Dr. T's Snake-A-Way Snake Repelling Granules

By Craig Basset, Expert Reviewer for Repellent Guide

published: Mar 15, 2017 | updated: Sep 05, 2023

There's nothing quite as jarring as finding a snake in your garden or home. Dr. T's Snake-A-Way Snake Repelling Granules offers a solution to this slithery problem. With its potent formula, it aims to deter both venomous and non-venomous snakes. I decided to dive in, test this product, and see if it lives up to its name.

Product Description:

Dr. T's Snake-A-Way is a granulated repellent containing 7% naphthalene and 28% sulfur. These granules are said to repel 91% of garter snakes and rattlesnakes, as per the manufacturer. The application is straightforward: create a barrier by spreading the granules across the desired area. The product does, however, require re-application every few weeks or after substantial rainfall.

Testing Procedure & Personal Experience:

Having spotted a few snakes in my garden over the past month, I was eager to try out Dr. T's Snake-A-Way. After donning gloves (a precautionary step I'd recommend to everyone), I methodically spread the granules around my garden. The immediate aftermath was a pungent aroma, strikingly similar to mothballs but more intense.

For the initial two weeks, my garden appeared to be a snake-free zone. I felt at ease, taking leisurely strolls without the constant fear of a surprise snake encounter. This peace was short-lived. Following a week of unpredictable rain, the once overpowering scent of the granules began to fade. To my dismay, I spotted a sizable snake sunning itself on my pathway, seemingly undeterred by the Snake-A-Way perimeter.

Feedback Compilation from the Repellent Guide Team:

  1. Positives:

    • Most team members experienced a significant drop in snake sightings when the product was freshly applied.
    • One member who recently moved to a snake-prone area found relief after using the product, sighting only one snake the week after application.
    • Another team member who had consistent issues with snakes in their garage found the product especially effective. After application, snakes were noticeably absent, though the strong scent did waft indoors.
    • Several team members appreciated the ease of application, especially compared to alternatives like sulfur.
  2. Negatives:

    • Multiple team members raised concerns about the strong odor, with one member jokingly wondering if it would repel door-to-door salesmen.
    • The efficacy post-rain was a common complaint. One team member from the south, an area known for rattlesnakes and copperheads, noted the need for re-application every 2-3 weeks for consistent results.


Dr. T's Snake-A-Way Snake Repelling Granules demonstrates effectiveness in repelling snakes, but it isn't a permanent solution. Its efficacy, particularly in rainy conditions, is questionable. While the strong odor might be a deterrent for some, it's a small price to pay for the temporary peace of mind it offers.

If you're battling persistent snake issues, consider using these granules in tandem with other repellent methods for a more robust defense. And always remember to exercise caution, particularly if you have pets around.

Ease of use: 7
Value for money: 8
Performance: 8
Score: 7.7
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