PBA Tip of the Day brought to you by David Coleman with Precise Pest Solutions (602) 487-7312.
Here are some helpful tips from fs.usdda.gov in regards to what to do if you see a rattlesnake. They are still out and about due to the unseasonably warm temperatures right now.
To avoid rattlesnake bites some safety precautions will help:
 Wear appropriate over-the-ankle hiking boots, thick socks, and loose-fitting long pants. Never go
barefoot or wear sandals when walking through wild areas.
 When hiking, stick to well-used trails if all possible.
 Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day.
 Look at your feet to watch where you step and do not put your foot in or near a crevice where you
cannot see.
 Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark.
 If a fallen tree or large rock is in your path, step up on to it instead of over it, as there might be a snake
on the other side.
 Be especially careful when climbing rocks or gathering firewood.
 Check out stumps or logs before sitting down, and shake out sleeping bags before use.
 Do not turn over rocks or logs. If you must move a rock or log, use gloves and roll it toward you, giving
anything beneath it the opportunity to escape in the opposite direction.
 Never grab “sticks” or “branches” while swimming in lakes and rivers. Rattlesnakes can swim.
 Avoid approaching any snake you cannot positively identify as a safe species.
 If you hear the warning rattle, move away from the area and do not make sudden or threatening
movements in the direction of the snake.
 Remember rattlesnakes do not always rattle before they strike!
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