Protect Yourself with Snake Knowledge this Spring and Summer
The more you know about venomous snakes, the easier it is to protect yourself and your loved ones from the risk of a snake bite. By watching where you step, looking and listening for signs of a venomous snake, and knowing what to do if you come across one, you have an advantage this snake season.
If you have issues with snakes at home, there are things you can do to protect your family. Snake fencing is a great way to create a barrier between your yard and the great outdoors. The Santa Clarita snake fencing team at No Bugs Termite and Pest Control can install snake fencing for your property so you can enjoy your backyard with less fear of finding a surprise visitor.
Call your local snake control team at No Bugs Termite and Pest Control today to make your snake fencing appointment.
Recognizing Venomous Snakes
Venomous snakes can sometimes be differentiated from non-venomous snakes through visual inspection, using caution, and not getting too close. The most common venomous snakes in Southern California are rattlesnakes. These are characterized by the following physical traits:
- Triangular head
- Slim neck
- Wider body
- Blunt tail with rattles (Rattles may or may not be visible if the snake is smaller)
Nonvenomous snakes are often characterized by:
- Narrow head shape
- Heads transition smoothly into the body without indentation
- Bodies are narrow
- The tail tapers to a point
Although nonvenomous snakes can bite if they feel threatened, their bites are rarely life-threatening.
Staying Alert During Snake Season
Snake season in Southern California is April through October. This does not mean that you can’t enjoy the outdoors during those months, rather it means you should stay alert and know where to look.
There are several things to keep in mind when heading outdoors during snake season:
- Watch for snakes sunning themselves to get warm after a cool night or hiding in the shade to avoid the midday sun.
- When stepping out from indoors, check for snakes along walkways and doorsteps
- Do not step over rocks or logs when hiking, stepping on them instead, to avoid an encounter with a hiding snake
- Hike in sturdy boots and long pants, and if you are heading into a known snake area, consider the higher boot over a short one
- Keep dogs on a leash when out walking in the heat
- If you have snake fencing on your property, keep hedges trimmed away from the fence and check regularly for gaps or holes where snakes may be able to circumvent the fencing
- If you encounter a freshly killed snake or kill a snake yourself, do not handle the freshly killed snake. They can still inject venom and may move for several hours after being killed.
Call the Santa Clarita Snake Control Team at No Bugs Today!
The snake fencing specialists at No Bugs Termite and Pest Control are here for all of your snake fencing needs. Let us walk the perimeter of your home with you so that we can help you identify points of access that are of the highest concern and how snake fencing can help. Snake season is upon us here in the SCV and we know that snake fencing is a great way to find some peace of mind.