5 Low-Maintenance Plants That Will Repel Snakes for Good

I don't see how people in Florida do it! I feel like every time Florida is in the news, it's about gators. Those cold-blooded animals are terrifying. You know what else is scary? Gators' little cousins, snakes. If you have snakes in your garden, you'll want plants that repel snakes.

Snake repellent goes a long way, but I understand why some want a non-chemical solution. You can always make DIY natural snake repellent with essential oils to avoid chemicals, but plants are a win-win situation. You'll have beautiful flowers, plus a snake-free garden. Here are five plants that snakes will hate!

Where Do Snakes Like to Hide?

Snakes are known for hiding in tall grass, or just anywhere they're not easily spotted. Another good snake hiding place is woodpiles. If you have a woodpile, consider getting rid of it if it's not needed, or keep it covered.

Keep in mind that many garden pests and critters are drawn to places if you're providing them with food sources. If you have a chicken coop, you're probably thinking, "What do I do!?!" Visit our friends at Wide Open Pets to learn how to keep snakes out of your coop.

What Kind of Snakes Like Gardens?

You most likely have non-venomous snakes in your garden. Although, any snake is a scary snake, right? Here are some common snakes you might find in your garden:

  • Garter snakes
  • Rat snakes
  • Water snakes

Best Plants for Repelling Snakes

1. Marigold

Snakes are not fans of marigolds. These low-maintenance plants put off strong odors. Don't worry, nothing strong enough to keep you out of your garden, just snakes and critters.

Some would describe the drought-resistant flower's smell as musky and pungent.

2. Lemongrass

A snake repellent plant that you need in your garden is a West Indian lemongrass plant. Like most unwanted critters, they hate citrus smells. These will also keep mosquitoes away, along with outdoor citronella candles.

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3. Mugwort

Mugwort, or wormwood, also produces strong smells that snakes aren't fond of.

4. Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Snakes will stay away from these snake plants. They have sharp leaves, and they do not feel food against a snake's skin. They'll be sure to slither right out of your moist soil for good.

5. Pink agapanthus

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These pink flowers are pretty, but they don't necessarily smell "pretty." They're known for smelling like garlic! You might know them as society garlic or tulbaghia violacea.

Hopefully, you've only spotted a couple of harmless snakes (or none). If you believe you have an infestation, reach out to pest control. Snake bites are no fun! Neither are mothballs, but you may need something stronger than a natural repellent if you're around vipers.

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