Venomous creatures and critters to watch out for in the summer

Venomous creatures and critters to watch out for in the summer
Updated: Jul. 9, 2018 at 4:54 PM CDT
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(WAFF) - We all enjoy spending time outside in the summer, but there are some critters you should stay away from.

We need to watch for timber rattlesnakes, water moccasins, copperhead, black widow and brown recluse spiders.

Jeff Ponzini says venomous spiders are more common here in the Tennessee Valley. Brown Recluse spiders like dark cold spaces.

If you see a snake with a rattle, slowly move away, no sudden movements.

If you do get bitten, know what bit you. Timing is crucial.  When you get to a hospital,you have to make sure you get the right anti-venom.

Ponzini says immediately take an ace bandage or a compression wrap and wrap above the bite but don't use a tourniquet. You can quickly tell if a snake is poisonous if its head is arrow-shaped where the venom glands are on either side of their jaw.

If you see a snake just avoid it, go around it or try and find another path. Don't try and kill it.

"Just paddle away from it. If it's in your stream you can hold your kayak up with your paddle and stop it and wait for it to move on or wait for it to go under water. The snakes don't want to attack you. To bite someone is wasting venom to them to defend themselves. The venom is set up for them to feed." said Ponzini.

Since Huntsville and surrounding areas are growing so rapidly that means we are pushing our habitats into areas where we will come into contact with wildlife more often.

Experts say hire a professional to get rid of insects, snakes and rodents.

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