As the state wallows in the fury of the rains, waterlogged surroundings, wet surroundings and creepy crawlies are making life miserable for several households.
Although the menace is not associated with the rainy season alone, there are many complaints of snakes being seen in residential areas during incessant showers.
However, by following certain steps, residents can largely avoid a brush with poisonous reptiles.
Abeesh KA Conservator of Forests and District Coordinator of SARPA, a snake rescue app, shares a few tips on this.
Keeps the environment clean
Litter will naturally attract rodents and other critters to your compound. And this in turn attracts the reptiles. So it is very important to keep the surroundings clean and avoid throwing food waste to keep away snakes and other poisonous reptiles.
Clear brush around the house
During the rainy season, the ground becomes covered with weeds, and thick undergrowth forms in no time. Since these plants are favorite places for snakes to balance their body temperature, the chances of their presence in such places are high.
Clearing weeds and scrub in the lawns thus plays a significant role in curbing the presence of snakes.
Avoid storing waste in the kitchen
In many households, food waste is stored in waste baskets overnight to be disposed of the next day. Such food materials also attract smaller creatures, which in turn attract the snakes. Therefore, clearing all food waste at night itself and keeping the kitchen clean will make it a safer place.
Check out the beaded spreads, the mattresses
To balance body heat, snakes usually seek refuge under warm clothing and mattresses. So always check the sheets and mattresses before going to bed.
Avoid piling up clothes
It is also important to avoid littering and throwing clothes carelessly around the house. Always store clothes folded inside a closet. And when a cloth is taken from a pile, check it thoroughly before use.
Kerosene, garlic juice not snake repellent
Some believe that pouring kerosene, diesel or concoction of garlic will stop snakes from crawling into the premises of the house. It is a myth. No chemical can act as a deterrent against such reptiles. Kerosene or other sharp substances can force hoses away from puncture sites when poured on them. But such substances would never preempt their intrusion.
SARPA app, a 24-hour response mechanism
The SARPA app developed under the leadership of the Kerala Forest Department entails a 24-hour response platform that provides immediate remedial and rescue measures. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and registration is simple. If a snake is spotted, take the picture of it or the picture of the place where it is hiding and upload it through the app.
A rescue team, which is part of a wide network that also includes higher level forest officials, would arrive at the spot to help you.