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Snake Repellers/Repellents - Do They Work?

Snake Repellers/Repellents – do they work?

Australia is a land of reptiles which include snakes, goannas, lizards, turtles and crocodiles and many people find some or all of them quite scary.  For snakes in particular, this is a normal human reaction and one not to be ashamed of.

People who are uncomfortable with, scared or terrified of snakes often look to ways of keeping snakes away from their properties and in recent years, there has been a significant increase in sales of both electronic (solar powered generally) snake repellers or chemical repellents but do they work?

Obviously those who sell them swear by them and have many testimonials on their various sites, praising the efficiency of their product in keeping snakes away.  However, a little research on the internet provides many counter-arguments, both in Australia and overseas, which support the theory that these products do not keep snakes away.

Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a verifiable scientific study on the efficacy of these products or otherwise, so it really is a matter of doing your own research and seeing which argument convinces you one way of the other.

While I have limited personal experience of snakes ignoring repellers/repellents, I have seen one house with significant snake presence, where there were several solar powered snake repellers in the garden.   This would suggest that some at least don’t work.

My advice is that you should go with your own instincts if you have a great fear or phobia of snakes, as your own peace of mind is probably worth the cost of whatever product you choose, if that is the way you decide to go.  However, if you subsequently do get a snake in the vicinity of the repeller/repellent, send the product back to the supplier/manufacturer and try to get your money back and let me know, so that I can increase my own knowledge of these products.



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