21 Scents — Smells That Repel Mosquitoes Effectively — End Mosquitoes
21 Scents & Smells That Repel Mosquitoes Effectively
- 1 21 Scents & Smells That Repel Mosquitoes Effectively
- 2 What Scents Keep Mosquitoes Away?
- 3 1: Lavender
- 4 2: Perfume That Repels Mosquitoes
- 5 3: Thyme
- 6 4: Peppermint
- 7 5: Cinnamon
- 8 6: Basil
- 9 7: Geranium
- 10 8: Garlic
- 11 9: Vanilla Extract
- 12 10: Lemon Balm
- 13 11: Neem Oil
- 14 12: Marigold
- 15 13: Soybean Oil
- 16 14: Catnip
- 17 15: Bergamot
- 18 16: Rosemary
- 19 17: Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
- 20 18: Black Pepper
- 21 19: Tansy
- 22 20: Cloves
- 23 21: Marigold
- 24 Choosing Scents That Keep Bugs Away
- 25 Comments
- 26 Things Mice Don’t Like – What Scares & Repels Them
- 27 Things that repel mice
- 28 Things that attract mice:
- 29 Natural Things That Scare Away Mosquitoes
- 30 Clean environment
- 31 Homemade mosquito trap
- 32 Garlic
- 33 Dry ice
- 34 Ground coffee
- 35 Camphor
- 36 Plant mosquito repellent plants around your house
- 37 Avoid strong perfumes and shampoos
- 38 Best Plants that Naturally Repel Snakes
- 39 Designing an Anti-Snake Garden
- 40 Are Snakes Bad for the Garden?
- 41 Four Plants that Repel Snakes
- 42 1. Marigolds
- 43 2. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
- 44 3. West Indian Lemongrass
- 45 4. Onion & Garlic
- 46 Conclusion
Mosquitoes are rather easy to repel, that’s because they are so sensitive to scents and smells. Repelling a mosquito effectively does not require much effort if you know what you are doing. Using the scent list below will get you on the right track very fast. Because you see, while commercial bug spray can be great for repelling insects, it can also contain chemicals, allergens, or smell extremely unpleasant. That’s where these natural odors come in to save you from those mosquito bites!
Luckily, there are tons of scents and smells that repel mosquitoes and may be more appealing than your average bottle of bug spray. I’ve done the tests and found 21 scents that are effective at repelling mosquitoes. Keeping these pests from biting greatly reduces any problems resulting from irritating bug bites. Many of the scents on this list also repel fleas and other biting insects as well (or have other interesting uses).
Sadly, I couldn’t bring myself to wear perfume, so you’ve got to trust me on that one from third-party sources. Apparently, Victoria’s Secret will get the boys wild too, ladies, so don’t hesitate to wear it on those evening outdoor occasions. Keeps the mosquitoes out but lets the men go wild. The multi-purpose of many scents on this list is quite apparent. The plants will for example greatly improve the look of your garden, while also attracting butterflies.
What Scents Keep Mosquitoes Away?
There are a lot of different naturally occurring odors that will have positive side-effects for people, but do even better as a mosquito repellent. The following scents are very effective to keep most mosquitoes away:
Lavender is such a lovely, appealing plant that has so many uses. It can be used in cooking and its fragrance can help relieve stress. That same scent can also help keep mosquitoes at bay! A few drops of this lavender oil on your skin (or mixed with water to create a spray) will keep flying pests at bay.
Planting a few lavender flowers in your garden can also brighten up your yard and repel mosquitoes at the same time. But do be careful when handling this plant: Some people are allergic to the scent of lavender and it can trigger migraines, so make sure to test your reaction before use.
2: Perfume That Repels Mosquitoes
Unlike many other solutions listed here, this solution may require a bit of trial and error on your part. Mosquitoes have been shown to have an aversion to strong aromas and that extends to body sprays, perfumes, and cologne. Fun fact: Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume is rumored to be extremely effective at repelling mosquitoes, for instance.
