Top 10 Smells That May Help Repel Snakes’ Prey

West Indian Lemongrass:Any variety of lemongrass will work, but West Indian lemongrass has been proven most effective as a deterrent to animals that snakes prey upon.

Vinegar:When you think of strong, offensive smells, vinegar is probably high on your list. For many animals, the acidic content in vinegar is key to being so bothersome. 

Skunk Cabbage:By now, you must have figured out that snakes aren’t deterred by strong-smelling plants, but their prey might be deterred. The skunk cabbage is true to its’ name and does smell like a skunk. 

Peppermint:A safe and effective deterrent for snakes and prey animals is peppermint and other plants in the mint family.

Mugwort:Mugwort, also known as wormwood or Chrysanthemum weed can help repel prey animals like mice. It’s a perennial that can survive in most climate conditions, thriving in USDA zones 3 to 9. 

Marigold:The strong odor that the plants give off may repel rodents, mosquitoes, tomato worms, snakes, and even rabbits. 

Jimson Weed:Jimson weed works two-fold. The bitter smell is repulsive to prey animals like rodents, but the plant also has sharp leaves that can cut their skin. 

Garlic and Onion:Two popular kitchen foods, garlic, and onion, are also excellent prey deterrents because of their overpowering smells.

Clove Basil:Effective in both its plant and essential oil forms, clove basil can help deter prey animals like mice.

Cinnamon:If you enjoy cooking, or just eating delicious baked goods, you know that the smell of cinnamon overtakes a dish instantly.

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