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How Do Snakes Get Into Toilet Bowls? See 7 Simple Ways To Avoid Snake Bite From Toilet Bowls

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The fear of snake in the toilet is the beginning of wisdom now.

On Monday, November 22, conversations around snakebit resurfaced following the death of Ogah Bercy, an official identified as Lance Corporal Bercy of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

According to reports, Bercy was said to have been bitten by a snake while using a restroom in her flat at the NAF Base on Bill Clinton Drive in Abuja.

Following this sad incident, She later visited the hospital to get anti-venom but died in the process.

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Indeed, snakes can get into toilet bowls through the connecting pipes and pits outside the house or get into the house, and then crawl up and, or fall into the toilet bowls after being in the house.

The Punch reports that to understand how entry through pipes and connecting pits happen, one can first look at the structure of the toilet bowl and how it connects to external features of the solid waste system of a building.

A Toilet Bowl Usually Has 3 Openings

The first and biggest opening is the rim or top of the bowl; it is the part through which wastes from humans (pee and poo) are released in the toilet bowl.

Snakes can get into the toilet bowl if they climb over the rim from the toilet floor below, or from an open or broken window above.

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The second one is a small opening located just behind and very close to the top of the toilet bowl.

Snakes can only get into this hole through the tank but this only happens if the cover of the tank is broken, not sitting properly or has been deliberately removed and the flush siphon is not in place.

The third and last opening is a 100mm (four inches) wide round opening on the back of the toilet, it opens directly into the big pipes that connect the building to the underground pits and tanks outside the building.

Most concealed reptiles found in the toilet bowl usually get into the toilet bowl using this last opening.

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How Can Snakes Get Into Toilet Bowls?

The pipe links the toilet to an inspection chamber, a box-like structure just outside the house, usually very close to the wall of the toilet, which in turn has pipes that link to the septic tank (or, and, soak-away pit,) and a vent pipe, that allows foul air to escape from the chamber and the septic tank/soak-away pit.

A snake can get into an opening on the connecting pipes, the inspection chamber, septic tank, soak-away pit (like a big crack on the cover slab) and conveniently make its way into the pipe that links the toilet bowl to these structures, then up, into the house.

The vent pipe is usually the weakest point when it is not properly covered or its cover falls off and is left unattended. Thus, snakes get into toilets.

‘To wash or wipe? Experts say washing may be better, more hygienic’ Directly go into open or broken pipes that link the toilet to external installations or

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Find breaks and openings of the external waste pits (inspection chambers, septic tank or soak-away pits) and find their way into the pipes that connect these pits to the house.

Make their way into the house and find and climb into the toilet bowl.

How Can One Stay Safe From Snake Bites In The Home?

1. Go With A Lamp

The first thing you should never do is, do not visit the toilet without a lamp.

2. Inspect The Toilet Bowl

Secondly, always inspect the toilet bowl and its surroundings before use

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3. Avoid Using Toilet Floor As Packing Space

You must ensure you do not use the toilet floor as packing space.

Keep it tidy such that it is easy to see at once whether it is clean and clear, or occupied by foreign bodies.

4. Inspect

Moreso, Inspect vent pipes, soak-away pits and inspection chambers, ceilings, roofs, walls, windows periodically for holes, breaks and loosed coverings.

Repair this as soon as they are noticed.

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5. Maintain A Hygienic Environment

Hire the right people to build, maintain or clean your home or shelter.

6. Cut grasses

Allow good and clear space between your building and surrounding structures such as fences and trees from which snakes can get into buildings.

7. Use repellants

Treat the spaces above the ceiling and below the building with snake repellents and other fumigants periodically.

The last but important step to take in staying safe is to take good care of your house so that it will take care of you.

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VIDEO: How I Started Block Industry Business In Nigeria With No Funds – CEO, Achievers Rowaf, Salau Ismail

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There is nothing impossible with determination. Mr. Salau Ismail who is the CEO of Achievers Rowaf block industry exhibited this as he started a successful block industry business with no funds.

On this edition of Hustle Story on Sauce TV, Mr. Ismail narrated his hustle hustle story from losing his father at a very young age to sponsoring himself through school before he became a successful entrepreneur in block industry business.

His story will sure teach you how to forget about impossibilities and embrace possibilities no matter the situation you find yourself.

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Over the years, Achiever Rowaf has now grown to become one of the best block industry company in Ogun State. They also deal with supply of granite, sharp sand, set sands, fill sands and lots more.

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5 Important Values To Long Lasting Relationship (WATCH VIDEO)

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It takes commitment to build a successful relationship.

There are countless life scenarios that might arise and put your partnership’s strength and unity to the test.

Having basic principles that are congruent will give you the strength and confidence you need to get past those stumbling blocks together.

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Therefore, what are relationships value? They are the guiding ideas that guide your actions; they are your personal perspectives about yourself, others, and the world.

The foundations of how you spend your life are your core principles. On this edition of Family Life With Adeola, we will be taking you through the core values of every relationships.

This values are what make your relationship stronger in the phase of any challenges that may come your way.

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How To Survive First Meeting With African In-Laws (WATCH VIDEO)

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The thought of meeting your in-laws for the first time might elicit fear in you.

A lot of questions will start popping up in your mind. What if they don’t like me? How can I appear as wife or husband material in front of my partner’s parent?

You will even think of what to wear and how to talk when you get there. First impression they say last longer, the first impression you create in front of your in-laws will determine how much they will value you.

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On this edition of Family Life With Adeola, you will get to learn the Dos and Don’ts of first time meeting with in-laws.

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Justin Bieber’s Ramsay Hunt Syndrome: All You Need To Know About The Facial Paralysis Sickness (VIDEO)

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After being diagnosed with a rare disease known as Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, Justin Bieber, the world-famous Canadian singer, has stated he is experiencing facial paralysis.

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is a shingles syndrome that arises when shingles strikes the facial nerve near one ear. It can induce hearing loss as well as facial paralysis.

Causes

Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox and shingles.

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The virus is thought to infect the facial nerve near the inner ear in persons who have this disease. The nerve becomes irritated and swells as a result of this.

Adults are the ones who are most affected. It’s only observed in children in a few situations.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include the following;

  • Ear discomfort that is unbearable
  • On the side with the damaged nerve, a painful rash appears on the eardrum, ear canal, earlobe, tongue, and roof of the mouth.
  • On one side, you have hearing loss.
  • The sensation of everything spinning is a strong one (vertigo)
  • Face droop and paralysis on one side, causing difficulties shutting one eye, chewing (food falls out of the weak corner of the mouth), forming expressions, and fine motions of the face, as well as facial droop and paralysis.

Recovery Chances

If the nerve hasn’t been severely damaged, you should be fully recovered in a few weeks. You may not totally heal if the injury is more severe, even after several months.

Overall, your chances of recovery are better if you begin treatment within three days of the onset of symptoms. When treatment is initiated within this time frame, the majority of patients recover completely.

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There is a lower risk of complete recovery if treatment is delayed for more than three days. Children are more likely than adults to make a full recovery.

Treatment

Steroids (such as prednisone) are commonly prescribed as strong anti-inflammatory medicines. Antiviral medications like acyclovir and valacyclovir may be prescribed.

If the pain persists despite the use of steroids, powerful medications may be required. Wear an eye patch while your face is weak to prevent harm to the cornea (corneal abrasion) and other eye damage if your eye does not close completely.

To keep their eyes from drying out, some people use a specific eye lubricant at night and artificial tears throughout the day.

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If you’re experiencing dizziness, your doctor may recommend different medications.

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