They also have a body lotion version, if you prefer that one. The Victoria’s Secret Bombshell body lotion has more reviews on Amazon, so it certainly seems to be the popular option. If you’ve read this far, you may have even recognized some of the other solutions on this list as ingredients for your favorite spray. It may seem silly to spritz yourself a few times with perfume or cologne before venturing to your backyard, but it really can repel mosquitoes and cut down on aggravating bug bites.
A delicious herb you probably already have on hand, thyme creates an effective scent to repel mosquitoes. In order to use it most effectively, you’ll want to purchase thyme oil and mix it with another oil (or water) to create a repellent. If you want to use it directly on your skin, mix 4 drops of thyme oil with a base oil (such as jojoba) and apply. You can also create a homemade bug spray using 5 drops of thyme oil with 2 ounces of water. If you don’t have any thyme oil on hand but plan to be outside around a campfire, you can simply throw a handful of leaves into the flames to repel mosquito.
Strong minty scents are incredibly unpleasant to mosquitoes and can help repel any would-be bloodsuckers. Luckily, peppermint smells delicious to humans and can be both a pleasant perfume and effective mosquito repellent. You can use peppermint to keep bugs at bay by crushing the leaves and rubbing them against your skin afterward. You can also use a few drops of peppermint essential oil in the same way. Peppermint plants around the house can also provide additional protection. As a bonus, peppermint oil can help relieve any itchiness if you forget to rub it on as a repellent before heading outside.
In addition to being a delicious spice to use while baking, cinnamon can also help repel mosquitoes. If you’re looking to use it for repellent, purchase some cinnamon oil and create a solution by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of oil with 4 ounces of water. You can then spray the solution on your skin, hair, clothing, or even around your home. Cinnamon oil can also help cut mosquitoes off at the source. If you have standing water around your home where you notice mosquitoes laying eggs, applying cinnamon oil to the eggs will help kill them before the mosquitoes even get the chance to hatch.
Basil is so much more than a delicious herb to add to your favorite pasta or pesto recipe: it can also be a useful tool in your first aid kit or beauty routine. The smell basil emits (which is pleasant to humans) is incredibly effective at repelling mosquitoes. The next time you are headed outside during mosquito season, create your own bug spray that’s safe for skin and hair with 1/4 teaspoon of basil oil and 4 ounces of water. If you have a green thumb, you can also grow fresh basil that will act as a 24/7 repellent to bothersome bugs.
If you are looking for a more permanent scent to repel mosquitoes, consider a trip to your local garden supply store to purchase some geranium blooms. These beautiful flowers can effectively repel mosquitoes from your home when planted outside. They come in a variety of scents, so you could purchase a few different types to figure out what works best at repelling the mosquitoes in your area. Although they grow best in warm and sunny climates, you can keep them in planters so long as you prune them frequently. Geranium is also a popular ingredient in many types of perfume, so you could also purchase a bottle to ward off mosquitoes.
Garlic is effective at repelling all sorts of bloodsuckers from cape-clad vampires to pesky mosquitoes. If you enjoy the taste of garlic, simply consuming it can help to repel mosquitoes by merging with your natural odor. Add a bit to your favorite pasta or other savory foods and you’re good to go! If you aren’t a fan of the taste, don’t worry! You can cut garlic cloves into slivers and scatter them outside to act as a barrier. You can also diffuse several cloves of minced garlic in mineral oil (allowing them to soak for 24 hours), then strain out the cloves and use the oil as a mosquito repellent spray.
9: Vanilla Extract
Pure vanilla extract can be an effective mosquito repellent. It’s important that the extract you use contains no additional additives (like sugar or alcohol), so make sure to read the label carefully. Mix a tablespoon of vanilla extract with a tablespoon of water; you can also add a few drops of an essential oil like peppermint to create an even more effective repellent. Once you’ve mixed everything well, soak a cotton ball and dab it on your skin to keep mosquitoes away. Bonus: vanilla smells wonderful and is a common ingredient in perfume and body spray, so you’ll smell good will keeping bugs from biting!
