Make Homemade Snake Repellent

African Bush Cobra

Because some species of snakes are poisonous, it is important to protect yourself if you are outdoors. If you live in an area where snakes are abundant, especially poisonous ones, you should always carry a snake repellent to keep those slinky reptiles at bay. You can purchase snake repellent at your local hardware or camping store, but if you live in an area where snakes are frequently a problem, you may find it more economical to make your own snake repellent. Snake repellent can not only keep you and your family safe from snakes, it can be a first defense against poisonous species.


1. Get rid of spiders. Often, spiders will feed off of snakes in your area. Vacuum any spiders or spider eggs in your location before putting down snake repellent.

2. Mix equal parts cat litter and mothballs together, and spread thickly across the ground to deter snakes. Snakes will get the cat litter stuck in their scales and do not like the smell of mothballs. You can purchase both cat litter and mothballs at your local grocery store or drugstore.

3. Mix equal parts powdered sulfur with moth crystals for a more powerful snake repellent. Moth crystals have more surface area than mothballs, and sulfur is a common ingredient in over-the-counter snake repellents. Unfortunately, sulfur has a very strong smell that humans also dislike.

4. Dust the powdered sulfur and moth crystals mixture in all cracks and crevices, as well as on any ground that you do not want a snake to cross.

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5. Spray a mixture of cinnamon oil and clove oil directly on the snake to deter it if you come in direct contact with one. Load equal parts cinnamon oil and clove oil into a spray bottle, and shake well.