Prevent snakes in your backyard

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I have always loved going to the forest… places that is plentiful with nature. Even at a young age, I would go to Turkey Swamp to do meditations. I enjoy doing meditations, pujas and giving Dharma talks to my students in these natural environments. A few weeks back, I brought a few of my close students for a picnic in the forest. We had a good time, did pujas and also had a brief Dharma talk. 

Being in the forest is great, but we should never forget that we are trespassing the habitat of other beings living in the forest. It can be quite dangerous especially if the animals feel threatened by our presence.

With much concern, Paris, my long time student, did some research on natural snake repellents that we can use whenever we go up to the forest. These snake repellents do not harm the snakes, but only deter them from coming to the area while we’re around! They are not guaranteed to work but from research, that is what others recommend.

I want to make sure that my students are always safe in the forest…

I have decided to make a blog post on these findings as I feel it will help many people. Below are just a few natural methods to repel snakes. Does anyone here know other snake repellents that originate from natural sources? Do leave a comment if you have any other information on natural snake repellents so that everyone can benefit from it.  

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Before looking ways on how to repel snakes, lets look at the ways to prevent snakes from entering our backyard.

  1. Get rid of covered or hidden places to keep snakes away.
  2. Removing or reducing areas where snakes are found will force the snake to seek a different place to hide. Some of these areas include: Tall grasses, shrubs, wood or rock piles, and boards, logs or anything that will allow the snakes to crawl under.
  3. Eliminate access to other areas the snakes may find appealing such as under a table.
  4. Be sure your place is free from the sources of food a snake would depend on which are: Rats, mice, frogs, and lizards; which are the staple diet of a snake.
  5. Have a skilled person to remove them from your backyard. In Malaysia, this is usually done by the Fire Department.

 

Some popular methods that claim to repel snakes but are not effective:

  •  Roping off affected area with hemp rope.
  • Spreading mothballs around the affected area. No effect.
  • Flooding snake dens. They don’t drown, they just crawl away.
  • Spreading gas or diesel around. Very not effective.
  • Sulfur powder.

 

Some plants that can be planted around your backyard to repel snakes naturally

1) Wormwood (Artemisia)

 Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort or common wormwood) is one of several species in the genus Artemisia which have common names that include the word mugwort. This species is also occasionally known as Felon Herb, Chrysanthemum Weed, Wild Wormwood, Old uncle Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco, Naughty Man, Old Man or St. John’s Plant (not St John’s wort).

In some places, wormwood is considered as an invasive weed. It is a very common plant growing on nitrogenous soils such as waste places and roadsides. It is a tall herbaceous perennial plant with a woody root.

The down side of this plant is that it is an aggressive and invasice plant that takes over wherever it is planted which leads to another issue of management control.

 

Management control of wormwood can be done as the following:

  1. Manual removal – expensive and time consuming.
  2. Systemic herbicide glyphosphate – targets mugwort and not surrounding plants, may effect soil microbes and other life.
  3. Soil Pasturisation – using Solar to kill mugwort seeds and larger roots.
  4. Mulch
  5. Herbicides – toxic and pollutes the soil, can bring harm to people who come into contact with them.

 

2) Tulbaghia Violacea

Tulbaghia violacea is a popular garden plant that is useful for difficult hot corners of the garden as it will tolerate prolonged drought. This attractive plan is ideal for the herb garden, as both the leaves and flowers can be used in salads and other dishes. The crushed leaves may be used to help cure sinus, headaches and to discourage moles from the garden. The smell repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes when crushed on the skin.

The fresh bulbs can be boiled and the decoction can be taken orally to clear up coughs and colds. It has also been used as a remedy for pulmonary tuberculosis and to destroy intestinal worms.

It is also a very good snake repellent and for this reason the Zulus plant it around their homes.

 

 

 

3) West Indian Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Snakes don’t like the citrus smell from the leaves. The leaves or the tips can turn brown in extreme heat in summer. It requires very little care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Sarpgandha (Rauwolfia serpentina)

Known by a variety of local names such as Sarpagandha, Indian Snake root and Insanity herb, this plant is known for its ability to repell away snakes.

