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Review of Sweeney's Snake Repellent

10:53 PM

I wasn't planning on writing about anything lawn and garden-related until the end of the month. (That was what my editorial schedule dictated.) Then I saw 5 snakes out back by where my kids played, and I thought maybe it was a good time to test out the Sweeney's Snake Repellent early.

I'm glad that I did.

This product exceeded my expectations (and my husband's.. which is hard to do.) It's a bag of little tiny pellets that you shake on the ground where you want snakes to avoid. It's a natural product (made from clove oil and some other non-toxic ingredients), and it smells very sweet -- almost sickeningly so. Snakes don't like it, and when you apply it to the yard, near swing sets, or where you want to grill out this weekend, they stay away! And it works!

The bag is easy to open, and you don't need to touch it with your hands or use any dispensing tools. (There are little holes in the top, and you "shake" it right out of the bag -- like a salt shaker. We applied it to the areas we wanted the snakes to stay away from (which, if it were up to me, would be the whole yard and then some!) Right after I applied it to my yard, I saw a few snakes come up to the area, but not stick around. We haven't seen a snake in those areas again..

The product is made by Sweeney's and is supposed to last up to 30 days. We've had it applied for a little over a week, and so far, I'm very impressed! You can see all the products Sweeney's offers at it's website: www.wrsweeney.com

Wanna Win? We have three of the 4-lb Shaker bags to give away (valued at $14.99 each) for our readers! To be entered to win, just tell us what kind of snakes you deal with at your house, or a funny story about snakes. You have until April 22nd at 11:59 am CST to get your entries in, and you can enter every day! (Just comment as directed for your first entry, and for each entry after that, type "Today's Entry!")


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*Sweeney's sent me a sample to review.


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23 comments

  1. I once took a snake out of the DRYER..apparently entered through the vent. Thrice in the suspended ceiling of the office and once under the sofa. But I think they annoy me most on my back porch!

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  2. When I was a little girl, I lived out in the country. Most times I was always barefoot, so one day I was playing as unusual and I thought I stepped on a hose. I looked down to see I had stepped on a adult water moccasin. Thankfully it was as scared as I was and slithered away.
    debp
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  3. Around here, it's garter snakes. I have a friend who would LOVE me if I won and gave this to her. Her house's entire foundation is one huge snake haven. One day, she was in her basement and saw a weird "cord" hanging from the floor joists above. Went to grab it and realized it was alive. She aged 10 years that day!

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  4. regular snakes we live in maine mverno@roadrunner.com

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  5. I've got mainly Californa King and Gopher snakes, but a ton of other lesser known... Our area also has major rattlesnakes, I'm crossing my fingers that they aren't in my immediate area because of all of the Ca King and Gopher snakes! I was walking with a friend in a local botanic garden near a rocky area and came across a HUGE rattler laying all streched across the path in the sun. He was as big around as my wrist and well over 6' long! I gasped (I was in front) and she ran into me! We then both VERY QUICKLY reversed all the way down the hill and went to the front gate to report him. He was gone by the time we got back with the keeper... we now keep even closer eye on where we are walking!

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  6. I saw a baby snake by my garage. Even though it was practically harmless, it still creeped me out! :(

    HilLesha@gmail.com

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  7. We live in hill country so we have several kinds of snakes in the yard. I only know one kind: the kind I run away from. Hubby claims they're copperheads. asthenight at gmail dot com

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  8. Unfortunately since we live in the desert outside of Tucson, AZ we deal with rattle snakes and the like. We would love to try this to see if it works.

    constancelavery at msn dot com

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  9. We have garter snakes and nothing sends me running and screaming as fast! I know they are harmless, but still...

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  10. I've only seen garter snakes but that's enough for me.

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  11. You saw FIVE??!?!?! Oh my!

    We haven't dealt with any snakes yet at this house, but we have lived here less than a year so I don't know what to expect. At our old house we had garden snakes and some unidentified yellow snakes that freaked me out.

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  12. We had a baby copperhead in our backyard last year and I was so terrified that I climbed up our playset and wouldn't come down until it was killed and the body was removed from our yard. Snakes terrify me!!

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  13. I would love this for my parents house since my kids play there, they live out in the county and get quite a few rattlers and bull snakes. I would love to see if this works out there!
    shawnac68@hotmail.com

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  14. We have bull snakes, which are harmless & keep the mice away, but we do have rattlesnakes too which you don't wanna have around.

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  15. My fiance wants me to retire to a rural setting in the South. I am a city girl. I once visited him for 2 weeks at this house. I was standing at the door, looking out over the woods, brushing my teeth. Suddenly I saw something move out of the corner of my eye. It was to me a giantic snake-- to otehrs maybe not so big. After that I stayed in the house most of the remainder of the visit. When I had to leave I would run and jump in the car. Now I am suppose to retire to this place ! If I could win this product, try it, and not see a snake on my next visit it might save our relationship.

    Cheryl

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  16. We live an hour away from any hospital in Wyoming. With 2 young children(3 and 10)my husband and I and my parents it is essental to keep the rattle snakes as far away from the houses as possible. We deal with rattle snakes and bull snakes all summer and have had them on the door steps of our houses. This would be great to have!
    jcristig@hotmail.com

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  17. We live an hour away from any hospital in Wyoming. With 2 young children(3 and 10)my husband and I and my parents it is essental to keep the rattle snakes as far away from the houses as possible. We deal with rattle snakes and bull snakes all summer and have had them on the door steps of our houses. This would be great to have!
    jcristig@hotmail.com

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  18. I've only ever come across garter and gopher snakes, but my in laws' house, where my kids spend a lot of time, has lots of rattlesnakes! My mom in law killed one that had seventeen rattles!
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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  19. One day, I went out to get the mail. I returned to see a baby diamond back trying to get in my front door! I am really glad I latched that puppy! Anyway, I screamed, of course and ran to the front of the house (barefoot). Trying to get into the garage was a green tree snake! He was scared of me (the other was NOT), so he started slithering fast up against the garage, so I screamed some more and started running down the street! I guess I'm a dork and that's not the way to get them to go away, but they eventually left. Sheesh!

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  20. we have mainly oak snakes but occasionally we get a rattle snake or a water moccasin

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  21. Fortunately I don't have to deal with snakes in my home.

    lilyk@mail2world.com

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