Summer is high season for snakes in Georgia, and the number of reported snakebites is on the rise. How can you protect your kids, your pets, and yourself from summer snakebites?
Types of Venomous Snakes in Georgia
The first step in avoiding snakebites is knowing how to identify venomous snakes. The 6 types you’ll find in Georgia are:
- Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin)
- Coral Snake
- Timber Rattlesnake
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
- Pigmy Rattlesnake
Residential Snake Control
If you want to avoid snakes bites this summer, you’ll want to follow these steps:
- Call Progressive Pest Control to install a snake barrier
- Eliminate potential hiding places such as wood piles, tall grass, bins outside the house, and renovation debris
- Be on your guard when walking through the yard
- Don’t let kids wander
- Learn to identify venomous and non-venemous snakes. It’s illegal to kill non-venomous snakes in Georgia (and eliminating benign varieties may open up your yard to the nastier, venomous kind)
- Keep pets on a leash whenever possible and look for signs of snake bites in pets (weak limbs, lethargy vomiting)
- Don’t step toward or strike at a snake. If you provoke it, you’re much more likely to get bitten
How to Treat a Snake Bite
Last year 500 snake bites were reported in Georgia. What steps should you take if you suffer a snakebite?
- Call 911 or Poison Control immediately
- Try to visually identify the snake. Take a picture if possible, keeping a safe distance from the reptile
- Keep the bitten limb even with the rest of the body
- Do not try to treat the wound yourself by using a tourniquet, packing with ice, cutting the wound, or attempting to suck out the poison. Wait for the medical professionals to arrive
Contact Progressive Pest Control to protect your home from snakes.