TIME TO PREPARE AS SPRING BRINGS OUT THE SNAKES
Spring heralds the start of warmer weather in the Southern Hemisphere and this also means it’s time to be on the alert for the appearance of snakes. Snakes are cold-blooded, which means they seek warm, sunny spots to regulate their body temperature and the spring climate means snakes will become increasingly active in the outdoors, around homes and other urban areas. Snakes will be coming out of their winter hiding spots and seeking food like rats and mice.
Below are 9 steps you can take to assist in snake safety both in the outdoors and around the home.
- If you come across a snake, remember to step away slowly so as not to startle or threaten it.
- Be careful putting your hands and feet in or near holes or logs which potentially may be a snake home.
- If you need to walk through leaf debris, underbrush or grassy areas, stomp your feet to scare off snakes.
- Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes and a pair of snake proof gaiters.
- Refresh your knowledge of first aid treatment for snake bites. It is recommended an ambulance is called in the event of a snake bite.
Around the Home:
- Consider investing in solar snake repellers which you can place around your premises to ward off snakes and deter them from nesting or visiting your property. The snake repellent emits sound vibrations which make snakes feel uncomfortable. A benefit of solar snake repellers is they look and act like solar garden lights and cast a glowing light around the garden, further adding to safety.
- Keep your garden and property clear of debris and potential hiding spots for snakes, like logs and long grass.
- Block any potential holes into your home which may allow snake access.
- Keep pests, like mice, rats and other small mammals under control.
Avoiding areas where snakes might reside is a good approach to take during the warmer spring weather and always remain alert. It is also important to provide children with basic snake safety education.