First, any given area can only support a certain number of snakes. If you kill the nonvenomous snakes that leaves a food supply that could support a population of venomous snakes.
Remember snakes usually strike about 1/2 their body length, but they can strike further.
80 percent of bites occur when someone tries to kill or catch a snake. The safest thing you can do if you find a snake would be to leave it alone. (It is probably protected by law anyhow.)
85% of bites in the United States occur on the hand and forearm.
If you have a snake in your yard, either call someone that is trained in their removal or stand at a safe distance and spray it with a garden hose. Snakes hate that and will depart fast.
Step on logs rather than over them. Snakes coil beside logs from the “Reinert Posture” and might mistake your leg for a predator or prey.
Watch where you put your feet and hands. Do not reach under boards with your fingers.
Snakes can be managed safely with proper tools and training, but don’t risk trying to handle venomous snakes if you have never been professionally trained Pest Experts. There are things that no site can teach you about how to handle venomous snakes safely.
You can minimize the attractiveness of your yard to a snake by picking up debris, and controlling rodents. If there is no shelter or food the snake will shortly leave for better hunting grounds.
The very best action to take if you see a snake is to LEAVE IT ALONE. Most bites occur when someone is attempting to capture or kill a snake.
If you’re bitten by a snake, seek immediate medical attention from a certified and experienced physician. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control, the first aid for snakebite consists of:
Do remain calm – Remember that there’s an exceptional chance for survival, and in most cases there is plenty of time.
Do eliminate jewelry – Swelling can advance rapidly, so rings, bracelets and watches can be a real issue.
Do indicate the time – The progress of symptoms (swelling) is the most obvious indicator of the quantity of envenomation.
Do keep the thoracic beneath the heart.
Do get to a hospital as fast as possible – Anti-venom serum is the only sure cure for envenomation, also because some people are allergic to the serum it should just be given at a fully equipped medical facility.
In the event of a coral snake bite, then pull off the snake immediately – Corals’ fangs are comparatively modest, and they have to work at getting venom into the wound. Therefore, the quicker the snake is eliminated the less venom is injected.
Do attempt to spot the offending snake – Positive identification in the form of a snake is helpful, no time or security should be wasted because the signs will give medical personnel an accurate diagnosis.
Do get a tetanus shot.
Don’t cut the wound – This nearly always causes more damage than it is worth.
Do not use a tourniquet – This isolates the venom in a small region and causes the digestive enzymes from the venom to focus the damage.
Do not use alcohol orally – it speeds the heart and blood flow and reduces the body’s counter-acting ability.
Do not use ice – Freezing the stricken limb has been discovered to be a major factor resulting in amputation.”
Keep in mind, snakes have their place in the ecosystem and have been around long before we arrived. We are the people in their backyard. Snakes are quite capable of protecting themselves. Should you follow a few common sense rules it is possible to minimize an already small threat of snakebite during your outdoor experience.