Are we really talking about snakes? Yes, we are because in the garden or yard ecosystems, they are inevitable.
They lurk around, camouflage in the greens and browns without you knowing it and they are dangerous because of their deadly venoms.
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Plants that repel snakes
2. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.
5. Andrographis paniculata
7. Pink agapanthus
Why are snakes lurking around house yards?
Before we get to the plants that naturally repel snakes, we must first ask, how come these snakes chose to lurk around my house yard?
The forest or creek could be a good choice but why my yard? First off, you are giving them good shelter and stable food supply. This means that your garden or yard is teeming with a steady supply of farm rodents, snails, slugs and insects that they could prey on. Also, they love soft and moist soil beds.
They could easily make burrow holes in those moist soils and too much burrow holes would destroy the garden. If this is the case, then we humans are actually supporting their presence in our yards!
What smell do snakes hate?
Now that we know that in our unknowing ways, we garden owners are also to blame for their attraction to our soil beds, we must decode what smell snakes hate and build on that to redesign our soil beds to repel them.
Strong smells like citrus odors and spices would keep them away. This is because of a specific organ in their anatomy called the Jacobson’s organ which makes them sensitive to strong smells.
Strong odors masks their ability to distinguish prey smells so if you plan to permanently repel them off from your garden, you need some plants that will naturally make them go away.