I have been referred to use sulphur 90% to control the insect called the flower pot snake or the blind snake. Please advise whether this product you sell will be the one I should use.
FLOWER POT SNAKES
First, the flower pot snake is actually a reptile and not an insect. Commonly known as a “blind snake”, they’re characterized by having a blunt head, short tale and smooth scales on their body. Most importantly, they’re definitely a member of the snake family!
Flower pot snakes are native to many tropical climates but in recent years have been found in countries where they cannot live in the wild. This is because they’re unknowingly be transported in flower pots, fertilizer, and other horticulture related equipment and products. And after thousands of miles of traveling, flower pot snakes are now being found as far north as Canada!
Now if the plant they hitch a ride with ends up inside a warm environment (like in a heated home), blind snakes can survive and many times remain hidden and out of sight. This is because they forage for food mostly at night and will eat anything from termites to ants to roaches.
FLOWER POT SNAKE REPELLENT
As for repellents; SULPHUR is a product we carry and over the years, we have sold many bags of it for repelling snakes. But is it the best product to chase snakes away? No way. You see, sulphur is really just a soil amendment and as such, has little animal or insect repellency action. It used to be the only thing people had and because it was used for so many years as a “cure all” to chase away unwanted vermin, the claims that it will repel snakes and other reptiles still persist. Unfortunately there is no scientific data to suggest it does anything so I would say to pass up the Sulphur for something we now carry that will definitely work.
And since we have two products that work well, you can take your pick as to which one to employ.
The first is SNAKE OUT. This granule can be applied to the flower pot, the ground, etc. where unwanted snakes are living or hiding. It uses all natural ingredients and though snakes find the product highly annoying, it won’t hurt them, people or pets. Treatments will last 3-4 weeks and the 4 lb jar can cover up to 200 sq/ft. Use this if you want to repel the snakes from nesting around the home, in flower pots, etc. Applications to the ground won’t affect plants or flowers and treatments will last 30+ days.
SNAKE SPRAY REPELLENT (works on other animals and insects too)
We also have a liquid spray that can be applied to the flower pot or the ground where snakes are hiding. Known as PEST RID SPRAY, this product is another federally exempt spray that won’t kill or harm any animal or person. It too is highly repellent to snakes so they’ll avoid treated areas. You should use this in conjunction with PEST RID GRANULES by first applying the granules and then spraying over the top with the Pest Rid spray to get maximum protection.
So if you’d like to use a spray, don’t get the Snake Out but instead, go with both forms of the Pest Rid. Treatments will last 3-4 weeks and can be used through the warm season to keep a much wider range of unwanted insects and animals away from the home. The 2 lb jar of Pest Rid Granules will cover up to 500 sq/ft and should be applied monthly.
After applying the granules to the ground, flower beds, flower pots and other suspected areas with activity, spray over the top with the liquid form. A quart will cover up to 125 sq/ft and like the granules, should remain active for up to 30 days.
For more information on other snakes and snake control methods, refer to our complete SNAKE CONTROL article.
Snake Control: http://www.bugspray.com/article/snake.html