Sarpgandha is found in many Asian countries, mainly India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Malaysia and Thailand.

 

 

 

5) Andrographis paniculata

Andrographis paniculata is a herbaceous plant commonly found in India and Sri Lanka. It is widely cultivated in south Asia for the treatment of some infectious disease. The leaves and roots was often used before antibiotics were created.

In Malaysia, it is known as ‘Hempedu Bumi’ literally means ‘bile of earth’ since it is one of the most bitter plant used in traditional medicine.

 

 

 

 

Other common repellants.

1)  Garlic Mixture

Garlic mixtures are effective as snake repellants. You can either get them commercially such as Snake Stopper or make your own.

Here are the ingredients to make your own garlic mixture:

  1. 10 garlic bulbs (purple ones are best as they are very potent)
  2. Four table spoons of garlic oil or any other vegetable oil.
  3. Some water

 

 

Preparation:

  1. Take a blender and add some water.
  2. Separate the garlic into cloves and add them to the blender.
  3. Start blending it until a smooth nice paste is formed, then add the oil.
  4. Leave the mixture in a plastic container for an hour with the lid on.
  5. Now it’s ready, and place a few drops in any area you don’t want snakes to be seen. Repeat the process after it rains.
  6. The effectiveness of the mixture usually lasts for three weeks, then you will need to make a new batch.

 

2) Cinnamon oil & clove oil mixture

Research has shown that cinnamon oil, clove oil and eugenol are effective to be used as snake repellants. Snakes will retreat when sprayed directly with these oils and even vacate the area in confined spaces when these oils are introduced in these areas. However, application to hard surfaces will not prevent prevent the snakes from entering the area.

 

Non-natural snake repellants that are safe: Liquid Fence

Liquid Fence is a commercial product that is safe to be used as it do not contain naphthalene, a harmful chemical that can be hazardous to the health of both humans and animals. The ingredients in Liquid Fence irritate and confuses the snake’s ability to gather information, forcing the snake to retreat from that area to another.

It is very simple to use, it is effective just by spraying the repellent around areas where snakes are present or likely to be present. Liquid Fence have been proven to be safe, effective, easy to use, and long lasting.

 

 

Disclaimer: These may or may not work depending on what part of the world you live in…They are not guaranteed to work but from research, that is what others recommend.

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  1. anita omoruyi on Apr 7, 2015 at 12:13 am

    thank you very much i have planted some tobacco plant round my huse

  2. Claudia Brown on Mar 11, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Please help me to get rid of Spiders and Snakes. Thank you so much.

  3. Thomas on Jul 30, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I’m not sure if the info you posted above is your friend’s original work or not, but this site out of South Africa has the exact same page with exact wording. They essentially lifted the text from here and re-posted. Hopefully they had your permission.
    http://www.hibiscuscoastseconds.co.za/natural-ways-repel-snakes/

  4. Captain D. J. Mody on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I find the advise very useful…but what I appreciate about this article is that it does not push any product but gives simple & possibly effective homemade recipes to tackle the very same problem.

  5. YUSUF RASHEED on Feb 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Nice post, have here about this snake repellent, Gallic; but i don’t believe it work, but now have believe.

  6. ken jessmon on Nov 17, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Can the snake repelling plants (or seeds) be purchased and sent to me in the United states (Milwaukee,Wisconsin). Would be interested in the distribution of these plants in the U.S. Thanks Ken

  7. thierry on Nov 7, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Very useful post, thank you very much Rinpoche.
    This will help keep everyone at home safe from snakes and it will also keep the snakes safe too!

