As urban sprawl continues more and more people are coming into contact with snakes. People living in rural areas are not normally that concerned as they have encounter a variety of snake over their lifetime their lifetime so not normally a concern. Some snakes are poisonous and can be fatal so it is no surprise to see people living in fear and are susceptible to snake oil salesman (couldn’t help the pun) selling pseudo-science. Many companies have grown around this phobia to offer sophisticated solutions to repel snakes from their premises or surrounding. Solar snake repellers don’t have a great reputation as honest/scientific tools as determined from experts in the field as can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/SnakeRepellentInvestigators . They are making millions so why don’t they get them tested by real independent testing authority? We some tips and tricks to keep the snakes away from your surroundings and make it a safe place to live for you and your loved ones.
What can you can do to prevent snakes from entering your backyard:
- Eliminate as many hidden or covered places as possible.
- Remove any area that you suspect might be a snake heaven in your backyard. Snakes love ponds or water sources.
- Remove tall grasses, shrubs, wood or rock piles, boards, logs or anything that you think will allow snakes to crawl under.
- Keep away/control rats, mice, frogs, lizards or anything that serves as a staple diet.
- If you spot a snake in your backyard, do not attempt to chase it away yourself. If they sense a threat, they may turn defensive and attack. Instead call up professionals (snake catcher).
Some natural ways to ward off snakes from your backyard by planting some commonly available plants (not scientifically tested but cheaper than wasting money on solar repellers):
It is commonly known as Felon Herb, Wild Wormwood, Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco, Old Man, St. John’s Plant, Naughty Man, Old uncle or Chrysanthemum Weed. Wormwood is considered invasive at few places. This plant can be very commonly found growing on nitrogenous soil, like waste land or road side. It’s a tall herbaceous perennial plant with woody root. The only downside of this plant is that it is very invasive, that means it takes over wherever it is planted and throws up another issue of management control.
This is a popular garden plant and is good for even most difficult part of the garden since it can stand prolonged drought. The plant also makes an ideal candidate for herb garden since both its leaves and flowers can be used in salads and other dishes. It is also considered as a medicinal plant since it finds use in curing many diseases such as sinus, headaches. The plant is also good snake repellent and it is this reason Zulus plants it around their homes.
West Indian Lemon Grass
Believe it or not, snakes don’t like citrus smell from the leaves. The good part is that this plant requires very minimal care and would do just fine on its own.
Sarpgandha (Rauwolfia serpentina)
This plant is known by variety of local names and is commonly found in Asian countries mainly India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, Nepal and Bhutan. The plant is known for its ability to repel snakes away.
This herbaceous plant is commonly found in India and Sri Lanka and is widely cultivated for the treatment of some infectious disease. In Malaysia, it is known as ‘Hempedu Bumi’ which literally means bile of earth since it is one of the most bitter medicinal plants.