Rattlesnake safety! How to deal with desert critters

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --  A free festival in Scottsdale this weekend will teach folks how to stay safe around desert critters, as well as how to avoid other dangers this upcoming holiday season.

"Fall Into Safety: Fall Festival" will be held on the Rancho Solano Preparatory School-Via de Ventura campus.

One of those safety hazards Valley residents can face? Rattlesnakes!

With cooler weather snakes are more active in daylight hours and many are looking for a warm home. Under a pool filter is a popular place for them to go.

We asked the experts what to do if one slithers into your backyard.

"If you find one in your yard, keep a real close eye on it," says Johnathan Bach with Rattlesnake Solutions. "Give us a call immediately. Out hotline number is available online."
How to avoid snakes in the home:
-Pick up yard
-Keep woodpiles to minimum
-Keep house rodent-free
-Snakes look for food, water and shelter-don't provide them a place to stay!
-Keep watch of the snake until removal

"You want to make sure your yard is picked up," says Bach. "You don't want a lot of ground cover."

Bach says as it gets cooler, the rattlesnake problem should ease up.

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If you visit the "Fall Into Safety: Fall Festival," the event will include Marvel Character appearances from Captain America & Iron Man, food, game trucks, a pumpkin patch and face painting.

Kids and adults alike will get safety advice on many topics. There will be safety demos, police and fire department booths, and martial arts demonstrations.

The event is set for Sat., Oct. 18 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information: www.ranchosolano.com