  8. Steven on Nov 5, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Acording to Santideva’s “Siksa Samuccaya(A Compendium of Buddhist Doctrine) Translated by Cecil Bendal an WHD Rouse There is a chant to keep snakes at bay. The excerpt will follow:
    “And a charm against poison, namely: ‘Ilimitte tilimite ilitilimitte, dumbe, dushe, duhsaliye dumbaliye, takke tarkarane, marmme marmarane, kasmira kasmiramukte adhane adhanadhane, ilimiliye, akhapye akhapye, sveta svetatunde anaurakshe, hail!’
    He that hears this spell once is proof against snake-bite for seven year, and no poison will enter his body. If any snake bites him its head will burst into seven pieces like a splay of flowers.*arjaha ocimum grarissimum.
    He that knows this spell is free for life from snake-bite, and no poison will enter his body. These magical charms which make the snake die must not be recited in the presence of the snake.
    To wit:*(translators note) “Illa cilla, cakko … (ask HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, for the rest… [I don't want to give out the rest of this and potentially harm some reptile...I have a feeling he means any reptile when he says snake here.])
    So brethren, when the snake charmer recites this spell against poison in all the assemblies of all creatures all is real exact very truth, unassailable, incontrovertible : let this poison be no poison ; let it go back to the giver, let it go back to the biter, let fire and water mound or pillar or wall, let it pass in peace! Hail .(pgs 138-9)

    My observation about reptiles and this chant, comes to me because the day I first recited this in my gompa upstairs away from my yard, I found dead lizard in and around my house.

  9. Krystyna on Jul 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished
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  10. LAWRENCE R. M. KADEGE on Jan 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP AWAY FROM MY HOUSE ALL KINDS OF SNAKES BECAUSE THEY SCARE MY FAMILY. PLEASE ASSIST ME GET PLANT REPELLENTS

  11. patsy on Dec 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you, Paris for your research. Snakes are not something that most people want around their homes. Finding them when trying to garden or do some work in the yard can be frightening to many people.

    I was told that cat litter or very small pebbles annoy snakes as
    these can get lodged under their scales and make the snake very uncomfortable. Another thing that snakes do not like is spicy smells. I think it’s because they “inhale” it through their skin. We can take spicy sauces or peppers and mix with a bit of water and spray around the area or we can spray ammonia mixed with lemon dishwasher detergent. I am not sure whether it works as I have not tried them as there are no snakes where I live.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this information.

  12. Girlie Ooi on Dec 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Not too long, my brother called to tell me that two very large snakes were seen around our house. His children were panicking and his wife called the Fire Brigade. By the time they arrived, the snakes were nowhere to be found. I guess they must have just slithered away after an evening stroll?

    P/S : We have Lemon Grass in the backyard but that did not deter the snakes. Maybe we should plant more?

  13. bengkooi on Aug 23, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Thank you to Paris for your helpful research! I am surprised to read that sulphur doesn’t actually help repel snakes! In the haven, we had been using sulphur for ages to repel snakes from the surrounding area. Good job with the research so that we would not have been under the illusion that we were protected!

    I also like the fact that majority of the snake repelling plants have their own medicinal or edible uses. We can plant loads of these in KFR and we sure will need them. Having retreats and activities in the forest is great, but we must ensure the safety of all who work or visit it.

  14. julia Tan on Jul 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this. It’s very important to know how to prevent snakes especially for those who has a tropical garden in your house compound or near their house. When I stayed i Ampang many years ago. My house was facing a jungle. Many times, snakes and iguanas came to visit us. We do not kill them but just chase them away with stick. I think they must be hungry and looking for food.

    Among all the plants I think I will use Tulbahia Violacea to prevent snakes because the plant itself can be used as medicine to treat coughs and colds, easy to take care and the flowers has a very pleasant look too.

  15. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting information that many of us can use if we live or happen to go to places near where snakes resides. This advice may just save some one , don’t underestimate!

  16. KPDarren on Apr 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post. My housing area has been infested with snakes due to uncared bushes and tall grass from playground.
    I had shared these info with my neighbours and they going to plant lemon grass plant in the house compound. There were few cases that morning joggers saw snakes in the ground.
    Last month a neighbour across my had a 4 meter long black color snake visit their living hall. We had hire people to clear off the tall grass on the ground. We had check with the fire fighter, and they said to only catch these snake when we know where the nest are.

