How to Get Rid of Snake Pests

S-s-s-s-s-s! Don’t look now, but a snake is slithering across your property, looking for dinner. Depending on the variety of snake, they can dine on rodents, bird eggs and baby birds, or they could feast on insects, fish and tadpoles. Although non-venomous snakes tend to cause no harm, other than being scary and repulsive, you’ll still want to get rid of snakes if they’re in your garden or lawn.

Snakes generally like cool, damp, dark areas where they can find food. They are often attracted to stacked firewood, old lumber piles, junk piles, flower beds with heavy mulch, gardens, unkempt basements, shrubbery growing against foundations, attics, stream banks, unmowed lawns (as with the proverbial “snake in the grass”) and abandoned lots and fields. They’ll even enter your home if they can find a way in, and nobody wants that!

How to Deter Snakes: Stop Snakes from Getting in Your Garden

Just like people tend to raid the refrigerator for a late-night snack when we’re hungry, snakes also follow a source of food. An effective way to keep Mr. Snake away is to eliminate some of his favorite dishes from your property, particularly rodents like mice and rats. If a snake can’t find food, it is more likely to slither on down the road. You can also try spreading cat litter across your property, as some believe it irritates a snake’s scales, or using moth balls in the hope that snakes will be repelled by the smell.

How to Deter Snakes with Professional Repellents

A more practical and effective solution is to use a professional snake repellent product such as Dr. T’s Nature Products® Snake-A-Way®. When it comes to using these products, the best snake repellent tips include choosing a product containing the active ingredients of sulfur and naphthalene.

How to Prevent Snakes from Entering Home

You can also prevent snakes from entering a house by blocking all openings a quarter-inch and larger. Check the corners of doors and windows, as well as around water pipe and electrical service entrances. Fencing can also be used to keep snakes from entering your home, yard or garden.

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    I tried the moth balls-NOTHING. I planted garlic-NOTHING.
    I now am trying the; place human hair (I got from a hair dresser) and as you mentioned, I’ll try the cat litter.
    We so far have only had gardner snakes, but that’s enough for me. I am so petrified of just seeing them. I heard about the snake repellent you can purchase from Llowes, but I would have to spend a fortune ! I have ‘acears’ of woods behing my home of 38 years. I LOVE PLANTING FLOWERS, and every summer when it comes to weeding, I’m a nervous wreck. Usually 3 or more every summer.
    Thank You
    Deb Eckberg

    • 11:23 am - March 15, 2012

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Deborah,

      This is a common issue for people who live near the woods! Our sister company, Dr. T’s Nature Products, has a product called Snake-A-Way, which is the only all-natural, EPA-registered granular snake repellent proven to effectively repel garter snakes, rattlesnakes and other snake species. It is a repellent which causes disorientation in the snakes, making them leave in search of fresh air. You may want to give it a try – it can be found on their website:

      Best of luck!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 11:30 am - March 15, 2012

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  • Kate

    Have acquired an old farm house and when replacing the siding found 3 HUGE snake skins shed in the insulation!!!!!!!!! VERY carefully replaced the siding but still have more to go. Should I expect to come across live snakes? What to do? I need all the help I can get and am TERRIFIED! It is 70 degrees – 50 at night this week. Am I too late? Are they already in the walls for the winter??

    • 1:27 pm - September 17, 2012

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Kate,

      Sorry to hear about your trouble with snakes! Snakes shed wherever they are at the time, so it does not indicate they are definitely there, but there is a chance they are. They will live in walls or inside over winter for food and shelter. However, while it is still pretty warm outside, they are likely leaving the shelter for sunlight during the day.

      Our first advice is exclusion – to find where they’ve come in and patch it up during the day time, when they are more likely to be outside. If this does not work for you, we recommend calling an exterminator.

      Thank you!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 3:52 pm - September 17, 2012

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  • larry ross

    Just bought a camp and while cleaning I found a snake shed am thinking sell the camp I have been afraid of snakes my whole like would a form of smoke bomb work after it warms up then process with sealing all small openings. Thanks for any help

    • 10:22 pm - February 10, 2013

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Larry,

      Sorry to hear about your trouble with snakes! Our sister brand, Dr. T’s Nature Products, sells an effective snake repellent. You may want to try it just to ease your mind that they are being repelled even if they have left the camp! You can find more information here:

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 9:23 am - February 11, 2013

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  • Brenda

    Have woods/water near my home and lots of flowers/shrubs. Walked into my kitchen around 11 a.m. and saw a 4-5′ snake stretched out beside my stove. After screaming like a banshee for several minutes (am TERRIFIED of snakes!) I grabbed the phone and phone book and called a critter catcher company. Took them nearly an hour to come and an hour to find /catch the snake. Turns out it was a rat snake. Caught the snake, set out traps to catch any rodents in my atic (not any!) sealed every single opening a snake could possibly crawl through and replaced the old insulation in my 50 year old home. Five thousand dollars poorer but feel a little safer. Poured sulfur based snake powder under wooden deck and behind wsher/dryer in utility room. STILL walk looking down in the house!

    • 5:29 pm - June 10, 2013

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    • Havahart®

      Hi Brenda! Thanks for your comment – your snake experience sounds frightening. If you happen to see another snake (which I hope you don’t!) don’t forget about our Dr. T’s Nature Products® Snake Repelling granules:

      Best of luck to you – keep us posted!

      Your Friends at Havahart®

      • 3:28 pm - June 11, 2013

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  • sohbet

    Snake is bad for me 🙁 Thanks for post!

    • 5:10 pm - February 29, 2016

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  • lee livingston

    i caught four snakes in my apartment in the last month. i had one , it seemed like it was looking in my window trying to get in. are they smart like that? the landlord is trying to get rid of them, but i keep seeing them, i think im moving come spring because i cant live with snakes.

    • 11:37 pm - October 17, 2016

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