Protecting you and your family from Snakes
Facts: Are you aware that a snake, particularly the thinner ones, can get in to your home through a gap the size of a biro or pencil – as can a mouse! Also remember that snakes can swim and climb so carefully inspect your house, garage and all outbuildings.
What to look for when inspecting your property:
- Is the gauge size of any grates covering your drains small enough to stop snakes going down it?
- Make sure that there are no holes in your roof that snakes can get through – particularly if trees overhang your house.
- If your home has wooden floorboards ensure that access to the floor space beneath them is sealed and that gaps between the boards themselves are filled.
- Do you have screens on your windows and doors? Are there gaps around the frame or holes in the actual screening?
- Are there any holes, cracks and crevices between patio areas or pathways and your house? – Drainage areas in patios are a perfect point of entry.
- Are there holes, cracks or crevices in the brick or plaster work of your house?
- Ensure Skirting boards do not have gaps under or behind them.
- Seal all holes where wiring, plumbing or gas enters your home.
- Cover gutters and drain pipes with fine gauge mesh.
- Do you have gaps under doors in & out of the house, garage doors, shed doors? If so, bristle or sealing strip can be an effective way to seal these.
Be aware of the dangers posed by snakes and take steps to avoid them:
- Climb on to large rocks or logs in the pathway and step off them on to clear ground; these are favourite haunts for snakes.
- Watch where you put your hands and NEVER put them down a hole.
- When entering garages, sheds, storerooms and other outbuildings open the door, light the internal area and visually check for snakes remembering that you will, in all likelihood, be blocking their exit and that this is when they can attack in defence.
- Snake bites caused by accidentally stepping on to a snake- especially if you are out walking in grassland or the bush – are nearly impossible to predict or prevent but by taking a few simple, but sensible precautions you can reduce the risk.
- Use a mosquito net at night and tuck it in tightly.
- NEVER walk about barefoot – especially at night!
- Avoid long grass and stick to paths and tracks as much as possible.
- Use a long stick to ‘probe’ the ground ahead of you; be aware that snakes can ‘play dead’ so do not attempt to touch a snake that appears dead.
- Walk in single file through long grass or the bush.
- When walking around make plenty of noise to advertise your presence which will most likely cause the snake to move away
- Wear strong boots or shoes and long trousers when walking in grassland
- Do not attempt to catch, kill or corner a snake.
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