I truly don’t mind snakes. They’re gentle, shy, and prefer to keep to themselves. However, it’s not always all that pleasant when you’re gardening or hanging out on your back deck and a snake slithers right by your feet. If you’re not a huge snake fan, not to worry. There are multiple ways to keep snakes away from your yard without using harsh chemicals or cruel methods. Here they are!
1. Cut Off Their Food Supply
Snakes are attracted to a number of things. They eat mice and rats, but they also eat discarded birdseed and fruit. If you have a compost bin, ensure it’s completely sealed. If you have bird feeders in your yard, try to keep them at the perimeter of your yard and as far away from your home as possible.
2. Plant Lemongrass
A super simple way to deter snakes is by planting lemongrass in your garden. Snakes hate the citrusy smell and thankfully, so do mosquitoes!
3. Citrus Solution
Speaking of citrus, you can add some lemon or orange rinds and pieces to a jar of water. Let the fruit sit in the water for 24 hours. Spray the solution onto patio furniture and around your deck/porch stairs to deter snakes from coming too close.
4. Maintain Your Yard