10: Lemon Balm
Another member of the mint family, lemon balm is a common ingredient in many stress relief teas. Like peppermint, it’s minty/citrus scent is unappealing to mosquitoes and can be used to stop the winged pests in their tracks. To use it as a repellent, crush a few leaves and then rub them against your skin to deter mosquitoes (use the leftovers in your next cup of tea.) You can also plant lemon balm in your garden to keep mosquitoes at a minimum. Bonus: butterflies and bees love the smell of lemon balm, so you’ll swap the presence of bad bugs for good bugs!
11: Neem Oil
Neem oil has many natural bug repellent properties that can make it an attractive solution during mosquito season. Studies have found it to be an extremely effective solution to mosquitoes: Some experts claim a fresh application of neem oil repellent can keep mosquitoes away for up to three hours. Although it is an effective solution, avoiding applying neem oil directly to your skin as it can cause irritation. Instead, mix 50 milliliters of neem oil with your favorite lotion and then apply liberally to repel mosquitoes. You can also add a few drops to outdoor torches for even more protection.
Bright golden marigolds can be a beautiful, vibrant addition to your garden. They can also be your greatest secret weapon: their very strong aroma repels a variety of winged insects, including pesky mosquitoes. Marigolds are perennials, so they grow best in warm and sunny climates. If you live somewhere cold, they’ll need to grow in planters. You can also purchase fresh-cut marigold flowers and arrange them in vases around your home for more protection. Like lavender, some people react poorly to the strong aroma so make sure to test your own reaction before planting them around your home.
13: Soybean Oil
Soybean oil can provide a very effective, long-lasting solution to repelling biting insects. It has a somewhat chemical aroma reminiscent of fresh paint that can be a bit unpleasant to humans, but is downright intolerable to mosquitoes. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of soybean oil with 4 ounces of water to create your own bug spray, then use on your skin and clothes before heading outside. If you find the soybean oil odor a bit too strong, you can also add a few drops of another essential oil (like lemongrass) to the solution or couple it with your favorite perfume or cologne.
If you are a cat lover or owner, you probably already know a bit about catnip. It can be a wonderful treat for any feline friends, but it can also keep biting insects away. Studies suggest Nepetalactone, the essential oil within catnip plants, can be up to ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET. You can try planting some in your yard to act as a natural repellent or you can also crush a few leaves and rub them directly on your skin for a more direct approach. As a bonus, any leftovers can go straight to your favorite feline friend!
Yet another essential oil that’s scent repels mosquitoes, bergamot can be a powerful natural bug repellent. It has a bright, sweet smell that’s commonly used to calm agitation, promote restful sleep, or lift one’s spirits. If you are interested in using its aroma to repel mosquitoes, you can add 1/4 teaspoon of bergamot oil to 4 ounces of water and use in a spray bottle on your skin. It’s also safe to spray on your hair and can add shine to your locks. You can also use a few drops in a diffuser if you’re going to be outdoors on your porch.
Rosemary is truly a jack-of-all-trades. Like basil, it has first aid applications, can add delicious flavor to your favorite dishes, and is in a variety of beauty products. It is extremely aromatic and its pleasant aroma is appealing to humans, but acts as a natural mosquito repellent. Growing rosemary will provide constant protection from unwanted mosquitoes. You can also create a simple bug repellent spray by boiling 1 cup of dried rosemary in a quart of water for 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat and strain, then allow to cool before spraying on your skin (it is also safe for pets.)
17: Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Lemon eucalyptus oil has been a popular mosquito repellent since the 1940s. In fact, eucalyptus oil has been used in commercial mosquito repellents for many years. It has a very pleasant, citrus scent that mosquitoes simply cannot stand to be around but appeals to most people. If you would like to use lemon eucalyptus oil against biting insects, combine 1 teaspoon of lemon eucalyptus oil with 10 teaspoons of witch hazel. You can then use cotton balls to dab this mix against your skin or use it in a spray bottle. Although this mix is natural and an effective mosquito repellent, it’s not safe for consumption–so it may not be the best solution for very young children.
