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Can Lime Repel Snakes?

A snake slithering through the leaves.

If you’re on the hunt for a DIY, eco-friendly method that will keep the snakes away, you’re not alone. Many homeowners are on the lookout for natural remedies that deter snakes. One popular myth that has circulated for years is that lime can repel snakes. 

Before you start sprinkling lime juice or zest all over your property, let’s debunk this myth once and for all. You’re wasting your time because snakes don’t dislike lime.

The notion that lime can deter snakes might have gained traction due to the effectiveness of citrus in deterring other garden pests. However, when it comes to these legless reptiles, lime is simply not the superhero solution it’s cracked up to be.

While lime does have some properties that make it a useful soil amendment for gardening, it won’t do much to repel snakes. It can work to alter the pH levels of the soil. It will reduce the presence of certain plant enemies like ants. But it will do nothing against a raging snake season.

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Snake experts and pest control professionals agree that lime has no significant qualities that would make snakes want to steer clear. Snakes rely on their senses, such as smell and heat detection, so while they may find it slightly annoying…it won’t be enough to turn them away. 

So, if lime isn’t the answer to your snake woes, what can you do to keep these slithering visitors away? Thankfully, there are a few more effective methods to get rid of snakes on your property.

Start by reducing the amount of clutter in your yard. Snakes love hiding spots, so keep your yard tidy and free of debris where they might seek shelter. The less habitable you make your space, the less inclined snakes will be to make a home.

Make sure to trim any overgrowth in your yard. Keeping your lawn cut and bushes well-maintained will make your yard less inviting to snakes.

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Ensure you seal all entry points to your home. Thoroughly inspect your home for any gaps or holes that snakes could use to sneak inside, and seal them up. You can even go so far as to install snake fencing around vulnerable areas to prevent snakes from entering.

You also want to limit food sources. Avoid attracting rodents, as they are a common food source for snakes. Secure garbage cans and bird feeders, and keep pet food indoors.

Any time you’re dealing with snakes, it’s important to educate yourself. Familiarize yourself with the types of snakes common in your area and their habits. This will help you understand how to coexist with them safely. It will also help you avoid getting too close to potentially deadly reptiles.

As it turns out, lime might not be the magic solution to snake problems. However, taking preventative measures and staying informed about snake behavior will go a long way in creating a welcoming outdoor space for both you and your family.

Abbey Ryan Abbey Ryan
Abbey Ryan is a storyteller, preferably of stories in written form. Across the 5 years of her professional writing career, her work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Amazon, The Medical News Today, and more. When she's not writing (which is rare), she's likely traveling, painting, or on the hunt for a good snack. Read Full Bio »
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