Lime does not repel snakes. The best way to keep snakes away is to remove potential habitats and food sources. For instance, removing piles of wood reduces the number of insects that snakes eat.Continue Reading
Keeping lawns well maintained cuts down on places that snakes can hide. Sealing entries into crawlspaces and covering vents and drains prevents snakes from entering. Pet food or other potential sources of food should not be left outside. While some commercial products claim to repel snakes, most only temporarily ward off certain types of snakes. Chemical repellents can pose dangers to humans, pets and the environment. Mothballs do not repel snakes.
Most snakes in North America are not venomous, and it is illegal to trap or kill them in some areas. Snakes normally do not attack humans unless they feel threatened. Other than large constrictors, most snakes that do not carry venom are not a threat to humans. About 725 species of venomous snakes exist worldwide, but only 250 can kill a person with a single bite. Anyone who is bitten by a snake should call the local poison control center.
Snakes can be beneficial to humans because they eat mice and other pests. They serve as food for some types of animals, such as hawks.Learn more about Snakes
Some homeowners turn to chemical repellents that are harmful to the environment and not proven effective, but experts recommend deterring snakes by eliminating the conditions in which snakes thrive. It is important to keep in mind, however, that there is no guaranteed method for repelling snakes.Full Answer >
Garter snakes can release a bad-smelling secretion from a gland near the cloaca when attacked. They can bite but are more likely to hide their heads and flail their tails when disturbed. They may also try to escape into a den or into water if attacked on land.Full Answer >
Though there is no "garden" snake with that official common name, those snakes most commonly found in gardens are not venomous. Though they can and do bite, there is nothing toxic about it.Full Answer >
Kingsnakes, of which there are several species, are not venomous, and as a group they actually prey upon venomous snakes. Some species of king snakes do resemble venomous snakes, but kingsnakes kill their prey using constriction, not venom.Full Answer >