18: Black Pepper
Finally, a use for all the little pepper packets you might be collecting if you order takeout frequently! Black pepper has a spicy, subtle aroma that can help keep mosquitoes at a distance. You can sprinkle black pepper around your doorways or outside areas you frequent to repel mosquitoes. You can also purchase black pepper oil to use directly as a repellent. If using the oil, be wary that applying it directly to your skin may result in irritation. Instead, mix it with water or a base oil and use a cotton ball to dab it on.
Tansy is not only beautiful and extremely easy to grow, but its scent is also a natural enemy to mosquitoes everywhere. Before you rush off to plant tansy in your garden, however, be advised that it can consume a garden if left unattended. Instead, it is advised to plant some tansy in a few pots to ward off mosquitoes. You can also add a cup of fresh tansy leaves to 1 quart of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow it to cool, then strain and place in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on plants around your home or outside areas to repel insects.
Cloves are another catch-all solution commonly used in natural remedies due to their antiseptic and pain-relieving properties. They can cure toothaches and colds, promote bone health, and ease upset tummies. They are also a great solution to repelling biting insects! Cloves have a spicy, warm, fruity aroma that can be very pleasing to humans and downright repulsive to mosquitoes. If you’re looking to use cloves as a mosquito repellent, you can stash a sachet of cloves in your pocket or purse whenever outdoors. The aroma of the cloves will leave you smelling wonderful while also keeping mosquitoes at a distance.
Plant scents are amazing at keeping insects at bay. And marigold plats will actually look great in your garden as well! There is absolutely no reason for you not to get some marigold seeds and plant them in your yard. If you want some more information on plants to place in your garden for repelling insect pests, I highly recommend you to check out this practical article I wrote. And there we go, we reached the end of this list. Now we have exactly 21 scented solutions to get rid of those annoying bloodsucking insects.
Choosing Scents That Keep Bugs Away
Did you recognize any of the scents and smells listed above? Were you surprised by any of the entries? With these 21 aromas, you can finally venture outside without worrying about being bitten by mosquitoes. Many of these items can also be combined to provide even more effective protection.
Remember that mosquitoes also spawn in standing water, so make sure to frequently change any water in your yard to reduce mosquito birth rates. Wearing protective clothing can also help reduce the risk of being bitten. Next time you are looking for a scent to repel mosquitoes, take a look back at this list and enjoy your mosquito-free time outdoors. If you want to increase your arsenal directly with some more heavy-duty anti-mosquito solutions, check out some of these product reviews I made.
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Things Mice Don’t Like – What Scares & Repels Them
A surefire way to get rid of mice is to make sure your home is not filled with their favorite things. Doing so can be tricky since mice like a lot of the same things as people. Having a few things in common with these tiny home invaders doesn’t mean you have to live with them, though.
Find out what kinds of things mice don’t like (and some of what they do) and how you can use that information to keep mice outside where they belong.
First, a few facts about mice:
Mice are motivated by survival instincts, meaning they will do whatever they can to find food, water and shelter. However, like people, mice have preferences; there are some things mice love and some things mice hate.
The common house mouse is small, furry, has a pointed nose, big ears, and a tail. Mice can live up to two years in captivity, but typically lead shorter lives in the wild. They can reproduce when they are just two months old. A female mouse can give birth to a litter of mice every 6-8 weeks, and each litter can consist of 2-12 mice.
Now that you know more about mice, you’ll be able to understand what kinds of things they like and what they would prefer to avoid.
Things that repel mice
Although mice aren’t exclusively nocturnal, they tend to be more active at night for a few reasons. Survival instincts cause mice to avoid larger animals, and being active at night helps mice avoid being seen by predators, as well as avoid contact with people. Because mice avoid danger, they may scared off by loud noises or bright, flashing lights as well.
