Several animals find pleasure in the sound and splashing water from backyard swimming pools. This is especially true after a good rain or when sprinklers run. The pool creates an environment that attracts these wild creatures, who usually come to drink.
But what to do in case of a problem with wildlife in the pool and how to clean the pool water afterward?
In this article, I’ll tell you what species of animals most often visit your pool and how to clean the water if an animal has drowned in it.
Which animals are attracted to your swimming pool?
Most pool owners would think that a pool would only attract the more common and harmless creatures, such as raccoons and squirrels.
However, there are also those wild visitors that can cause much damage to your home and yard if they find their way into your pool.
But what animals are attracted to swimming pools in general?
- Rodents: Rodents, raccoon, or squirrel, can find their way into your pool by falling into it. Once in the water, they will be trapped and unable to escape. They may drown or die of starvation if they are not discovered quickly enough.
- Amphibians: Frogs and other amphibians love the sound and feel of a pool. It is just like a jackpot for them, and they want to get as close as they can to it. They will often try to jump into your pool if they find themselves too close or if an object blocks their path.
- Insects: Insects are magically attracted to water. Insects, such as bees or wasps, may sting swimmers in your pool if they get too close to them while they are drinking from it. Winged insects, like mosquitoes, will also swarm around pools during dusk hours when it is time for them to find their next blood meal. And where there are insects, frogs are not far away.
- Birds: Birds also need to drink water, and that’s where your pool comes in handy. It happens that birds fall into your pool. Once in the water, they are unable to escape. It gets gross when geese or ducks swim in the pool and leave poop.
- Reptiles: Snakes and other reptiles find the water and warmth from a pool very appealing as well. The most dangerous visitors are reptiles, such as alligators who have been found swimming in pools in Florida or snapping turtles that are known to be aggressive.
The animals attracted to your pool are often most active during the night. So it is best to keep an eye on any noise coming from your swimming pool around dusk.
If you suspect big wild visitors in your pool, you should call a professional for help removing them.
In some cases, these wild animals can potentially cause major damage to your pool, yard, and house if they are not removed quickly from the property.
These animals also pose a potential hazard as some related species may be poisonous or carry rabies.
How to clean the pool after removing a dead animal?
Often the animals come to drink in the pool and disappear again on their own if a suitable exit aid is available.
But what should be done if the animals do not manage to get out and drown in the pool water?
Because animals bring many diseases and dirt into the pool, it is necessary to clean the pool.
- First, close your skimmer baskets to prevent dirt from reaching the pump.
- Afterward, you should use the pool net to remove the carcass from the pool! Also, remove any other remains such as poop or other scraps from the animal.
- Start your pool pump and use a pool shock to kill any bacteria that may still be in the pool.
- I also recommend using a pool flocculant to improve the filtration.
- Then you can use a normal pool vacuum to clean the bottom of the pool.
- Place a chlorine tablet in the skimmer to produce free chlorine.
- To complete the work, you should balance your pool’s water chemistry (pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness).
After 24 hours, your pool should be clean, and swimming is possible again.
But, before you jump back into the pool, test the chlorine level and see if it is below 1.5 ppm.
Info: It is not enough to remove the dead animal from the pool and then swim in the pool again. Go through the cleaning process before you use the pool.
How to keep wildlife out of the pool?
You may not even know you have a problem until much later when you notice your pool is losing an excessive amount of water. Or maybe you will come home to find that one of these large visitors has fallen into your pool.
I heard many occasions where people have found their pool being used by bears, moose, and other larger creatures looking for a place to drink.
When this happens, it is usually during the summer months when little or no water is available in natural sources, and the animals begin to look for other sources.
This is one of those situations where ignorance is not bliss; it can be downright dangerous! So, read on as I will give you a few tips for avoiding the dangers of these wild visitors.
The best way to deal with these situations is to take precautions before they happen.
Try to keep your pool covered, especially if it is not used.
The cover will help prevent direct access to the water. It also reduces evaporation and chemical loss caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV).
If you cannot cover your pool, then at least try to keep it as close to normal water level as possible.
Check around your house and property for ways that animals might use. It also may be a good idea to place some barriers around the pool’s perimeter.
You may not be able to stop thirsty animals from entering your yard, but you should be able to prevent them from using your pool as a water hole. This is where keeping the water levels down will help.
Bear problems are especially troublesome as they can be very persistent and destructive when getting at the water.
What to do when you see a live rat in the swimming pool?
When you see a live rat or another animal in the swimming pool, you must remove it immediately.
First of all, when you notice a rat in the pool – do not scream or wave with your hands. This may scare the animal and make it attack you.
It would be best if you remained calm at all times.
You can catch the animal with a long-handled net to remove it from the pool.
There are also special nets that should be used for this purpose.
After that, you should close the pool for thorough pool cleaning. The removed animal may carry unpleasant diseases that can be dangerous for other bathers.
In some cases, you may need to call pest control services to remove the animal safely and efficiently.
Do you have further questions about wildlife in your pool?
The best way to contact me is @contactswimfool on Twitter or Pinterest. I am happy to help you.
Have fun swimming!