Animal Control Officer, Jessica McAbee says you need to keep an eye out for snakes around your yard and home.
"They like dark, warm areas. Pretty much anywhere they can hide," said McAbee, "They also like to come out and sunbathe or lay in bricks and under siding."
There is a large population of snakes in Georgia. 41 different species; six of those are venomous. Throughout the United States each year there are roughly 45,000 bites recorded. 7,000 to 8,000 of those are from venomous snakes. There are ways to spot the different kinds of snakes, and keep them away from your property.
"The best way that we determine what a snake is, is by looking at the eyes," explains McAbee, "if you look at their eyes and they have round pupils like humans do, then they are non-poisonous. If they have diamond eyes like cats or straight pupils then they are poisonous."
McAbee also encourages people to use sulfur as a form of deterrent for snakes. The only issue with this method is that you need to reapply the sulfur after a heavy rain because it will wash away.
Other ways to keep snakes away according to Arrow Exterminators include removing vegetation and other food sources for the snakes from your home. Also be aware of any rodents around your property. If they are around, then chances are, a snake is near by. Finally, be aware of your steps. Avoid any and all debris piles and wear shoes while outside your home.
So far this season, the Warner Robins Animal Control has responded to more than 30 snake sightings. Only one bite has occurred to a family dog. Keep these things in mind the next time your doing yard work around the house or chasing your golf ball into the woods.