Another way mice avoid danger is by relying on their senses. House mice have poor eyesight, but a keen sense of smell. Rodents rely on their sense of smell to find food, detect danger and to follow scent trails as a way of navigation.
Contrary to what cartoons may have led you to believe, mice don’t actually like cheese. If you think about it, you’ll realize that cheese is quite stinky. Some smells repel mice. The scent of another animal, such as a cat may repel mice. Even the scent of another mouse may alert a rodent to avoid an unfriendly neighbor. Plants and trees have understood this for a long time, using fragrances to attract helpful insects like bees and repel pests.
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Things that attract mice:
In favorable conditions, such as spring and summer when the weather is warm, and food is abundant, mice will live outdoors because nature can satisfy all their needs. When the temperature drops during fall and winter, mice look for shelter in homes, garages, farm buildings, stored vehicles and other places that offer protection from the elements.
Mice are omnivores and can eat almost anything. Fruit, seeds and grains are a mouse’s favorite foods. Outdoors, gardens, farm fields, and places where people leave food scraps behind are the best places to find mice. Indoors, mice will be attracted to food pantries, uncovered garbage cans, stored seeds and pet or animal food.
Mice like to eat 15-20 times each day. Because mice eat so frequently, they like to make their homes and nest near a reliable food source. Rodents also find pleasure in chewing wiring, and research has found that 8% of all household fires are caused this way. Some materials mice might gnaw on include books, magazines, wood, cardboard, or plastic. When moving around, mice enjoy following ‘runways.’ You might see them running alongside the back of a couch, a row of boxes, or next to the mop boards and walls.
How to get rid of mice:
If you are worried about a mouse in the house, you can do a quick inventory around your house to make sure you aren’t attracting rodents. Cleaning up the materials mice use for nesting and gnawing, as well as any cluttered areas where they may find shelter will reduce the chances of an infestation. Storing food in air-tight containers and using garbage cans with a fitted lid will prevent mice too.
For more information about how to prevent mice, and how you can use a scent-based repellent to protect your home, click below.
Natural Things That Scare Away Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are the main cause of malaria though they cause other fatal diseases like yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya etc.; they infect humans with plasmodium parasite (the bacteria that causes malaria) when they bite, without them biting one in the first place and infecting them with plasmodium, they will be no malaria.
An anopheles mosquito carrying the plasmodium parasite has the sporozoites in their saliva, during the process of biting and sucking blood, the sporozoites enters the body and heads straight to the liver where it matures and converts to merozoites.
These merozoites then multiply in the cells of the liver till they rupture and burst open and flow into the blood stream; as they enter the blood stream, they immediately start to invade the red blood cells and enter them; they multiply quickly and rupture the red blood cells bursting them open; they also destroy newly formed red blood cells.
This massive destruction of the red blood makes them unable to carry out their function; the red blood cells helps in transporting oxygen to every tissue and organ of the body and removes carbondioxide, a toxic by product of respiration.
When they are unable to carry out this function, the body gets affected and signs and symptoms of malaria start to manifest and if untreated, it can lead to death.
There are commercial insecticides that are available in the market but they are expensive, inhaling them gives unpleasant side effects and they also have negative impact on the environment.
There are things we can do and natural things we can mix and put in our homes that can make them unwelcome and scare this unwanted blood sucking insects away from our home without side effects and they are also safe for the environment, thereby preventing malaria.
Dirty and water lodged environment are breeding grounds for mosquitoes; if your environment is dirty, mosquitoes will feel welcomed.
Cut the grass around your house; create proper water drainage to prevent water lodging and harbouring mosquitoes.
Sleeping in mosquito treated nets can help if you have no control over the neatness of your environment, e.g. when you are staying in a hostel with plenty students and the place is always wet and dirty.
Homemade mosquito trap
This method is known as sugar-yeast fermentation, it is a cheap, effective and convenient way of getting rid of mosquitoes from your home.
Add brown sugar in hot water and mix well and let it cool; cut a plastic bottle in two and pour the mixture in it; add yeast and put the other half in it like a funnel (that is upside down).
