By: Babagana Bukar Wakil ,Maiduguri
Reactions have emerged following the death of a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Personnel Lance Corporal Ogah Bercy, attached to the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), who died of complications from snakebite in her toilet at the NAF Base Bill Clinton Drive Abuja.
Questions on how snakes and other reptiles manage to enter our bathrooms and toilets have been raised and asked by many across social media.
Findings show that it’s not very common for snakes to be found in toilets. More plumbers have seen snakes under houses or in a roof cavity than in the toile however, snakes can get into a toilet through an opening in the sewer.
Sewers can be a hiding ground for mice and rats.
Snakes can enter the sewer to get their next meal. They can make their way through a sewer and slither their way through.
When talking about snakes getting into the toilet sink, some people think or assume that there’s already water inside the toilet sink, but according to plumbers, the toilet seat is designed in such a way that the water stays only in the sink and the pipe that leads to the septic tank or soak away is always empty and free of water.
Most reptiles would find it difficult to jump or enter into the water closets, they always find it easier to enter from the concrete chambers at the back of the house.
Through which sewage pipes get connected and through cracks, under the doors and crevices.
Here are some preventive measures to take which will help in avoiding snakes curling up in your toilet bowl;
In an interview with Dandal Kura Radio Sale Kadai a plumber admonished that the best way to prevent a snake from making its way into your toilet is to make your home less attractive to the snake in the first place.
He further emphasized that keep windows and sliding doors in the bathroom closed or ensure the screens are fully intact so a snake can’t slide its way in.
He said that prevent a mouse or rat infestation in your home with the correct rodent protection. Snakes will follow the food trail, so if there‘s a mice or rats near or in a house, get rid of them faster.