Safety basics you need to know to avoid a venomous snake bite!

From scorpions to killer bees, common household pests in Arizona aren’t your run-of-the-mill rodents. As if having exotic next-door neighbors wasn’t interesting enough, our sunny state is also home to a wide variety of snakes, among them poisonous species that send scores of unfortunate locals to emergency care each year. In Maricopa County alone, Banner Hospital treats about 50 snake bites a year, the most in the Southwest.

While the vast majority of snake bites aren’t life-threatening when treatment is swift, being aware of the most common venomous species found in our area can help you avoid a painful and pricey trip to the emergency room.

Diamondback Rattlesnake

This desert dweller can be identified by the distinctive white-lined diamond pattern found on its back and its raccoon-like black and white striped tail. If you encounter one in the wild, keep your distance. Highly defensive by nature, diamondbacks are quick to strike when they feel threatened.

Speckled Rattlesnake

Speckled rattlesnakes range in color from a rusty brown to a light slate gray. Preferring rocky hillsides to desert plains, they can lull you into a false sense of security by remaining motionless under stress. With little advance warning, the best strategy for avoiding their venomous bite is to remain on high alert when you’re hiking on rocky terrain.

Sonoran Sidewinder

Named after its unique sideways slither, the Sonoran sidewinder thrives in dry, sandy flatlands. Sidewinders can be easily identified by a set of small horns that sit above their eyes. Small in size, they can be very aggressive and should never be disturbed.

Arizona Coral Snake

Covered in eye-catching rings in vibrant shades of red, black and white, the Sonoran coral snake is the most recognizable of the bunch. When threatened, Sonoran coral snakes make a loud popping noise – a sure warning sign that you should keep your distance.

Keeping Venomous Snakes Out of Your Yard

Snakes are solitary. Generally, they like to steer clear of humans as much as humans like to steer clear of them, but they run on instinct. To a snake in search of a place to settle, an overgrown yard with plenty of hiding spots can look like the perfect habitat. Shrubs, tall grass and gaps in structure are the biggest offenders. If you want to avoid tempting passing snakes into staying, keep shady vegetation to a minimum and make sealing structure cracks a part of your regular maintenance routine.

More than being a great snake deterrent, a tidy yard is the first line of defense against all types of pests, ranging from spiders to mice. By removing their sources of food and shelter on the outside, you can keep unwanted visitors from making their way inside.

Is your yard a safe haven for unwanted critters? We can help you deter them. To learn more about our trusted pest control services, contact us.