The Texas Panhandle was blessed with rain in 2015, but that has an adverse effect that you might not realize.

The rattlesnakes will be out in full force as the weather warms up. According to pest controllers, this is because the heavy rainfall from last year has led to an increase in rodent populations.

Rattlesnakes are enough of a threat in the Texas Panhandle. They seem to be everywhere, from deep inside Palo Duro Canyon to your driveway. They are highly venomous and the antidote is extremely expensive. Plus, most health care centers only carry a few doses.

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, about 7,000 people in the U.S. are bitten by rattlesnakes each year and only 1 or 2 people in Texas actually die from a bite every year. Although your odds are pretty good, it's better to be safe than sorry.

To avoid being stuck in a situation with a rattlesnake, there are a few things you can do. If you live in a rural area, keep grass cut short and don't put woodpiles near your house. While moving through an open area, watch your feet and don't step where you can't see. Don't step over a log without looking on the other side. If you have to move something hollow, use a long stick or other tool to avoid sticking your hand inside.

Should you get bitten by a rattlesnake, seek immediate medical attention. While you wait, take off all jewelry and try not to move the area affected.

Watch out for the influx of snakes around the outskirts of Amarillo, Canyon, and throughout the Panhandle.

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