Do Mothballs Work as a Snake Repellent?

Do mothballs act as a good snake repellent?

By sharon from Cleveland, TN


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January 3, 20112 found this helpful
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Moth balls do in fact work. Same stuff in Snake Away. But what's remarkable is that it works on moles too! Guaranteed! Just pop through their runs a few places and poke in a ball or two and they are gone in a matter of days. Sometimes immediately.

May 13, 20131 found this helpful
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No. Ask any snake expert. You folks who have had success, it is because of indirect effect. Mothballs repel field mice (and other critters snakes find delicious).


Take away food source, snakes go away. So do they repel snakes, no. Do they work in getting rid of snakes, yes.

August 15, 20100 found this helpful

I don't understand why people think mothballs are a good critter repellent. Mothballs give off an odor and should a critter find that odor unpleasant they either roll the moth balls out of the way or find another route around the mothballs.

August 17, 20100 found this helpful

There is a product called Snake Away which the active is Napthalene, which is an ingredient of some moth balls, not sure how a snake would be able to roll away a moth ball.

October 16, 20130 found this helpful

After recently moving into a house out in a more "rural" area, I started seeing a few snakes around the outside of my home. A friend of mine recommended mothballs, and I actually went out and bought a few boxes, but when I looked online, most people were saying that there were ineffective and at best, they repelled the rodents that snakes tend to munch on.


After reading that, I didn't even bother with them. Fast forward to this past weekend when I encountered yet another snake out on my patio (a small ring neck snake) which motivated me to go ahead and try the mothballs. I crushed them into a powder with a hammer and sprinkled the powder around the patio and house foundation...long story short(er), the next day, I found a DEAD ring neck snake out on my patio, and the following day, there was yet another dead snake of a different breed. Neither had any signs of trauma, as might occur if it were attacked by an animal, and both were on the patio near where I sprinkled the moth ball powder.

Say what you wish, but from my experience, moth balls definitely work!

May 26, 20170 found this helpful

The reason they try to keep us/ you from using moth balls is most have a natural remedy and would like to see the snake unharmed but I use mothballs. If for nothing else to remedy the food source. I have animals but not in the treated area.

June 7, 20170 found this helpful

I think there's snakes lovers out here sending mixed info moth balls work

May 14, 20160 found this helpful



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August 22, 20170 found this helpful

They do not repel snakes. However, they do repel field mice and other food sources of snakes. Once you get rid of the food source, you will get rid of the snakes.

October 10, 20170 found this helpful

According to a Nationwide Directory of Snake Control Professionals, Mothballs are neither a safe or efficient way to repel snakes. In fact they can be very harmful for humans, pets, and the land. If you would like to know more about snake and other wildlife control I will post a link to a their website below.


April 23, 20180 found this helpful

I live in the High Desert in Southern California, and have been told that for protecting large areas, laying down large gravel can discourage snakes from crossing the gravel. The sharper the gravel the better. Has anyone ever tried this?


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