Ortho Snake B Gon1 - Snake Repellent Granules Review

No-Stink Formula

By Craig Basset, Expert Reviewer for Repellent Guide

published: Sep 05, 2023 | updated: Sep 05, 2023

When it comes to unwanted snake visitors, most of us would prefer they keep their distance. Ortho® Snake B Gon®1 promises to be the perfect solution to deter these serpentine invaders. But does it live up to its claims? I decided to see for myself.

Product Description:

Ortho® Snake B Gon®1 offers a no-stink repellent aimed at preventing snake entry, nesting, and foraging. With an easy-to-use shaker bottle, application is a breeze. The granules are designed to be sprinkled in snake-prone areas, such as houses, garages, sheds, and woodpiles. For optimal effectiveness, the company recommends reapplication every 30 days or more frequently if heavy rainfall occurs or snake activity increases. Notably, the product is safe for use around people, pets, and non-edible plants when used as directed. A 2 lb. bottle covers up to 1,440 sq. ft.

Testing Procedure & Personal Experience:

Given the regular sightings of garter snakes in my garden, I thought it was an ideal testing ground for Ortho® Snake B Gon®1. Armed with gloves (always a precautionary measure I take with granular repellents), I liberally sprinkled the granules in snake hotspots, especially around my garden shed and woodpile.

The immediate result was a mild, somewhat spicy scent, not too overpowering, but clearly detectable. The shaker bottle proved to be incredibly user-friendly, allowing for even distribution without any mess.

Over the course of a month, snake sightings drastically decreased. While I would usually stumble upon a snake or two during my weekly gardening, there were now weeks where I didn't spot a single one. However, after a particularly rainy week, I did notice a garter snake near the woodpile, hinting at the need for a reapplication.

Feedback Compilation from the Repellent Guide Team:

  1. Positives:

    • The majority of team members found a noticeable decrease in snake sightings post-application.
    • Many applauded the shaker bottle design, emphasizing its ease of use and mess-free application.
    • Unlike other snake repellents, the scent of Ortho® Snake B Gon®1 was milder and not as intrusive.
    • Several members highlighted its safety around pets, a major plus for households with furry friends.
  2. Negatives:

    • Some team members had contrasting experiences with the scent. While milder than other products, it was still detectable and could be a potential deterrent for some users.
    • Like my experience, some team members found the product's effectiveness to wane post-rainfall, requiring more frequent applications than the suggested 30 days.
    • A few members made comparisons with other products like Snake Away, noting the latter's stronger mothball-like smell. While some preferred the milder scent of Ortho® Snake B Gon®1, others missed the aromatic lavender scent from other Ortho products.


Ortho® Snake B Gon®1 Snake Repellent Granules seem to hit the mark in deterring snakes, offering a user-friendly application method and a relatively pleasant scent. However, its longevity, especially in regions with frequent rainfall, may require users to reapply more frequently than desired.

If snakes are a concern, Ortho® Snake B Gon®1 offers a viable solution. However, users should be vigilant about reapplication, especially after heavy rainfall, to ensure consistent protection. Always use the product as directed, especially around pets.

Ease of use: 8
Value for money: 9
Performance: 9
Score: 8.7
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