WITH the weather heating up, Spearwood snake catcher Steve Smartt has urged local residents to take an active role in preparing for snake season.
The Spearwood resident has been catching snakes professionally for 25 years, deciding to get his licence after he found a snake on a piece of corrugated iron during a walk in the bush and dared himself to catch it.
In recent years Mr Smartt has noticed that snakes are becoming more prevalent in areas around Spearwood, Hamilton Hill and Yangebup as residential building increases.
“Ninety-five per cent of the snakes I catch in the area are dugites and 5 per cent are tiger snakes, which are both deadly,” he said.
“When you see a snake the most important thing is to keep your eye on it, try not to disturb it and ensure pets and animals are kept away while you get someone else, if you can, to call the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
“If a snake is indoors it is best to try and confine it to a single room, by closing a door and putting towels and blankets under the frame.”
Mr Smartt said the best prevention for attracting snakes into the home was to ensure gardens were clean.
“Leaf matter, old building materials and other items should be lifted off the ground as much as possible and home owners should ensure they are wearing shoes and gloves when doing any gardening,” he said.
“If you are in a snake prone area you should also pressure bandages on hand and ensure you learn how to use them correctly.”
Mr Smartt is on call 24 hours a day and is available on 0417 930 587.