & puppies as well as most all baby birds. If they can swallow it, they will eat it, live prey. Here's a tried & true way to get rid of snakes. If you see signs & evidence of them, get a big bunch of golf balls, don't need to be new, any old bashed & hacked up ones work just fine.

    Get a couple raw eggs, beat them a little with a fork & dip the golf balls in the egg. Let them dry with egg on them. Wax paper works good so egg stays on balls & isn't absorbed by paper towels or rags.

    When dry, toss plenty of golf balls under house, crawl spaces & wherever snakes & evidence of them is seen & careful to put some in areas you suspect they may be.

    Sit back, watch & wait & keep count of how many you put out so you will know when they are taken.

    Snakes swallow balls, they can't crush them, digest them,nor regurgitate them. Snake gets sick, crawls off, & dies. We have actually had this work.

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    • Lyn Buerger Lyn Buerger on Mar 01, 2017

      I hate snakes but I do know they are a part of this universe. Find a way to run them off not cause them an agonizing death. They do take care of the other vermin that we also find repugnant.

  • E99expo E99expo on Feb 24, 2017

    intresting i live in the south

  • Tiphanie Tiphanie on Feb 24, 2017

    you shouldn't kill the snakes they help keep the rodents population down moth balls, sulfur, and or pee would be much better

  • Kauai Breeze Kauai Breeze on Feb 24, 2017

    Try putting some old fiberglass insulation in the crawl space. It doesn't need to be intact, shredded up pieces would work. It irritates human skin, so use gloves and long pants and shirt as well as a mask when putting it in. It irritates the snakes too. You could also try a heavy layer of powdered garden lime if it isn't wet down there.

  • Gail Gail on Feb 28, 2017

    DH has actually found 2 snake skin covered skeletons with golf balls still encased inside. Guess I should have made pics, but didn't. Next time I will.

    Small world, Dixie.

  • Gail Gail on Mar 01, 2017

    While I do understand your wildlife concern, it is also our duty to protect our animals against predators, & they are a preditor & danger to our animals. In rural areas there are always places to hide & snake preditors won't be run off from a place they know has prey they can snatch. I'm sorry for those who feel offended by snake eradication, but what about innocent farm animals they show no mercy for? Our oblication is first to our farm animals, & snakes ladt.

  • Dorothy Mosley Dorothy Mosley on Mar 02, 2017

    My sister puts out mothballs every year. She was bitten by a rattle snake when we were kids and is terrified by them. Good luck!

  • Cali Roberts Cali Roberts on May 01, 2020

    I wish I knew something that would work too. Everyone says dont kill em and this and that when we ask how to repel them which just means they don't have an answer I don't ask how to kill them I just don't want them around I'd rather deal with the rodents. I've read where a thick lime powder will keep them out and of also good for the soil. Also I've saw where antifreeze will and ammonia which those last two COULD possibly kill them. I have not tried these I'm looking into predator urine but if I don't get results I am doing the garden lime powder and if need be the other two I mentioned. I've already tried the essential oils which only works if you spray they're head but they don't leave permanently they come right back.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 18, 2022

    You might have a rodent problem and not realize it. Snakes are looking for food and mice are a perfect meal. Mice easily invade homes (basements) and snakes are attracted by them if the mice population is not kept in check.

    As your house ages and goes thorough seasons of freeze/thaw, the walls of your basement could be compromised and produce cracks in the foundation. Take a look and close them up. These cracks allow snakes and mice to enter, they are both very flexible.

    A suggestion would be to keep the area around the outside of your house to be free of debris, grass, and shrubs. Snakes love cool dark places.

    The more you do to make your house and yard unappealing to snakes, the less of a problem you’ll have overall. Here are some other ways to keep the snakes out:

    • Avoid over-watering your lawn: Wet lawns can attract prey species, like frogs, toads, worms and slugs, that snakes love to munch on.
    • Move the bird feeder: Not only do snakes occasionally snack on birds themselves, bird feeders leave seeds and other food debris everywhere, which attracts rodents.
    • Feed your pets inside: Same principle as the bird feeder -- spilled food attracts snake prey.
    • Store firewood away from the house: Even a small stack offers enough cool, dark places for a snake to get cozy.
    • Don’t over-landscape: Snakes and their prey love mulch, so the less of it you use, the fewer snake problems you’ll have.

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