Wrap a black tape round the bottle but leave the top uncovered. Put this in an area where mosquitoes are plenty. Change the solution every two weeks.
This common kitchen ingredient repels mosquitoes; they even hate the smell of garlic. Garlic is so powerful that it can even kill the larva of mosquitoes when it comes in contact with it.
You can crush few cloves of garlic and expose it so that the scent can fill the room and if you want to eliminate them permanently, you can make homemade mosquito repellent using garlic.
To do this; crush few cloves of garlic and boil it with water then pour the mixture in a spray container and spray strategic locations of your house or their hideout, or you can use garlic powder.
This will kill both the mosquitoes and their larva. You can eat garlic or rub the juice from crushed garlic cloves on your skin to prevent mosquito bites.
Mosquitoes are attracted to carbondioxide; the air we breathe out. Using dry ice is a method of trapping mosquitoes to kill them.
Dry ice emits carbondioxide, so put it in an open container and leave it for a while; when it attracts all the mosquitoes, close the lid and take it out of the house.
When you are in mosquito prone area, avoid exercising too much to avoid releasing too much carbondioxide that will attract mosquitoes to you.
Ground coffee when sprinkled on stagnant water brings the larva of mosquitoes to the surface of the water where they will be starved of oxygen and die; this will prevent them from hatching and reduce their population greatly.
Close all your doors and windows; light camphor and leave it for 30 minutes, you will not find any mosquito when you go back to the room.
You can also make mosquito repellent with camphor and neem oil; put three camphor balls in an empty spray container, pour neem oil in it and spray strategic locations of your room; this will help in chasing mosquitoes away.
Plant mosquito repellent plants around your house
There are certain herbs and plants that a mosquito hates the smell; planting some of these plants around your house even if it is in a pot or container will help you clear your environment of mosquitoes.
Some of these plants are lemongrass, rosemary, basil, catnip, wormwood, peppermint, lavender, citrus, lemons, citronella, bay leaves, etc.
Avoid strong perfumes and shampoos
Mosquitoes are attracted to artificial smell of perfumes and shampoos; they are also attracted to fabric conditioners and strong scenting sunscreens. Use artificial scents that are not too strong.
With these simple, cheap and effective homemade mosquito repellent techniques; your home will not be a convenient place for them thereby reducing the risk of you and your family members coming down with malaria.
Best Plants that Naturally Repel Snakes
Snakes are an essential part of the ecosystem. However, many species possess defensive traits that are harmful, or even deadly, to humans. Therefore, if you live in a snake prone area, try using certain plants that repel both venomous and non-venomous snakes around your garden, activity areas, and household entryways. These plants will help to keep your property free from snakes.
If you live in an area of the country where snakes thrive, you have undoubtedly considered the worst case scenario. Children can become the first target, as they will be the ones to unwittingly venture into a snake’s habitat during play. If you are an avid gardener or landscaper, the dangers are also present. Humans are hardwired to be wary of snakes since they have historically been a mortal threat. When it comes to your home, snakes will find their way in—unless, you create an anti-snake environment. Read below for the eight plants that make effective snake repellents and keep them away from your home and yard.
Designing an Anti-Snake Garden
Snakes love areas of dense coverage where an ample food source is present. Thick floral ground coverage attracts rats and mice, which in turn attracts snakes. They can hide under small rock beds, in vines, and anywhere that they can feed. So, design an anti-snake garden, which incorporates plants that repel snakes.
Plants that repel snakes will vary, depending on your natural ecosystem. Unfortunately, there is no single plant that will unanimously repel all snakes from your garden. However, when used correctly, they can be incredibly effective. Anything a snake smells from the moment it hatches will be a comforting smell to the snake. Therefore, if you are trying to rid your area of an existing snake infestation, the battle is uphill. If you are simply looking to deter snakes that are trying to get in from elsewhere to invade your property, the process is more straightforward.
