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Be mindful of rattlesnakes hiding in Christmas decorations

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480-237-9975

Tucson 24/7 Hotline:

520-308-6211

Each year, we receive several calls during the weekend after Thanksgiving to capture and relocate rattlesnakes found in the garage or shed. The reason they are discovered? It's that time of year to pull out the old Christmas decorations and shake out the spiders to once again staple a frayed firehazard to the roof for a few weeks. As mentioned in another article, rattlesnakes love to use garages as winter dens. They're warm (relatively), quiet, and free of predators. Even better, they're often full of stuff that only gets touched once a year. Perfect!

Rattlesnake in the Garage hanging christmas lights

What can you do?

Just keep the usual safety precautions in mind while digging into the holiday stuff:

  1. Never reach into spaces that you can't see. You may have to move boxes out to create a clear, visible space before reaching for them.
  2. Never bring boxes with broken sides openings in them into the home, and be extra careful sorting through them initially.
  3. If you do see a snake, leave it alone and call a professinal *ahem* to remove it safely and humanely.
  4. Proceed with assaulting the neighborhood and local powergrid on that ladder that you really should have thrown out after last year's incident.

Remember that rattlesnakes are just trying to stay out of the cold and are not actively trying to invade your space. If a door is left open, your shed or garage becomes just a cave to the local wildlife, so if you know you had the door open for a few days during September and October, be extra cautious.

If you do see a rattlesnake, call us at 480-237-9975 and we will be there before you can say "raisins in stuffing is an abomination". Really though, we're open for the holiday and can help if needed.

Out of town visiting guests may need a quick refresher

If you have family or friends visiting from cooler places where a rattlesnake showing up for Thanksgiving dinner isn't really something that happens, it may be good to quickly let the kids (and uncle Steve) know to keep an eye out and leave any snake they see alone, no matter how many tv shows they've watched. It's not common to see rattlesnakes in the open during this season outside the garage or shed situations described earlier, but as our call log proves, it does happen each year. If necessary, use the threat of a very distant possibility of rattlesnakes showing up to discourage certain family members from showing up.

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