Do Mothballs Work as a Snake Repellent?

September 23, 2010

Orange bowl filled with mothballsDo mothballs keep snakes away? What home remedy can I use?

By Trish from Eustis, FL



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September 24, 20100 found this helpful
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Mothballs fumes are highly toxic and they are poisonous and are especially dangerous to have around children or pets! I don't know of any homemade remedy, but if you called a pest control company I am fairly certain they would tell you what to buy and where you can buy it. Seems to me that large garden centers would carry snake repellent.

September 25, 20101 found this helpful
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I live in FL also and I am very terrified of snakes. I have to say that mothballs do not work. I know it's expensive, but a product called Snake-Away does work. I tried to save money by using mothballs only to go outside and see this huge black snake slithering over the mothballs.


Snake-Away smells like mothballs, but probably has other things in it that helps repel them.

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August 14, 2010

Corn snake.Do mothballs act as a good snake repellent?

By sharon from Cleveland, TN


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.

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