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Dealing with Unwanted Pool Visitors

If you own a swimming pool, you may occasionally have unwanted visitors like snakes, lizards, frogs, toads and mice. They may turn up in the swimming pool or the skimmer basket. How can you deal with these visitors and how can you prevent them from visiting in the future? The good news is that most dead animals don’t pose any health risks to people. The pool chemicals take care of any germs from the animal.

little mouseIn some areas, people have a problem with a variety of animals drowning in their pools such as frogs, toads, chipmunks, moles, mice and sometimes even skunks. There are techniques for helping these animals get out of the pool alive. You can purchase skimmer covers that have a ramp which helps animals like frogs crawl out of the pool. It won’t save every animal but it may help cut down on drowned animals in the pool.

If you check your swimming pool daily, any dead animal you find has likely only been dead for a few hours. In that case, if your pool chemicals are in balance, you can simply remove the animal. However, if there is a rotting dead animal in the pool, you should shock the pool to kill any bacteria. If you’re concerned, call your local swimming pool company for advice.

There are some animals that pose risks if you find them in the swimming pool. Dead raccoons can be dangerous. They may be infected with a dangerous worm which could spread to swimmers and in rare cases, can cause serious illness. If you find a dead raccoon in the pool, remove the animal using disposable gloves and double bag the dead animal in garbage bags. Then, contact your local Animal Control to test the raccoon. You can check with the Center for Disease Control for instructions on how to clean the pool if the worm is present.

In some areas, you may find a live snake in your pool. If this happens, you can call animal control or a snake removal service to deal with the snake. If you’re experienced with snakes and know the snake type, you can attempt it yourself, but don’t hesitate to call an expert.