Summer Protection Against Mosquitos, Snakes and Other Dangerous Critters (Part 2)

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Jul-2017

Continuing our compendium of resources to protect against dangerous summer animal bites, let’s look at a few others.

Squirrels, rats and other rodents

Rats, mice and squirrels prefer to keep their distance from humans, but if they happen to bite, or if we come into contact with their saliva or feces, they may transmit a number of diseases in the process. Some common nasty illnesses include rabies, Lyme disease, hantavirus and rat bite fever. Another danger from these pests, one we don’t often hear about nowadays, is plague (yes, that plague), commonly carried by ground squirrels.

How can we protect ourselves and our children? The CDC offers several articles that may help. If you do receive a bite, seek medical attention immediately.


We generally don’t worry about getting diseases from spider bites; we do worry about the bites themselves. Many species of spiders are poisonous, some injecting life-threatening amounts of poison with their bites. Among the most common (and most deadly) are the black widow and brown recluse spiders.

If you receive a spider bite that appears infected (or if you know the spider was poisonous), seek medical attention right away. In the meantime, the Mayo Clinic offers helpful tips for preventing spider bites, and EarthSky lists 10 things to know about the brown recluse in particular.


Snakes may be among the scariest of the venom-carrying creatures, but most species won’t seek out contact from humans, and they will only bite if they feel threatened. The main exceptions are the constrictor species like pythons and boas, predators who coil around their victims to suffocate them. Typically, constrictors aren’t a threat in the U.S. except for those who keep them as pets, or in the wild if an owner releases them (as has happened frequently in Florida).

If a snake bites you, seek medical attention even if you are unsure if the snake was poisonous. For helpful advice on avoiding snake encounters, check out this article by the USDA, and this one by Active.

Many unwanted bites and encounters occur while families are traveling on vacation, so for additional safety, check out our article on Summer Road Safety Tips. If you seek medical attention from a bite or illness and believe you have suffered from medical error, our Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys can assist. Please contact us for more information.

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