Although I have not noticed any extra snake populations in the homestead I never the less find them undesirable and plan to rid the territory of these nasty serpents. These reptiles tend to thrive in warm conditions since they are cold blooded creatures so it is important to eliminate places which they could call home. To help eliminate them you should always attack the areas which offer them a place for surviving. Ensure that the land is clear of any debris, seal up any cracks and openings in your home; prevent piles of bricks, logs, lumber and rocks which might harbor a safe refuge for the snakes. As I researched how to get rid of these monsters I chanced upon several methods which have traditionally proven to be pure bunk.
These wiggly creatures are resourceful and are capable of surviving for a time period in water and eventually will crawl away unharmed. Another false concept is that distributing oil or gas around the parameter of your lawn will keep them at bay. This is simply not true. Often people will place ropes around their yard with the belief that the snake will confuse the rope for another snake and prevent crossing over it. This is just another neglect since snakes have a great visual capacity and quickly can differentiate such a trick. Additionally, once I worked at the Nature Center at Redden State Park we had snakes and it did not bother the two snakes together to crawl up close to each other, often crossing over another snake. One suggestion is to place pig dung around your yards perimeter but this is a false claim as the smell does not chase the snake away. The best you can hope with this remedy would be to chase the door to door salesmen away.
The worst suggestion look what i found is placing moth balls around your home. Moth balls are a dangerous element and might easily seep down into your water supply or even contaminate your homestead. This by far should always be avoided. Does it sound discouraging? Not really, as my research has also demonstrated that there are several organic methods by which I could fight the local snakes.
The trick to getting rid of the beasts is in using plants that offend or harm them. Each plant has its own characteristic smell and biological attributes that can be utilized as an effective snake repellent. Below are a few which are inclined to discourage snakes from squatting in your homestead.
The Marigolds official scientific name is Calendula officinalis. This magnificent flowering plant has repelling factor which are especially helpful for ridding your home of these creatures. The characteristic smell associated with the Marigold irritates the naval system of snakes together with its stalks milky sap corroding the skin of the snake causing it to itch. If the sap comes in contact with the snakes eyes it may cause blindness or blurry vision. This fact made Pam very happy as today she can happily plant her colorful Marigolds anywhere in the yard.
The next plant is the Andrographis Paniculata. This herbaceous plant from Asian contains bitter leaves and roots and in the event they are rubbed against the snake’s skin the animal will become swollen and experience considerable pain. There is an added advantage to using this plant around your yard as well because any prey that has touched the plant and is consumed by the snake the bitterness may result in death.
Another helpful plant is the Rauwolfia Serpentina. The medical part of the plant when rubbed on the skin of the snake serves as an inhibitor and may cause a heart attack in the snake.
We now come to the Cymbopogon Citratus or as most people understand it as Lemon Grass. Snakes totally hate the smells which originate from this plant’s leaves. Lastly we experience the Tulbaghia Violacea plant. This is a common plant from the African desert and is capable of living in major droughts. In Africa it is used to treat snake bites. The smell of its blossoms and leaves act as an irritant to bees resulting in an effective repellent.
It would appear that every plant has a purpose and its goal is to contribute to humanity’s well being. We are going to try these and see if they work and claimed.