With the fall season upon us, copperheads have been frequently seen in the community in the cool mornings and evenings seeking warm pavement and sunny path locations.
When you are out and about on the trails or doing yard work, please be mindful that snakes may be present. And if you're out walking at night, be sure to take a flashlight to light your path. In most cases these snakes are more afraid of you and will move away. However, if startled, they will possibly strike as a warning.
In your yard, make sure to mow closely around homes and outbuildings, and store firewood and lumber away from residences. Better yet, don't have a wood pile. Reduce mulch layers around shrubs to about 2 to 3 inches in depth to discourage small animals. Close cracks and crevices in buildings and around pipes and utility connections with 1/4-inch mesh hardware cloth, mortar or sheet metal. All doors and windows should have tightly fitting screens.