Okay, we all live in Arizona because the weather is almost perfect, the sun is almost always shining, the golf courses are luscious, there are multiple and beautiful wide open spaces and endless hiking trails!
Surprisingly enough these are also places where some “not so delightful” inhabitants hang out in our state! You've heard the news this past week...... Snakes bites are on the rise!! Again! Here are a few simple tips to help keep you safe.
If you hike: • Tap ahead of you with a walking stick before entering an area where you can't see your feet. Snakes will try to avoid you if given enough warning.
• When hiking in an area known to have snakes, wear long pants and boots if possible • Consider purchasing a snake kit
Avoid rock piles or tall green grass/bushes where snakes like to rest.
About 150 people in Arizona are bitten every year. Some of Arizona’s rattlesnakes can also be lethal.
Scottsdale is notorious for having snakebites and s…
Dogs primarily contract Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) in the low desert regions of Arizona, New Mexico, southwestern Texas and the central deserts of California. Dogs accompanying people traveling through these areas or wintering in these warm climates have about the same chance as their owners of being infected.
With the Monsoon season approaching, doctors say there will likely be increased cases of Valley Fever in people as well as in our pets. Valley Fever is caused by a fungus that lives in the desert soil. As part of its life cycle the fungus grows in the soil and matures, drying into fragile strands of cells. The strands are very delicate and when the soil is disturbed; by digging, walking, construction, high winds-(Monsoons) the strands break apart in to tiny individual spores called arthroconidia or arthrospores. We get Valley Fever by inhaling the fungal spores living in the dust when it's blown around by disturbance. The do…