Increase in snakes entering people's homes seen this summer - KCTV5

Increase in snakes entering people's homes seen this summer

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

It's advised to avoid the tall grass because snakes are taking over in Kansas City and experts say this year the snakes are bigger and stronger than normal and slithering right into people's homes.

As the temperatures keep climbing, the snakes start coming out.

"Terror, I'm terrified of them. It's the one thing I'm afraid of," Jill Smith said.

Smith says she hates the slithery reptiles and is afraid to get close to them.

"I'm not concerned they're going to bite me because I'm not going anywhere near them," she said.

But she's more scared for her two kids.

"They're very interested in nature and looking at stuff so I need them to make sure they know to look and don't touch," Smith said.

Tama Sawyer is the director of poison control at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She said the most common venomous snake in the metro is the copperhead.

"Worst case scenario would be death," she said. "If he would happen to hit a vein and actually inject the venom into the vein, that's the worst, the worst snake bite. That's automatically going to be a big problem."

If someone is out and they think they may run into a snake there are a couple of things they should have, a stick and wear some thick jeans.

"Now I'm aware and I will stay away from anywhere I think there might be snakes," Smith said.

Experts say venomous snakes tend to have a triangular-shaped head. Snake season runs from April until the middle of October.

They also say snakes come into busy areas looking for food and shelter, so it's advised not to leave out pet food or let rodents take up residence in your yard. It's also best to keep your yard free of any possible hiding places and seal up entry points in your home that lead to cool, damp places.

Snake repellents are also a possibility, but users are warned that some can harm pets.

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