Recently, social media has been awash with Nigerians sharing images and videos of snakes curling up in toilets. In Abuja, one of such incidents turned fatal as an official of the Nigerian Airforce was alleged to have died from a snake bite which occurred while she was using the restroom. A resident of Osun state also shared a video of a similar incident, thankfully, he saw the snake before he sat on the toilet.
When using the toilet, the only thing between you and the sewer is about 10 inches of water and many types of snakes can slither through that.
Many Nigerians were unnerved by this recent revelation and are wondering what they could do to avoid snakes slithering into their Toilet water system. Don Jazzy made an Instagram post where he was trying to figure out alternative ways of using the toilet without seating while Tonto Dike wondered if it was possible to get Adult potty seats as she is scared of seating in her toilet due to these snake bite stories. They are not alone, even I myself can’t use the toilet in the dark anymore. In fact, the editor of this newspaper, my boss, recently fumigated the entire office space and toilet, apparently, he too is scared. (chuckles)
Here are what experts say we could do to prevent snakes turning up in the toilet or in our vicinities;
- PROPER COVERING OF THE SEWER SYSTEM.
Most sewer systems are built in a way that has the vent pipe directly connected to the sewer. The vents provide a means for sewer gases to be released outside instead of inside the house. If the opening of the vent is not covered with a sieve, it is not inconceivable for a snake to climb into the vent and find its way into your toilet. You are to make sure to cover the toilet vent with a lid that has tiny holes. This way, the bad smell is let out while also preventing snakes or other reptiles access to the Water system. Also, make sure that the lids of the septic tank is covered properly as it has been proven to be the easiest way snakes, frogs, rats and other reptiles find their way into the house.
- KEEP YOUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN
Regularly clean and fumigate your environment. Cut unwanted grasses, declutter the home and surroundings to make sure that there are no musty areas that would serve as home for snakes, rats and lizards.
- FUMIGATE THE TOILET SINK.
There are special pesticides made for the purpose. You can easily get them at your nearest store. Apply them regularly to keep snakes, rats and other reptiles away from your home.
- ALWAYS COVER THE TOILET LID AFTER USE.
In an instance where the snake might have entered the toilet already. A covered toilet lid prevents it from gaining further access into the House. You should always flush the toilet before opening the lid.
- PLANT SNAKE REPELANT FLOWERS
There are flowers that are known to repel. You could plant these kinds of flowers around your home. They will keep the snakes away while also beautifying your home.