Snakes do not like strong, bitter, or foreign smells. However, the kind of smell a snake considered “strong” or “unpleasant,” is contingent on the smells that they are born into. For instance, if you have a garden of onions, and there is a pregnant snake already inhabiting your field, the newborn snakes will associate the smell of onions with safety and “home.” This is not good for the property owner. However, for snakes that were not born into the onion garden, this smell will strongly deter them.
It is a subject of much conjecture as to what plants are most reliable for repelling pests. But, regardless of which plants you use, the principle of design is the same. To design a garden with plants that repel snakes, you will need to employ three key elements: a snake barrier, a variety of deterrent plants, and a lacking food source. Snakes eat mice, rats, and other small animals. Therefore, if your garden is unattractive to these critters, it will be unattractive to snakes. Using one, or multiple plants listed below, plant a hedge barrier around the perimeter of your garden. What’s more, he more rows of barrier plants, the more effective they will become. For example, a barrier row of onions is fine; a barrier row of onions and garlic is better; and a barrier row of onions, followed by garlic, followed by tobacco is great.
Plants that repel snakes will vary, depending on your natural ecosystem. Unfortunately, there is no single plant that will unanimously repel all snakes from your garden. However, when used correctly, they can be incredibly effective.
Are Snakes Bad for the Garden?
Contrary to popular belief, snakes are actually great for the garden. They will actively control other garden pests, like rodents, which can destroy entire crop fields, wreak havoc on your plants, and invade your home. The reason for ridding your property of snakes is not for the ecological value, but for safety reasons. If you are attempting to rid your garden of snakes, chemical solutions are only useful for a few species of snakes. All over the world, especially in North Africa, Central and South America, and the mountains of the American NorthWest, organic solutions have proven effective for deterring snakes of all species.
Four Plants that Repel Snakes
Some of the four commonly found plants that repel snakes do so for known reasons—while others are a little more mysterious. Regardless, planting a wide variety of plants is the best way to create a reliable snake deterrent. Snakes do not like strong smells, so employing a mixture of plants will provide above ground and below ground coverage. The following are four plants that are known to repel snakes:
Marigolds are commonly used in an effort to deter pests. The reason is in the roots of the plant. It has traditionally been implemented to deter gophers and moles. The roots grow deep and aggressively, which give off a strong odor that repels many garden pests and critters. What’s more, the bright flowers look good on your property. Marigolds can provide a hiding spot for mice and other snake prey; however, the root’s strong odor keeps pests from settling in.
2. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is one of the best plants that repel snakes because of its sharp leaves—but also because the plant rejuvenates the oxygen at a higher-than-normal rate. Unlike smelly plants, snakes find the sight of Mother-in-Laws Tongue frightening. It is a great-looking plant to have around the garden as a barrier against snakes and it is very low maintenance. The plant needs water only three times per week and this perennial plant will last for many years. If propagating from a single host plant, be sure to let the roots establish themselves first for at least three months after planting. It is used as a snake repellent for warm outdoor climates and indoors in cool climates.
3. West Indian Lemongrass
Lemongrass produces a citrus smell that deters snakes. Citronella is also a by-product of lemongrass, which mosquitoes detest. This is one of the best plants that repel snakes, mosquitoes, and even ticks from your garden. Lemongrass is drought-resistant and easy to maintain. What’s more, it is an attractive addition to any landscape. Use lemongrass to form a secure barrier from snakes and repel mosquitoes and ticks at the same time.
4. Onion & Garlic
Onions and garlic are very useful garden plants for repelling snakes. Both plants give off a smell that snakes not only dislike, but it also confuses them. Garlic plants are thought to be the best plants that repel snakes. The plant gives off an oily residue when a snake slithers over a clove. This oil acts very much like an onion does when we slice it: the aroma is disorienting like a pepper spray.
There is no single plant that will do all of the work but, by combining the four plants that repel snakes listed above, you can create a snake-free zone in which to garden, play and live. It is simply a question of combining the best plants that repel snakes. The aesthetic design, however, is up to you.