If you happen to come across a snake in your spray shields (USA) house or garden the first thing to do is to resist the urge to attack it with a broom or stick or any other form of stick for that matter. Snakes can jump quite high and strike you just as well as if they were on the ground. Sometimes if the snake is in the house they may be on a slippery floor surface that reduces it’s ability to move efficiently. If this is the case the best thing to do is to place a heavy object like a big book on top of it. This will limit it’s ability to move still further. Be careful though. Use the book as a shield in approaching the snake.
Please note that I do not advocate killing snakes if you have any way of calling a trained expert to remove it. Snakes are a necessary part of the environment and play a vital role in controlling certain species. Only if you have no other option available to you should you consider killing it.
It is always a very advisable to find out about distinguishing non venomous snakes from the venomous ones in your area so that you don’t kill the non venomous ones by mistake. It is of the utmost importance not to kill non venomous snakes because they actually control the population of venomous snakes by actively preying on them.
If you have decided that there is no alternative other than to kill the venomous snake the next thing to do is to either chop it in two with a long handled, broad bladed garden hoe. I still say it’s best to call the PDSA and get them to send an expert out to collect the snake if at all possible. Usually they will catch it and release it somewhere far away from human habitat.
If the Snake is found in a drawer or somewhere difficult to access leave it alone, move all family members away from the immediate area and most of all do not attempt to interact with it at all. Call the PDSA, or RSPCA, and get them to collect it. If they do not have a snake catcher they will contact a trusted professional snake catcher.
If you come across a venomous snake in the garden the first thing to do is to get everyone away from it. If you actually do need to kill it, do this with a long handled, broad edged hoe simply chopping the snake in half as previously stated. Other tactics include spraying it from a distance with a high pressure hose or opening the garden sprinklers. This will have the effect of ‘persuading’ the snake to leave the area.
The thing to do after that is to find out why the snake came to your area. Do you keep rodents or birds? Are there birds nesting in your garden or in the eves of your house? Do you have a rodent problem on the house or garden. Note that in places like the USA this can be problematic because animals like chipmunks and squirrels are everywhere. Snakes, however, like mice and rats and other small rodents. Again in places like the USA, where buildings are mainly made out of timber, rodents often find easy shelter in the space between the outside and inside walls. If you hear scratchings or find evidence of mouse trails in your kitchen, get an expert to solve the problem. Remember, No mice, No snakes.
A mouse can get through a hole the width of a pencil with no problem at all. Make sure there are no holes in your walls. Fill them immediately. High pitched sound devices are now becoming a popular way to discourage vermin from entering our home. Evidence shows that there is some proof to this claim. Having one installed can be a good idea. Remember snakes always follow their food source.
Snakes do not take any active interest in humans and all contact between them and us in merely coincidental. The threat of snake bite is quite remote exactly for this reason. If, however, somebody in your vicinity is bitten it is important to establish the following procedure; move the person to a safe place and keep them calm. Establish what kind of snake bit the person. If you can safely kill it for identification, do so. If not, make a mental note of it’s markings. Call the emergency services to evacuate the wounded person or evacuate them yourself if they are not critically ill. Meeting the ambulance on the way is another good option. Keep calm and keep the patient calm.
Many eco-minded communities are being created throughout the world. Some are more eco than others. Water systems, energy systems, impact studies, dirt treatment, waste removal, recycling, transportation, food, EMF, microwaves, air-quality, sourcing items, air-conditioning, toys like Television, paper use, building materials, types of lighting are some of the major issues needing to be taken into consideration. Maybe these communities should be graded or ranked according to the number of these issues incorporated into their setting.
Water: What is the water source? Is bottled water allowed? Spring fed mountain water is some of the best. Is water recycled for garden usage and toilets?. How is the water sourced and pumped? Is there a water re-catchment system for rain-water retrieval? Are there septic systems?
What is the source of electricity? Is the water being used to generate electricity or are wind combines creating electricity? Are their solar panels and what kinds. Some of the newer ones are far better than the older versions.
Throughout the world, with the proliferation of cell phones and their towers and other devices emitting electromagnetic radiation (EMR), we are seeing dramatic increases in a number of illnesses (chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, ADD, mental illnesses, suicides, bizarre crimes, cancers, brain tumors, leukemias, epilepsy – not to mention electro sensitivity [ES]). EMF free communities are being built in Sweden, France, Italy, the USA, and Japan. Is this something your eco-community has considered? Since the internet is seemingly here to stay, has this community plan perhaps created a shielded center for those who insist on their internet. Some homes in the U.S.A. have a wi-fi in every bedroom, and the home office. Microsoft campuses as they are called have up to 4 internet stations in a house.
Life on this planet is being threatened by this and other technologies. There is ample evidence to suggest that this EMR is a major factor in environmental problems including the disappearance of birds, amphibians, and insects.
Narrated by actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Dirt! offers insight into the environmental, economic, social, and political impact that SOIL has around the world. Packed with countless billions of microscopic organisms, soil ultimately provides life and fertility to plants, animals, and humans. It also purifies and heals the very systems that sustain us, without which nothing could survive.
Many modern interventions, including industrialized and pesticide-based farming, have all but depleted the richness of the world’s soil. Within the past century one third of the world’s topsoil has been depleted. Topsoil, contains the highest concentration of organic matter, including the microorganisms that convert waste to dirt and replenish it with vital nutrients. Without it, life will not be sustained. How is the soil in your community being cared for?
How is the food grown in your eco community? Are organic principles in place? What methods are being used to control pests? There are numerous natural techniques such as garlic sprays, hedges of Rosemary and Sage.. Are their permaculture practices in place, that is sustainable land use design?
Does the facility have microwaves? The Germans developed the microwave technologies to support mobile operations into the vast expanses of the Soviet Union, and it is now the Russians who have outlawed their use and issued an international warning about the biological and environmental damage that can result from their use.
There are numerous pieces of research showing the cancer-causing, nutritional and biological destructive effects to humans and other organisms when exposed to microwave emissions. The list is rather mind-boggling.
What about air-conditioning? Does this eco-minded community offer this? AC is destructive to the environment, harmful to health and wasteful of resources.. Not only are we contributing to global warming by pumping out harmful gases, we are using up power, fossil fuel, and depleting reserves. We are increasing our own chances of infection by lowering our resistance by artificially changing our ambient temperature. AC causes us to re-breathe recycled air.
Does the community support televisions in each house? Studies have shown direct links between television and violent feelings and behavior, anger, and addiction. Besides that, the community roofs will be sprinkled with little satellite dishes.
Does the central store sell recycled toilet paper and paper towels? What other ecologically minded items are present? Maybe the store only sells organic or fresh items and no packaged additive loaded items.
What kinds of lighting are used? The information came out and was available in the 1970’s on the harmful effects of white lights. Full-spectrum lighting was recommended. Since then we have been flooded with fluorescents that seem to cause untoward effects in many people, long life bulbs, LEDs, etc.
Learn as much as you can about each of these issues before buying into a green community. This may involve a great deal of research and awareness. Hopefully, the community has taken on the task of doing this research beforehand and is excited about educating all interested buyers.