  17. Uncle Eddie on Apr 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Snakes’prey are generally swallowed whole, and consist of everything, from earthworms to rabbits, though eggs are said to be the favourite. Snakes are said to be especially important in control of rodents, and can be a farmer’s best friend. It seems snakes occupy mainly underground and aquatic environments. Generally, snakes are shy and retiring. It is said that much of their behaviour is a function of survival within the limits and oppurnities. Snakes are normally ectothermic or cold bloodedness, i.e. snakes are unable to regulate the temperature of their body internally. However, snakes can absorb heat from the ground, from surrounding air and objects next to them, and can cool themselves byseeking shade, lying in shallow pools of water,or crawling down a rock-crevice out of the sun. It is advised that the best defence against venomous snakes is avoidance. Being careful, alert and knowledgeable is the best way to avoid getting bitten.

  18. DR on Apr 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Years ago, I was at The Datai, Langkawi. Stayed in one of the villas in tropical jungle overlooking Andaman Sea. I was assured by the hotel staffs that it is safe to keep doors and windows open as there will be no snakes nor mosquitoes. Outside of the villa was heavily surrounded by West Indian Lemon Grass. It must have worked as I left the place in the same condition as when I checked in! Hahaha!

  19. Lisa on Apr 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Thank you Paris the information is very useful.
    Old folks say any repellents can try but the most effective one is still the sulfur powder.

  20. ECheah on Apr 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I read in the paper recently that when there were floods in Klang town recently, a few people reported that they came downstairs and to their shock and horror, their floor was teeming with cockroaches and another person had rats running riot! I laughed out loud at the thought as it reminded me of a movie. Oops, not too loud lest I create the karma to have that misfortune happen to me too. Anyway, when their dens are flooded they migrate and sometimes encroach into another’s territory. Just like ghosts and spirits, we want to survive, we all co-exist, we don’t really like each other and we elbow each other for space. Isn’t it the “I” talking again?

  21. tenzin llhamo on Apr 5, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Thank you for the research Paris. I will personally pick Liquid Fence as it is safe and not harmful. Also depending on which country I am in. Am trying my best to like nature now for the future as I am really terrified of creepy crawly…

  22. Roy Martinez on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Peacocks are a good repellant. They won’t go near their natural enemy especially if you live on a farm and they eat your eggs. The lemon grass also makes a good tea. I would go for the lemon grass that way you can enjoy a good cup of lemon tea in your snake-free garden.

    • Roy Martinez on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Hmmm, I wonder if the Naga Queen could keep them away if we made a shrine in our backyard and made offerings to her.

  23. Victor Phang on Apr 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    This is a very useful information.
    Thanks Paris for the hardwork and thanks Rinpoche for the sharing :)

    • bernard on Mar 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      thank you for the information i have garlic at home that i will make use of.

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    Tsem Rinpoche is an avid follower of the paranormal such as bigfoots. For more interesting writings and posts on the subject, please go to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    1 month ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    2 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: http://bit.ly/1KiXWf9 ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    2 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    2 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
    2 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
  • Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 months ago
    Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    For much more information, pictures and videos about the rescued birds at the aviary of Kechara Forest Retreat, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/aviary-kfr.html
  • Watch Dorje Shugden: My Side Of The Story. Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC6uKHM3dY
    2 months ago
    Watch Dorje Shugden: My Side Of The Story. Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC6uKHM3dY
  • A step by step explanation of Dorje Shugden's iconography in 3D!
    2 months ago
    A step by step explanation of Dorje Shugden's iconography in 3D!
  • Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    4 months ago
    Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
  • A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    4 months ago
    A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
  • Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
    4 months ago
    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
  • Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1
    4 months ago
    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1

