Most snake repellents you might buy, including those commonly sold at Home Depot and Lowe's, are just mothball flakes (naphthalene) and sometimes sulfur mixed in. Repeated professional studies, and my own repeated research
in the field conclusively proves that these substances DO NOT deter snakes. I've tested them multiple times. On a couple of
occasions, I've poured large quantities of these mothball-based repellents directly into snake
dens, and the snakes did not care. They kept using the den. As far as sprinkling it around? Are you kidding me? Snakes don't care in the slightest.
Moth Balls are super cheap to make for manufacturers, so they are profitable to sell. They are also toxic to the environment and carcinogenic. Yes, they can cause you cancer. Companies market and sell mothball-based repellents of all kinds to consumers. Through enough persistence, the FALSE word of mouth got out there that mothballs keep animals away. It's simply not true for any animal, including snakes. It's easy for Home Depot or Lowes to sell a snake repellent and make a cheap buck. But it won't work, and it'll just poison the environment. Please don't buy or use these repellents.
Snakes often pass through, and you'll only spot them once. Some people really fear snakes (for no good reason, it's just an innate phobia for some people) and will then buy a snake repellent and sprinkle it around outside. Then, since they spend most of the time inside anyway, and snakes are so rare and elusive, they never spot it again, and they assume that the repellent did the trick. Yes, and my tiger whistle also does a great job of keeping away tigers. Mothball snake repellent is a placebo if it seems to work. When it doesn't, you'll need to use actual snake control methods:
- Have an expert physically remove snakes
- Use a snake trap to actually trap and relocate the snake far away
- Modify your property: fill in gaps and holes at ground level, and eliminate excess brush.
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