Tips to Repel Snakes and Reptiles

This article provides some helpful tips on how to repel snakes, lizards, and other reptiles from your home or garden, as well as recommendations on different snake and reptile repellents you can use in a domestic setting.

Before learning how to repel snakes, and other reptiles, it’s essential to understand why these animals are present in your home or garden. In most cases, reptiles are there because they are looking for food or shelter. Therefore, the most important thing to prevent their presence is to avoid creating an environment where they can find shelter and food.

Tips to prevent snakes and lizards in your garden

Here are some tips that you can easily implement to minimize the presence of snakes, lizards, geckos, or other reptiles in your home or garden:

  • Mow the lawn regularly – Short grass prevents snakes, and other reptiles from hiding in the garden. In short grass, snakes know that they are much more exposed to predators, so they avoid it.
  • Avoid over-watering the lawn – Excessive moisture attracts worms, earthworms, frogs, slugs, and other insects that are food for snakes, and other reptiles.
  • Trim shrubs and trees – Particularly, prune the branches closest to the ground. It’s important to leave space between the branches and the ground to prevent the lower branches from becoming a perfect hiding spot for snakes, and other reptiles.
  • Don’t stack firewood too close to the house – Store firewood as far away from the house as possible. Stacked firewood is a perfect hiding spot for reptiles.
  • Don’t leave pet food, bird feeders, or other animal food outside the house – If you need to store it outside, keep it in tightly sealed metal containers. Pet food attracts mice and rats, which are prey for snakes.
  • Avoid using large rocks as garden decorations – Instead, use smaller stones where snakes cannot hide.
  • When designing your garden, consider that water features such as ponds, fountains, etc., attract snakes, and other reptiles.
  • Seal cracks and holes in the house’s facade to prevent snakes, and other reptiles from entering through them.
  • Use reptile repellents effective in deterring snakes, lizards, geckos, and other reptiles.

Types of Snake, Lizard, and Other Reptile Repellents


There are two main types of snake, lizard, and other reptile repellents:

  • Odor-based Snake and Reptile Repellents – These repellents produce a strong odor that reptiles find unpleasant, causing them to stay away from the area. They are effective in repelling snakes, as well as lizards, geckos, and more.
  • Vibration-based Snake and Reptile Repellents – These repellents are inserted into the ground and generate subtle vibrations in the soil. They usually cover areas ranging from 450 to 600 square meters. They are effective in deterring snakes, but not other reptiles such as lizards, geckos, or more.

Recommended Products to Repel Snakes, Lizards, and Other Reptiles

Here are the recommended products to deter snakes, lizards, and other reptiles:

Scent-based Snake, Lizard, and Other Reptile Repellent

  • Repels Snakes, Lizards, Geckos, and other Reptiles.
  • Does not affect other animals such as dogs, cats, chickens, cows, etc.
  • It is a granulated repellent that is sprinkled on the ground.
  • Comes in a 1,000 ml container, suitable for covering up to approximately 50 m2 of land.
  • Creates an odor barrier.
  • The natural essences in the product produce a particularly unpleasant odor for reptiles, causing them to stay away from areas treated with this repellent.
  • To us, the product smells like camphor.
  • Product available on the BirdGard Iberia online store

Vibration-based Snake Repeller

  • Designed to deter snakes.
  • It is inserted into the ground and emits impulses that snakes perceive as vibrations in the soil.
  • For snakes, these vibrations signal danger, causing them to leave the area.
  • The Solar Snake Repeller has a coverage of approximately 450 – 600 square meters.
  • This repeller uses rechargeable batteries powered by a built-in solar panel.
  • Product available on the BirdGard Iberia online store