How to prevent snakes in toilets has become a very crucial topic that must be addressed, after the recent occurrence that leads to lost of life as a result of snake hazard in the toilet.
In this guide, I will reveal to you all you need to know about the snake entering ones toilet, it’s possible and what to do if that eventually Happened.
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Why should I keep snakes away from my toilet
The issue of snake inside ones toilet can be concluded as a new toilet hazard as it’s rarely happen and the chances of a snake gaining access Into a toilet water closet is very low and as a result of this, no one has ever imagine that until the recent happening. Below is a brief details on what Happened that prompts me to create this detailed guide.
On the 22nd of November 2021, a Nigerian Air Force female officer identified as Lance Corporal Bercy was reportedly died after she got bitten by a very poisonous snake when she sat on the toilet seat in her room to dedicate.
The reports that are available have it that the snake made its way into the ladies toilet bowl (WC) and bit her on Saturday at her residence at the Airforce Base, Bill Clinton Way, Airport Road, Abuja.
People that are available in the scene were able to rush her to the medical center, but she didn’t survive and was pronounced dead at the medical center.
According to the information that was made available on the day, the snake is suspected to have found its way into her home through the Septic Tank to the Waste Dislodge.
After the sad incidence, a snake whisperer was said to have been called to remove the huge reptile from the toilet where the lady got bitten by the poisonous snake.
On hearing this incidence, a lot of individuals now exercise fears whenever they go to dedicate in their toilets and some even find it very difficult to sit on the water closet in their toilets.
In order to let your minds be at ease whenever you are defecating your toilet, seat have decided to publish this detailed research on how to prevent snakes in toilets.
Can snake enter through the toilet
This is the primary argument that broke out shortly after the incidence as a lots of people strongly believe that snake can not survive for minutes inside a toilet soakaway, due to the absence of oxygen while some argue that if it can’t survive, then why did the recent incident occurred?
However, if you believe that a snake cannot survive in the toilet soakaway chamber for minutes due to the absence of oxygen, you’re are correct. But;
What if the snake entered through the ventilation pipe?
What if there is a visible hole in the pipe that linked the toilet with the soak away?
What if the snake has gained it’s entrance via other means and hide in the toilet without anyone noticing it?
Above are the questions that must be popping through your mind as they remind you of the possibility of the snake entering into the toilet water closet without getting to the soakaway pit or passing through it.
How can a snake enter the toilet
The just concluded section of this guide has answered this question in full but as a form of reminder, you must know that snakes are very dangerous reptile and have the ability to disguise itself and able to slip through any area without anyone observing and on this note there multiple ways by which a snake can gain access Into ones toilet.
The three obvious ways by which snake can enter the toilet are, through the ventilation pipe, through any exposed hole that links to the toilet and through the entrance of the main building in some cases.
How to prevent snake from entering the toilet
Now that you have agreed with me that there are many possible ways by which snake can gain access into a toilet, the next thing is how to prevent snakes in toilets.
In this section, I will be giving you the preventive measures to keep snakes from your toilets. You will all agree with me that prevention is better than cure and once you have take care if all the possible ways a snake can enter the toilet, there won’t be any way for this creatures to harm you in your toilets.
1. Be vigilant
This is very important and a great tips of all tips to keep snakes away from your toilet. Check all the links to your toilet and bathroom regularly. If you discovered any pore space that link to the toilet, quick call experts in the affected area and get it fixed immediately.
Don’t play with the regular check of your house and immediate surrounding expecially around the drainage pipes and the ones that link to the bathroom and toilets directly.
2. Always cover the toilet vents
As it’s has been stated in the previous part of this guide, one of the major way by which a snake can gain access Into your toilet is through the ventilation pipe, especially when there are trees near-by, this will make it easier for this reptiles to climb to the roof to and thereby gain access to the toilet via the vents.
By covering the toilet vents always, you’re are a step away from the snake hazard in the toilet.
3. Always cover your soakaway pit
This is one of the preventive measures that you should not joke with, which ever event that leads to opening of your soakaway pit slab, always make sure to cover it immediately after the event. Do not for once leave it opened.
4. Get a sieve Installed into your toilet WC
When there is a sieve in your toilet water closet, it will be more secure for you to use and you will have rest of mind, while defecating in the toilet. This will serve as filter and as well as separation between the outlet of the water closet and the sit of the water closet.
With the presence of the sieve in your toilet water closet, even if the snake gain entrance from the vents or the link to the toilet, it won’t be able to bite you as the sieve will block it from having access to you. Though this might makes the flushing more complicated, but at least, it saved you from a big risk. Hence, this is considered as one of the active method to prevent snakes in your toilet.
In taking an extra effort to make the process more smoothly and secured, you can get a technician to install a snake grill or a net large enough to prevent snakes from crawling up the water route that is an exit to the drain.
5. Other preventive measures to prevent snake from entering a toilet
Make sure you keep your toilet lid closed at all times and you can also make use of a flat tile to cover your bathroom filter when you’re not in the bathroom so as to stop any further movement of the reptile through the pipes and also ensure that all pipes are well fixed and closed, always make sure you check inside your toilet sink before you sit on it, avoid using the toilet in the dark and you should as well, fully know that public toilets are dangerous to use anyhow. If one thing leads to the other and you must use them, don’t sit directly on them, lift up your buttock slightly above the bowl and be watchful.
Also, always keep windows and doors in the bathroom closed or ensure the screens are fully intact to the extent that a snake can’t slide its way in.
Corrective measures – How To get rid of snake in toilet
We have been talking about the preventive measures since and that’s great, but, it’s high time we talked about the corrective measures as well.
So far, we have been able to identify all the possible ways by which snakes can gain access Into any toilet and as well as the measures that we can put in places to avert the snake hazard in the toilets.
Ok! What if the snake has gained access already?
What if there is a snake somewhere around the toilet water closet?
In this section of how to prevent snakes in toilets, I will be listing the corrective measures that to can put in places, just in case you’re thinking maybe, there is one snake in the toilet already.
6. Flush the toilet with poisonous substance that the snake cannot survive
Research have it that the snake cannot survive with some substances and once they come in contact with this substances, they will die immediately. Among the substance is the combination of salt and kerosene. Simply mix kerosene with salt and flush your toilet with it.
Another combination is engine oil with water, house old items like caustic soda, pore any of the aforementioned substance/combination inside the toilet via the water closet and flush them, this will kill the snake in case there is any in the toilet.
7. Fumigate your toilet regularly
Fumigation is another corrective measures to prevent snakes from entering a toilet. Make sure you fumigate your sewage system regularly. There are special pesticides that are made specifically for this purpose. This will control and kill any of the dangerous reptiles that might be present in the toilet sewage system or any chamber of the toilet.
This is a complete detailed guide on how to prevent snakes in toilets and with the information revealed in this guide, you should be able to know what to do to prevent any snake from entering your toilet and if anyone of this reptiles eventually gained access into your toilet, a detailed information on how to get rid of them has also been revealed.