Solar-powered snake repellers: any difference between $10 and $40 products?

Is this a big rip off? E bay sell cheap as. Yet shops are wanting 20 to 40 dollars.
Me smells a rat here.

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I think the whole snake repeller thing is a con. Many claim to work by producing sounds or ultra sound and snakes don’t have ears. None of them can be proved to work. The principle is the same as me telling you that if you pay me to paint your roof with a special paint it will stop eagles roosting on it. Then when no eagles roost there ‘see! it works.’ I do have for sale though at a very special price my patented lion repelling garden gnomes. Guaranteed to keep lions out of your garden and …

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Hi @burnskw21, the snake repellers you are suggesting do not work. You will receive the same level of protection from not buying them in the first place.

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Yep - $30.

These things were debunked decades ago.

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My daughter has seen a photo from a friend of hers, who lives in a rural area of Sydney, showing a snake curled around the base of one of these snake “repellers”.

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We bought some at Aldi when they were on special, and so far no snakes - have had them about a year now. Our neighbour also bought some at the same time, and as he has chooks and goats still gets the occasional snake. We do have to check that they are still working regularly as, with most solar products in ground, ants often build nests inside. Cheers.

They are a con. They don’t work. How many snakes did you have before you got them? See comments above.

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I’ve got some elephant repelling tablets on special this week, I’ve been taking them myself for a few years now, and not one elephant has been near me. 100% effective!

Normally $50 per pack, order yours now for just $25 this week only! :smirk:

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We frequently had snakes before we bought the repeller - some of them even tried to come in through the kitchen window. We had red bellied black snakes, taipans and brown snakes regularly. Some may say coincidence but we haven’t seen a snake for over 18 months now. We also used to get pythons sleeping in the ceiling, and that has stopped too.

We had 3 snakes here in 2 months a while ago but have also not had one here for 18 months now. It must be the new fridge we got then that’s keeping them away.

Being in an area where there is quite a lot of tiger snake sightings , I asked a friend who is familiar with reptiles through work at the Melbourne Zoo about the effectiveness of the solar snake repelers . She advised me that the vibration that they emit through the ground may actually attract Tiger Snakes as they are very inquisitive rather than repel them .

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We’ve had periods of seeing plenty of RBBlack snakes, and Eastern Browns (including one that I stepped on!), and I think there is a Tiger snake living somewhere in the chook shed (lots of stuff stacked against the back wall, and it is never still around when I go and grab my camera, but it killed a duck last summer. Other times we can go for more than a year without seeing any near the house, so the snake sighting rate is extremely variable, although I’m sure it is related to the food supply in the bush vs around the house. Snakes sometimes swim in our outside baths next to the house (with gold fish and water lillies etc in them). In any case, if they eat mice and rats, I think they are doing a good job !

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My friends who are snake handlers say these are a rip off. What does work quite effectively is a strong jet of water from the hose. Snakes don’t like to be hosed and will depart your premises. They are secretive creatures, and people might be surprised to know how many live near them.

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If this topic elicited such a strong negative response from forum users I suppose some-one better not ask about ‘shoo-roo’s’

Homer: “Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.”

Lisa: “That’s specious reasoning, Dad.”

H: “Thank you, honey.”

L: “By your reasoning, I could claim that this rock [bends down and picks up rock] keeps tigers away.”

H: “Oh - how does it work?”

L: “It doesn’t work. It’s just a stupid rock. But I don’t see any tigers around here. Do you?”

H: “Lisa, I want to buy your rock!”

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I bought several online from Sureguard and also some of the ones you power with AA Batteries and have to remember to refill. I was horrified by the thought of snakes. They are supposed to work through vibrations in the ground so they don’t assume snakes have ears. One problem is that twice the solar version I had placed in a spot about 6m from the back of a neighbour’s house has been smashed deliberately. I haven’t caught the culprit but I am 99% sure it is the neighbour driven to distraction by the click click click sound the solar battery makes as it is charging during daylight

The battery in the “repeller” doesn’t make sounds unless there is something very wrong, I suspect the noise is what is supposed to scare snakes away.

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No it is not the vibration thing. The version that uses AA batteries to keep the vibrations going does not make a noise. The version that has a solar thing does make a clicking sound when it is charging in the sunshine.

If it only makes the sounds when the sun is shining on it, then perhaps it is some sort of cheap charging regulator

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Most likely. It definitely only makes the sound while it’s in the sun. I place more faith on having my grass mowed & ground covers slashed fortnightly.

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