Common Problems Snakes Cause

Snakes instill a deep-rooted fear in many people that few other animals can match. Even other animals seem to put them in a special category; many wild animals recognize snakes as threatening, and some birds and monkeys even have special vocalizations for sounding an alarm when a snake is seen.

But there is no justification for the persecution of these animals and the acts of violence often committed when even the most harmless of them is sighted. Snakes suffer greatly from changes in their habitat. Isolated when their natural land is broken up by development, they cant easily move across the unfriendly terrain.

Snakes cause few problems, and the few they do are relatively benign. Some of the larger species may cause problems around poultry houses, occasionally taking chicks or eggs, but except for the venomous species snakes are not a threat to humans or their pets. That does not convince people who have a deep-seated fear of these animals that they are harmless, and the fear some people have at even a glimpse of these reptiles contributes mightily to what are real conflicts between humans and snakes.

VENOMOUS SNAKE BITES

Snakebite is an important public health problem in tropical regions of the world. Although devastating effects of envenoming such as kidney failure, tissue necrosis, bleeding diathesis, and neurotoxicity are well known in the acute stage following a snakebite.

Most venomous snakes in the United States belong to the pit viper family and are either of the Crotalus or Sistrurus genus (rattlesnakes) or Agkistrodon genus (cottonmouths and copperheads). The only poisonous snake endemic to the United States that is not a pit viper is the coral snake. Its only about roughly 25 species of snakes in the United States that are poisonous. The most common poisonous snakebites are caused by the following snakes: pit vipers - rattlesnakes, copperheads and cottonmouth (water moccasin) snakes

Rattlesnake bites cause most of the poisonous bites in the US. Coral snakes cause less than 1 percent of poisonous snakebites. Venom toxins result in devastating effects that are usually encountered during the acute stage of snake envenoming, which will either result in death or, with timely medical management, including antivenom treatment, would resolve completely after the acute phase. However, given the dramatic nature and management required following snakebite, it is likely that many other venom toxin-related complications of victims, which would not amount to devastating outcomes, could go unnoticed during the acute stage owing to more attention paid by health care providers as well as patients to the fatal complications. Nevertheless, such complications that persist beyond the acute stage may unfavorably affect the day-to-day lives of snakebite victims.

SNAKES SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

  • Most encounters with snakes are passing, but when one does occur, be sure to leave the snake alone or identify it by species.
  • Continue to leave it alone so long as it is not venomous and not inside a house or building.
  • All outdoor (even in your yard) encounters with nonvenomous snakes should be resolved by letting the animal go its own way, most likely to never be seen again.
  • But if you encounter a venomous snake in your yard, take it seriously. The snake should be removed to ensure that no one, including pets, gets hurt.

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