Snake Away does not consistently repel copperhead snakes or cotton mouths or other types of "moccasin snakes" accroding to the product label. Here is a list of the snakes that Snake Away has been tested on and the effectivness of the product on each species of snake:
Effectiveness test were conducted by Dr. Harvey Lillywhite, Professor of Reptology, University of Florida. Dr. Lillywhite is internationally recognized as one of the worlds leading research reptologists. Over ten years of independent research and follow-up tests were also conducted by Dr. T's Nature Products. Inc. The effectiveness of the repellent is demonstrated by the following experiments performed with various species and the product has been found to have a rate of efficacy that varies from 17% to 100% depending on the individual species.
87.5% Aakistrodon contortirix Copperhead
75% Coluber constrictor Black Racer
91% Crotalus adamanteus Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake
91% Crotalus atrox Western diamondback rattlesnake
91% Crotalus horridus Timber rattlesnake
91% Crotalus lepidus Rock rattlesnake
91% Crotalus ruber Red diamondback rattlesnake
91% Crotalus viridis Pacific rattlesnake
17% Elaphe guttata Corn or red rat snake
21% Aakistrdon platyrhinos Cotton mouth
47% Elaphe obsoleta Yellow rat snake
100% Heterodon platyrhinos Eastern hognose snake
100% Micrurus fulvius Eastern coral snake
50% Phython molorus Burmese python
100% Thamnophis marcianus Checkered garter snake
The smell of Snake Away can be quite strong at first and is needed to do its job. The smell should start to fade after a few days outdoors. The only way to eliminate it quickly would be to physically remove the repellent. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
Snake Away is a repellent and will keep snakes away from the areas that it is applied around. If snakes are already present at the time of application it will drive them out of the area.
We recommend that you treat with Snake Away while wearing a mask so you will be limited to exposure.
Snake Away is most effective in Spring, Summer, and Fall when snakes are active. How well snake repellents work will depend on what type of snakes are in the area. This article from your Florida Cooperative Extension has great tips on how to create a yard and home environment that is not conducive to snakes.
Snake Away will not kill snakes. It will only repel them.
The odor from Snake A Way is not really harmful to people, but some do find it to be offensive. It does not release harmful fumes.
We have a great guide here for "How to Get Rid of Snakes" that might help. When using Snake Away you apply first to only 3 sides of the area you want to keep them out so that they have an exit. Then apply to the 4th side. When snakes are often found on a property it is usually indicative of a high rodent population. If you control the rodents on your property, you can limit the snakes as well as they will have to search elsewhere for food. Please review our rat control guide and our mouse control guide to learn how to control these rodents on your property
When using a repellent such as Snake Away, you want to think of the application as a barrier that snakes will not cross. You can use repellents to move snakes from one area to another, but if, for instance, you make a barrier around a property with snakes on the inside, then you are effectively keeping them inside that area.
The smell of Snake Away can be quite strong at first and is needed to do its job. The smell should start to fade after a few days outdoors. The only way to eliminate it quickly would be to physically remove the repellent
Snake A Way is designed to have a very offensive smell to help deter snakes from inhabiting places where they’re not wanted. The smell is not harmful to people, other than the fact that it is unpleasant. The smell also helps to alert you to the fact that you may need a repeat application, as when the smell starts to dissipates the effectiveness may have diminished.