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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Whether they crawl or slither, you probably do not want these creepy critters anywhere near your home.

"Can you describe the coloration to me and the pattern," said Jonathan Bach.

Jonathan Bach of Rattlesnake Solutions wrangles rattlers for a living.

His company removed 900 snakes in the valley last year and they're expecting to capture 11 to 1200 this year.

"The increase is due to more development in areas that were since undeveloped, obviously we've had a lot of increase in the human population which is in turn driving the snakes out from where they were normally residing," said Bach.

Displaced snakes come to our home looking for shelter, food, and water.  Much like black widows and scorpions, the base of plants where water collects and garden hoses can be attractive to desert pests.

"They drip on a routine basis, so the drip brings in the crickets and soft shelled insects, and the black widows there to feed on them," said Sage Garvey with Burns Pest Control.

Just yesterday, Phoenix Fire crews had to battle a different bug, bees. A swarm of bees attacked a couple near South Mountain.

"From talking with firefighters on scene they described as the person having a beard of bees on their face," said Capt. Ruben Saavedra.

Firefighters had to use foam to free a man and woman from the swarm. Capt. Saavedra recommends some simple steps to keep your family safe.

"It's a good idea to walk around your house, look through your trees, look through your water meter box, look in the areas like that where it's dark and moist. Make sure you don't have any build-up of bees and if you do, get a bee keeper out there, that way they can remove them properly," said Capt. Saavedra.

To keep the critters away, Sage Garvey of Burns Pest Control recommends fixing leaky faucets, patch up crevices that serve as shelter, and knock down their webs. Garvey also suggest sweeping debris away from your garage doors.

Phoenix Fire also recommends placing children and pets inside the house when you do landscaping around the house because that is when you're likely to run into critters.
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