Snake season is quickly approaching, as temperatures rise and spring approaches.
The Murrieta Fire Department offers the following tips for avoiding chance encounter with the slithering creatures:
- Keep your yard tidy by clearing away undergrowth, toys, patio furniture, wood piles and tools make great hiding places for snakes
- Keep walkways clear of brush, flowers and shrubs
- Clean up fruit, pet food and bird seed; all of these will attract rodents and eventually snakes
- Keep your dog on a leash
- Wear boots and gloves when doing yard work – look before you step or reach
- If you come across a snake, head back the way you came
- Do not provoke or play with snakes
When out hiking, walking or running, Murrieta fire officials said to keep an eye on your surroundings and the trail ahead, carry your cell phone and walk with a partner.
Even a trip to the back porch can be dangerous, as snakes like to sun themselves on the warm concrete, officials said.
If you are bitten, remain calm and call 911 immediately.
If your pet is bitten, seek emergency pet care.
For Murrieta residents with a snake on their property, call the Murrieta Fire Department at 951-696-3615 to have the snake relocated at no cost.