Are you terrified of snakes? Are you looking for a way to keep them away? Here are 13 essential oils to repel snakes!
Essential Oils to Repel Snakes
As you have probably already read in my articles 9 Plants to Repel Snakes and How to Keep Snakes Away, I am terrified of snakes!
I mean, absolutely panicked when I see one!
And although my husband is always reassuring me that black snakes are good to have around…… I don’t care! There are no good snakes in my opinion! Only dead snakes are good. And even then I don’t want to see it!
I don’t know if the fear stems from childhood when I found myself standing on a giant, thrashing black snake in my back yard, or if it’s something I have developed over time. Whatever the reason, nothing strikes fear in my heart more than snakes!
I am totally with Indiana Jones on this one! 😉
Natural Snake Repellent
So, I am always on the lookout for ways to repel snakes.
Now, I cannot guarantee that all of the methods I share will work for you, I haven’t tried them all. However lots of people swear by them and have found success with them.
In my article How to Keep Snakes Away, I list lots of different ways to keep snakes out of your yard naturally.
Some are probably more effective than others and some might have to be reapplied frequently to be effective. In my opinion I’m ok with that as long as it means the snakes leave and don’t come back!
All snakes are different as well, so what affects one might not be as effective with others. You’ll have to experiment to see what works for you and your yard.
As with all the options listed in my other articles, essential oils will probably have to be reapplied regularly to keep snakes away permanently, as the scent will wear off.
Essential Oil Snake Repellent
When using essential oils to repel snakes I recommend using a strong dilution.
Usually I recommend a 1-2% dilution rate for blends made for people. But since we aren’t spraying it on ourselves and since we’re dealing with something as terrifying as snakes, I recommend using about a 4-5% dilution rate.
That means using about 40-50 drops in a 2oz. bottle.
Now, essential oils are not water soluble, so they will not dissolve in water. This means that you will have to continually shake a spray bottle if you mix the oils in straight water.
I would mix the oils one of two ways.
Homemade Snake Repellent
The first option is to mix the oils in a little bit of salt first, and then dissolve the salt in 2oz. of water. The salt will help disperse the oils evenly throughout the water.
The second option is to add the oils to a 2oz bottle and then add about 1/4 to 1/2 an oz. of carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water and shake well.
The carrier oil will separate from the water, so you will still need to shake well before use, but the essential oils will mix well within the carrier.
The carrier will also help the oils to stay on the surface of things longer than if just water is used. This will probably help your essential oil snake repellent application to last longer.
You will have to experiment to see how often your spray needs to be reapplied. If the smell is still strong that should be good. If it seems to be dissipating then add another application.
What Essential Oils Repel Snakes?
13 Essential Oils to Repel Snakes!
Ok, now that we have gone over how to mix the oils together, let's look at which essential oils you should use.
Again, some of these might not be as effective as others. Some are stronger oils and some are oils that will last longer.
You can experiment to see which oils work best for you and your area.
Or hey, just mix them all together, that way you know you've got the right ones! 😉
Garlic Essential Oil
Garlic is said to be excellent at repelling snakes. So why not try garlic essential oil?
Garlic essential oil is concentrated, making it stronger than using straight garlic cloves.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass plants and essential oil are listed as being effective at repelling snakes.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is used to repel many pests. Give it a try in your snake repellent spray mixed with the other oils on this list.
Palmarosa Essential Oil
Some say that palmarosa essential oil is a deterrent to snakes.
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Cinnamon bark is said to be one of the most effective essential oils for repelling snakes.
I would definitley include this one in your snake repellent recipe.
Clove Bud Essential Oil
Clove is another one at the top of the list.
If possible I would definitely include clove along with cinnamon bark in the spray.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood is a strong oil that is known for repelling insects and pests of all kinds.
Roses are also a plant that is used to repel certain insects and pests.
Rose essential oil is so concentrated that it should be even more effective than the actual plant itself!
Sage is another great pest repellent oil.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary is a strong smelling oil that lots of pests dislike, making it a great oil to include in your spray!
Juniper Berry Essential Oil
Juniper is another oil that some claim repels snakes.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender isn't as strong of a scent as some of the other oils on this list, but it is said to be a scent that snakes dislike.
Citronella is an oil that I use to repel mosquitoes and other insects. It is also listed as a scent that is unappealing to snakes.
How to Repel Snakes Naturally
And those are 13 of the best essential oils to repel snakes!
Have you ever used essential oils to repel snakes?
If so please leave me a comment below sharing your story with us!
Also, if you would like to read more articles on how to repel pests of all kinds, then be sure to check out the following: