Many Americans have had to deal with uninvited wildlife, such as snakes, in their homes and yards. This issue is especially common for people who live in southern states. And if you have a young child, you have to be extra vigilant!
Sid Miller, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, shared a chilling photo to remind his fellow Texans and other Americans about the danger that may hide in the yard:
The post has been shared more than 186,000 times and has garnered thousands of comments. Here are some of them:
Not all snake encounters end in bites, but such cases have been reported across the country. KATV ABC 7 reported a case which happened in a similar setting. A 3-year-old boy was playing outside and got bitten in the leg by a snake hiding in his toy truck. The snake turned out to be a cottonmouth, and these are venomous. The boy was treated with 16 vials of anti-venom.
Another case was reported in Texas, where a 1-year-old boy was bitten by a rattlesnake when he playing in the yard. His mother Erin told KTXS 12 ABC:
I didn't see the snake at first. I saw his (right) hand was bleeding, took him in, rinsed it off. It looked like a snake bite.
The boy was treated with 25 vials of anti-venom and had to undergo surgery on his right hand to drain blood and fluid buildup. He's expected to make a full recovery.
How to deter snakes from your home and prevent snake bites
To keep snakes out of your home and yard and to prevent snake bites, the National Pesticide Information Center recommends the following:
1. Remove potential hiding places from your yard, such as toys, wood piles, and scrap metal and keep the grass in your yard short.
2. You can use a snake repellent, but keep in mind that it may be toxic to people and pets. If you choose to use it, do so strictly according to label instructions.
3. Keep your home rodent-free.
4. Seal potential entry points in your home to prevent snakes from crawling in.
5. If you or someone else has been bitten by a snake, call Poison Control (1-800-222-1222). If there are severe symptoms, call 911 first.
6. If your pet has been bitten by a snake and has symptoms, take the animal to the vet right away. If there are no sign and symptoms, call the vet or the National Animal Poison Control Center (1-800-426-4435).
And here’s one more thing: keep your child’s toys indoors and always check them before letting your child play with them. Stay safe!