Warmer weather, moisture mean creepy crawlers are emerging across the state

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OKLAHOMA CITY - With warmer temperatures and increased rainfall, creatures like snakes, scorpions, spiders and bag worms come crawling and slithering out into the open.

"We've had a really cool spring, so they're becoming more active as they're coming out of hibernation," said Ray Ridlen, OSU Extension Educator.

Experts said most snakes are not a threat and can actually be helpful around the house.

"They might have a lot of rats and mice on their property, so the snakes are there taking care of those," Ridlen said.

However, Ridlen said to keep an eye out for corals, copperheads and rattlesnakes.

In the town of Byron, 8-year-old Cade was bitten by a rattlesnake in April and was air lifted to OU Children’s Hospital.

He was hospitalized for five days.

Other creepy crawlers to look out for are scorpions and spiders like the black widow, brown widow and brown recluse.

Joan Rice travels the country with her husband eight months out of the year and is always on the lookout for the bugs.

"If you're out in the country, got to watch out where you walk and keep an eye out for things" Rice said. "They need to be here, so we just try and manage to be along with them. Try not to disturb them. They pretty much want to stay out of your way if you stay out of theirs.”

If those spiders and snakes are invading your environment, the best thing to do is call wildlife services or animal damage control at 405-521-3851 or 405-521-4039.

Also, keep in mind those pesky bagworms usually emerge right around Memorial Day.

"They can be heavy enough where they can totally defoliate our evergreens and cause death to it," Ridlen said.

If you catch them early, you can use BT products, natural bacteria spray to help prevent them from spreading.

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