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Re: Snake Repel(Hughh??)

Unread post by Jumbo » Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:35 am

I personally witnessed a Black Mamba, repeatedly, turn around at the invisible line of Snake Repel my SO sprayed around our stoep the previous day.
We have been using this product for a few years now…spraying around our bush house once a month….before, we often had snakes like M’fezi ,and even once a big Boomslang on our stoep ….after starting to use SR…not even once.
Some believe in this product…some don’t….it is working for us…. :wink:

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Re: Snake Repel(Hughh??)

Unread post by Bushbaby30 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:52 pm

Friends of ours bought a similar product at a store in Nelspruit and according to the shop owner they sell litres of the stuff. He bought some to spray when the snakes starts getting active again and for when they go camping in December. If it works I'll definitely get some too...
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Re: Snake repellant

Unread post by Bundi » Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:59 am

Apparently the repellant does not work.

Herewith an article from the Witness:

Anti-snake spray fails tests
08 Feb 2008
Sharlene Packtree

Snake experts have warned that Snake Repel, a locally manufactured snake repellent, does not keep snakes from entering your home and yard.

This warning comes as "snake season" reaches it peak in KwaZulu-Natal. Snake removal companies have been inundated with calls about snakes entering houses.

According to its creator, Rowan Mattig, a simple squirt of Snake Repel, a non-toxic snake repellent, can keep snakes away from your house and yard.

He said the repellent works by attacking certain nerves in the snake’s respiratory system, which causes them to move away from the area.

Snake Repel is non-toxic and has no lasting effect on the snake, he claims.

However, snake experts told Weekend Witness several tests proved that Snake Repel does nothing to repel snakes.

Rob Fineman from the Fitzsimons Snake Park did a demonstration for Weekend Witness to determine whether the product has an effect on snakes.

Fineman used six brown house snakes, the most common snakes in South Africa, two pipes and two sponges for the simple demonstration.

He soaked one sponge with water and the other with Snake Repel and blocked one end of each pipe with the sponges.

Pipes were used because snakes love crawling into cracks and crevices to hide.

Fineman set up the first pipe with the Snake Repel sponge and released a snake nearby.

Within seconds, the snake crawled into the pipe. Two more snakes were released and crawled straight into the pipe.

The pipe was then replaced with the second pipe, with the water-soaked sponge. Three snakes were used in this test. All crawled into the pipe.

This showed that Snake Repel did nothing to change the snakes’ behaviour.

In a second test, Fineman sprayed a circle of Snake Repel on a table and placed two highly venomous common Rombic night adders inside. After a minute, both crawled over the circle, totally unfazed by the repellent.

"The results say it all. The product has no effect on the snakes. There is no product on the market that effectively repels snakes," he said.

However Mattig said "extreme testing" has been conducted on the product, which is approved by the department of Agriculture.

Mattig, a former policeman, spent five years working on the silicone-based product, which he said has been approved for use in game parks around KwaZulu-Natal.

"We have done extreme field tests where we used the product on areas that had huge snake problems. The product helped to chase away the snakes," he said.

In Pietermaritzburg, the product is used by the Mounted Unit to keep snakes away from their dog kennels and stables.

Mattig provided Weekend Witness with the results of field tests that were conducted in 2004 at several areas around Durban.

Calls to homes where Snake Repel was used, revealed that snakes returned to the house. One owner had to sell his house due to the snake problem.

Snake expert Simon Keys, who has worked with snakes for the past 17 years, tried Snake Repel on the 15 snakes he keeps in his home to determine if the product works.

"My snakes didn’t even recognise the smell. They were fine. Snake Repel did nothing to repel them," he said.

"We tested the product there and the results were funny. One of the snakes actually crawled into the empty bottle," he added.

Keys said he even tried Snake Repel on exotic snakes like the Californian puff adder and came up with the same result. The product did not repel the snake.

"The product just puts people’s mind at ease, but does not work. It has no effect on snakes," he said.

Jan van Blerk, owner of Snake Pit, a snake removal company, said he also tried the product on several snakes and got the same results as Fineman and Keys. The snakes were not repelled.

"I used the product and have not seen any difference. Most snakes just crawl over the sprayed area. I’m going to stop using the product as it has no effect on snakes," he said.

Darren Marais of Efekto, the company that distributes the product, said sales got off to a slow start but demand has grown in the past six months.

"Customers are extremely satisfied with the product and we haven’t received any complaints to date," he said.

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Re: Snake repellant

Unread post by MacAdder » Mon Dec 26, 2011 4:18 pm

No such thing as Snake repellant.
This idea is a myth but there those who capitalize on people’s fears and ignorance for fanatical gain. :naughty:
Organisms are created for a certain habituate change is bad.

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Re: Snake repellant

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Dec 26, 2011 4:53 pm

The best snake repellant is probably the smell of humans.

For many years I had a phobia about snakes. Then I realised that they had an instinctive fear of me Since then I have been ok.

I was told to plant tomatoes :hmz:

Be careful, be aware, wear shoes..

I do think, if snakes were so horrible, why are there so few bites?
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Re: Snake repellant

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:32 pm

I am wondering why this product is still being sold if it does not work - they sell it at my local hardware store and I sometimes see that people buy it especially during the summer months. I guess it is perhaps just to put a person’s mind at ease. The repellant apparently just do not scare the snakes - a person mentioned on the previous page that when they tested it a snake even crawled into the empty bottle :? .
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Re: Snake repellant

Unread post by Wildtom » Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:51 pm

Extensive field testing has been conducted where snakes have been placed into a small confined area
or room, and a circle of Snake Repel has been applied around the snake, which has seemingly resulted
in a poor response, and the snake has quickly crawled directly over the product and has attempted to
seek a hiding place.
The reason for this response and reaction is that the snake is engulfed with the signals that it is
receiving from the Jacobson's Organ. Snake Repel is extremely airborne and once applied to any
surface, it immediately begins releasing the active ingredients from its silicone base into the air. The
snake will in turn, begin experiencing a degree of respiratory distress and will move anywhere to
escape this condition.

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Re: Snake repellant

Unread post by Wildtom » Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:58 pm

Snake Repel is a repellent that is ONLY effective, when applied to repel snakes in their NATURAL
movement!
Any coerced application will NOT be effective.

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Re: Snake repellant

Unread post by MacAdder » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:36 pm

Snake repellent puts the sellers mind at ease even though nothing actually works.
If you put any animal in a closed environment with a toxic smell it would attempt to move away from it. In the natural world the animal would just move past or over it.
I still can’t believe how people can be so gullible. Hey I’ve got soap that removes cellulite in time and extensive use. Dhaaa :dance:
Organisms are created for a certain habituate change is bad.

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Re: Snake repellant

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:27 am

Some say that these commercially sold snake repellents do work others say dhaaa :roll: But people do buy these bottles of snake repellent with their other Outdoor products I have noticed. The other day a guy in the hardware shop said to the people in front him who had a bottle of this snake repellent in their basket that he sells these special mosquito deterrent whistles – guaranteed to keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay when a person blows on this whistle and whether they are interested to buy one or two Mosquito whistles.
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