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5 hours ago
Every Tuesday at 8- 9.30 pm we have White Tara puja dedicated to our beloved and precious Guru, H.E.Tsem Rinpoche. Tonight's puja was led by Pastor KH Ng and assisted by Pastor Gim Lee at main prayer hall. Lucy Yap
6 hours ago
Almost every week there would be sponsors sponsored for Medicine Buddha Puja. Medicine Buddha is not only healing for illness, He is extremely efficacious for both people within the healing profession (doctors, nurses, healers, psychologists etc) and people seeking right doctors, treatment, diagnosis, healing and effective medicine. By Puja House 7 July 2015
6 hours ago
Puja House today did Dzambala Puja. In the short term, he can bring us material wealth and help us out of poverty but more importantly, his practice can also bring us to spiritual wealth and personal growth to become a better person. By Puja House 7 July'15
7 hours ago
Welcome Ashley as KSDS Volunteer teacher. :) She has started to join Blogchat Dharma Sharing every Tuesday evening too. Stella
7 hours ago
Finding a spiritual guide is just as rare, like finding a needle in a haystack. And when you do, you should cherish this precious find, White Tara Puja held in Kechara Gompa every Tuesday dedicated to H.E Tsem Rinpoche's long life and health. By Puja House 7 July'15
7 hours ago
There will always be questions from Pastor Adeline that we need time to mull over before we can articulate our answers. Stella
7 hours ago
Pastor Adeline shared with us the key points of the blogpost. It's important for us to learn what is significant from each post. Stella
8 hours ago
This is the Blogchat topic for coming Saturday (11/7/15) at 11am.. Find us there at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com. Stella
15 hours ago
Tuesday has always been a day our clients look for whereby hotels from Starwood's Group would take turns to serve food on our soup kitchen. Today, we have food sponsorship from Aloft Kuala Lumpur Hotel and it was very well received by our clients! 一直以来,周二是我们的客户等待来 Starwood's 集团的酒店轮流赞助香积厨食物。今天我们有来自 Aloft Kuala Lumpur酒店的食物赞助和非常深受客户的喜爱! Justin@KSK
16 hours ago
The Ullambana festival is celebrated by Buddhists around the world. On this day prayers are offered both to their departed forefathers and to their living parents and elders. Ullambana tablets are available at Kechara House gompa .Offered tablets will be displayed at main prayer hall for blessings. For any inquiries please contact Frontdesk +603 7803 3908. Lucy Yap
19 hours ago
Team Bangkok Bank finished distributing at about 1am on Saturday. Total 160 sets of food were distributed. The volunteers from 1M4U food truck were helpful. All are young and energetic! 上星期六,Bangkok Bank团队派送食物直到凌晨一时。共160份食物被派出。来自IM4U的年轻志工们每个都很活泼也很帮得忙! Justin@KSK
20 hours ago
Our dedicated volunteers from PJ and their photos taken during food distribution on Sunday. 我们来自 PJ 的专业志愿者和周日食物分派时拍摄的照片. Justin@KSK
21 hours ago
A joint effort between Yayasan Kebajikan Negara, Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga Dan Masyarakat and Kechara Soup Kitchen held yesterday late afternoon. We served food packs and toiletries to a total of 500 homeless and urban poor. 昨日傍晚在国家福利基金,妇女,家庭与社会发展部和克切拉香积厨的共同努力成果下。我们提供了总数共500份的包装食品和日常用品给无家可归者和城市贫民。Justin@KSK
yesterday
Some of the food recipients enjoying their meal at Komtar Bus Terminal. Pastor Patsy
yesterday
Food distribution around Komtar. Pastor Patsy
yesterday
Food distribution around Mesjid area. Pastor Patsy
yesterday
More pictures of Lama Chopa puja at Kechara House gompa tonight to celebrate H.H.Dalai Lama Birthday. Lucy Yap
yesterday
06.07.2015 - Herbs, earth and other insertion items are dried in the sun - Pastor Jean Ai
yesterday
06.07.2015 - Animal hair washed and dried by Sarah for each vase. This includes cow, horse, goat, sheep and yak hair - Pastor Jean Ai
yesterday
06.07.2015 - Packing the hair and nails of old people over 80 years, symbolising longevity. Also to be inserted in each wealth vase - Pastor Jean Ai
yesterday
06.07.2015 - Gold for each wealth vase - Pastor Jean Ai
yesterday
06.07.2015 - Precious stones including rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds are packed in yellow paper for each wealth vase - Pastor Jean Ai
yesterday
06.07.2015 - Completed tsakaley - Pastor Jean Ai
yesterday
06.07.2015 - OM AH HUM is stuck on the back of each tsakaley - Pastor Jean Ai
yesterday
06.07.2015 - Cutting bamboo sticks to mount the tsakaleys - Pastor Jean Ai

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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