This week the news is full of a tragic event of a Georgia woman who died after being bitten by a rattlesnake while gardening. That tragedy reminds us that venomous snakes can be found around homes and gardens.
It is rare that rattlesnake bites are fatal for adult humans, but it can happen. Adult rattlesnakes usually do not inject venom in defensive strikes, but they can. The baby or younger snakes are more likely to deliver a full dose of venom as they are not experienced enough to control the amount of venom that they inject.
What To Do if You Encounter a Snake
- Leave the snake alone. Many bites occur after people try to remove or kill the snake. Since many non-venomous snakes mimic the look and behavior of venomous snakes, it can be very difficult to tell them apart. For a good example of this, compare the coloring found on a coral snake and a king snake. One is venomous and one is not.
- Call our professionals to remove the snake. We have the tools and experience to safely handle all snakes. The right tool and the experience means that snakes are removed safely even from under buildings.
- Put your pets in the house. Dogs will sometimes go after snakes and may not understand the danger. Pets and children are more at risk from the venom of a snake than are adults, simply because they are smaller and their bodies cannot handle the venom.
How to Reduce Snake Populations Around Your Home
- Keep your yard clean. Make sure to employ a weed abatement program. Snakes hunt from cover. Tall grass, un-pruned shrubs, etc. are good habitats for snakes to move through a habitat. When your yard is cleaned snakes are more at risk for predation by hawks and other organisms that eat snakes.
- Make sure that you have a rodent abatement program in place. When you reduce foods that snakes need, they hunt elsewhere. Rodents are a big attractant for snakes.
For more tips on reducing snake encounters, reach out to our team. If you have snakes in your yard, give us a call to safely remove them.
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