When the weather starts to warm up, the local snakes come out of their winter hibernation. You're most likely to see them when the nights are cool and the days are warm, but they are active throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall.
- NEVER stick your hands or feet anywhere you can't see them! This includes in piles of loose hay and under the pallets.
- If you see a snake, DO NOT try to move, catch, scare, or kill it. If it's resting someplace where there's lots of foot traffic, let other folks know so they don't accidentally tangle with it.
Avoid taking shortcuts through tall grass or weeds. Walk or hike in areas where the ground is clear, so you can see where you step or reach with your hands.
Make plenty of noise so that they have the opportunity to retreat. Rattlesnakes can sense that we're too big to eat and will only bite a human if they feel threatened.
Wear gloves when using your hands to move pallets, jump standards, rocks, or brush.
If you're working in the weeds, wear protective clothing such as long, heavy pants and high boots.
- Stay calm. It can be extremely painful, but rarely fatal.
- Remove any jewelry or tight-fitting clothing that could constrict swelling.
- Gently wash the bite wound with soap and water.
- Immobilize the affected area and keep it below the level of the heart.
- Apply ice
- Attempt to "suck the venom out"
- Apply a tourniquet
- Administer aspirin or other NSAIDs
- Elevate the affected area