Snakebites are dreaded by many especially those who are aware of the potentially serious complications that can arise in the aftermath of a snake bite. Houston residents, in particular, need to be wary since they live amongst a large population of dangerous snakes. You don’t have to experience a snake bite to know that it’s an incident to avoid. The many adventure movies and documentaries, as well as news items that feature snake bites, are enough to tell us that the fangs of many of these slithering animals can cause great discomfort. In the event you encountered a snake, residents need the help of humane wildlife removal services to keep snakes away from their Houston premises. But there are other ways to avoid snake encounters as well.
Avoiding Snake Encounters
Not all snakes are dangerous. If you are able to identify the dangerous ones then you have taken a major step, Texas has fifteen types of snakes that can harm people. As you explore the outdoors you should stay away from spaces that may be occupied by snakes. This means ensuring that your foot doesn’t wind up in any holes in the ground or tree hollow as these spaces are ideal for snakes to retreat into. Snakes will also spend their time in long grass, so you should avoid walking in areas where you can not clearly see the ground.
How to Behave When Facing a Snake
Knowing how to respond when encountering a snake can go a long way in ensuring that you don’t get bitten. Experts advise that when facing a snake, you slowly and calmly retreat. A safe distance can be attained by moving far enough away to be out of the snake’s reach. A snake can strike you if the distance between you and it is at least half of its body length.
It is never a good idea to reach out and grab a snake. Except for the few professional and experienced snake handlers who are able to do this, most people are asking for trouble if they attempt this feat. It almost always results in disaster. Many people who are bitten by coral snakes find themselves in this dilemma because they tried to grab the snake. Cottonmouth snakes are naturally aggressive so any attempt to handle one of these snakes will be extremely dangerous. Even the experts sometimes get hurt in attempting to handle these dangerous snakes.
If despite your best efforts, you get bitten by a snake you should not try to remove the venom yourself. Most of the methods of venom removal that have been popularized by word of mouth and some internet content have been proven by science to be ineffective. You are better off seeking immediate professional medical care. This means getting in touch with emergency services or if you can, travelling to the nearest emergency room immediately.
Keeping Snakes at Bay
Snakes love cool secluded spaces so if you have woodpiles, shrubbery piles of compost or leaves or even high grass in your yard, they will slither on to your property. They love to feed on mice so if you have rodents on your premises, snakes will come to feed. They also love water and so any water feature (like ponds or fountains) will attract them. If rainfall leaves puddles in the yard, this will serve as a snake attraction as well. If you want to discourage snakes from settling in your domestic space, you will have to remove or carefully manage all these potential snake attractions.
Snake removal and exclusion is a major part of any strategy to avoid snake bites in your domestic environment. Expert humane wildlife removal teams like the wildlife technicians at Skedaddle can examine your Houston property to detect snake presence. We can then remove any snakes that are on the premises and install barrier devices to keep snakes from returning. It is also a good idea to apply snake exclusion devices even before you suspect snake intrusion.