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    Exclamation Snake Deterrent Clove Spray - from Snake Catcher

    I swiped this off another website but I think it is really helpful info.

    Note - you could probably substitute boiling a packet of cloves all stinky and black by putting a quarter teaspoon of oil of cloves per litre of water into your spray pack - note - this will also kill mould and mildew - ie good for wet areas too.

    Snakes hate the smell of cloves and a packet of cloves from the supermaket is the base for the spray.

    Cloves work, they cover the smell of the rodent and the snake hates it.

    How you make the spray depends on you.

    Some people add oils like eucalyptus and teatree and lavender. And some will add soapy water to help it stick, but the main thing is the cloves.

    Shoo snake is just a rip off and you can make much better in your own home.
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    Recipe for snake deterent clove spray

    Bring 2 litres of water to boil with a bag or 2 of cloves in it and let it boil for as long as possible,

    do it outside, because it stinks.

    Top up the water as it evaporates.

    Your water should be almost black, add the oils if you want and the soapy water.

    This will need to be resprayed every week
    or more often if its raining and depending on whether you are spraying in areas exposed to the elements
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    I am going to bath in clove oil every time I go for a walk this Summer LOL

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    I just wear gumboots and stomp.

    Or hiking boots and knee high leather gaiters called Chappettes from equestrian supplies.

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    After reading this, I tested it. Threw some cloves in with my snakes and they happily laid on it. I also took them out and put them on the grass and put the cloves in their path. They smelt it and moved right over them without hesitation.

    There's really only one way to deter snakes from your property, and that's to make it a poor place for them to live. Keep the area well mowed, clear of large rocks and sheets of metal, etc. Keep water troughs or water bowls away from the house. Controlling any rodent problem is the best way to start controlling any snake problem.
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    Hi SSW

    I can vouch for the fact that oil of - or boiled for hours until the mix is black is completely different than scattering a few cloves around which - as you say - is quite pleasant and doesn't repel anything.

    The oil of cloves stuff - is much more powerful and smells significantly different (horrible).

    Let us know when you've tried a dilution of that stuff. Some chemists carry it. Very handy for killing mildew if you don't want to use it to deter snakes.

    Its a similar deal with lavendar and oil of lavendar - one is something dogs like and the other - not so much.

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    Sure will. Just had to point out that the smell of cloves does nothing. I find it hard to believe a smell of any sort will deter them. Even strong cleaning chemicals or cleaning chemicals with a strong smell (ie, Pine-oClean or something similar) will be walked over no problem, even though that same smell will agitate them greatly when they're locked in an enclosure with it (possible to then see that it does affect them but won't deter them).

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    Snake catcher did write that spraying the snake in the face with the mix will irritate them a lot, and they wont return.

    Would be really interested to see how an actual test run from an independant source goes.

    PS bleach doesn't bother my dog, neither does chili - but she's not so keen on vicks vapour rub (menthol)

    PPS maybe they can "hold their breath" to cross unpleasant chemical tracks.

    PPPS - wonder how they go with ant smell eg formic acid
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    I think it's very very poor advice to go up to the snake to spray it in the face (even a few meters away is wrong). Best advice is stay away and let it be, or call a decent snake relocator if it's made a home there or is inside the house.

    PPS maybe they can "hold their breath" to cross unpleasant chemical tracks.
    Possibly. But then how does a deterrent work if they can just hold their breath and cross it? Haha

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    Bugger.

    Was so hoping it was going to be something I could use.

    Would the fact that your snakes SSW being used to captivity and all the smell associated with that have any bearing??

    Or do I have a bad case of wishful thinking?

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    We haven't tried the original recipe yet.

    We have determined that uncooked cloves don't make any difference.

    And snake catcher didn't recommend spraying the snake in the face - but he thought it was a better option than hitting it with a long handled shovel. which is what most of the posters in that thread wanted to do to snakes in their yard.

    Not sure what I'd do if one showed up in my back yard. I think I'd try to get it in a sulo bin and call the local snake catcher but I suspect the snake wouldn't co-operate and I'd have to call the snake catcher and hope he found it. And my back yard is currently good habitat for mice and blue tongues and geckos etc. There could be a snake out there already but it would be very well fed.

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