This morning I sent the boys to school alone while hubby decided to stay back at home to do some preparation for an early meeting. Half an hour after that, while I was still in the school compound, I suddenly received a call from my very worry hubby telling that there is a 2-feet-long black snake, in our living hall, hiding below QQ’s school back pack. He said he dare not go anywhere but will be standing there to watch the snake (in case it went away and hide elsewhere) so I have to come home quickly to assist.
I was really worry, but I know wise and calm hubby would surely settle it before I got home. True enough, he chased out the snake (with a broom, *faint*) and was already mopping the floor, checking elsewhere, and lastly wipe clean QQ’s schoolbag. He ended up very late and he missed his meeting.
And since snakes are often sighted outside our house area (we lives near a jungle, really!), I just had to google for some info on how to handle snakes.
- If you happen to come across a snake in your house, the first thing to do is to resist the urge to attack it with a broom or stick - oh dear, hubby just did this !
- Sometimes the snake will be on a floor surface. If so, the best thing to do is to place an object over it like a heavy blanket. The snake should immediately calm down and will feel secure if it can not see what is going on outside the blanket. Placing heavy objects around the edge will prevent the snake from slipping out from underneath it and going elsewhere. This will buy you some time to get help - err….i guess quickest way is to use a floor mat ?
- The next thing to do is call Animal Control and get them to send an expert to collect the snake. Usually they will catch and release it far from human habitat -in our country, I suppose we should call Bomba
- If the snake is found in a drawer or somewhere difficult to access, leave it alone; move all family members away from the immediate area and, most of all, do not attempt to interact with it at all -again, we should call our Bomba
- If you come across a venomous snake in the garden: get everyone away from it. Do not attempt to kill it. Most illegitimate bites happen when people try to kill a venomous snake. Call a professional rescue organization to relocate the snake away from human habitation. Other tactics include spraying it from a distance with a high-pressure hose or opening sprinklers. This will persuade the snake to leave the area - I guess we would not be able to identify if the snake is venomous so it is safer to leave it to Bomba ya…
- Next, find out why the snake came to your area.
- Do you keep rodents or birds? -No, but my neighbour, who has great love for nature has got three bird nests on her tree!
- Aanimals like chipmunks and squirrels are common -unfortunately we have plenty around
- Mice - thank God we have not spotted any in our neighbour
8. A mouse can easily get through a hole the size of a pencil. Make sure there are no holes in your walls. Fill them immediately. High-pitched sound devices are now becoming a popular way to discourage vermin from entering homes; evidence shows some positive results. Having such a device installed might be a good idea. Remember, snakes always follow their food source.
*** Hubby came home very early and seal every single hole near the entrance today. I was still joking that maybe a snake pays a visit to us, trying to let us know we should try for a snake baby. Well, maybe making one in snake year, but too late to be born as a snake baby, hehe…..