Keep your pool critter free

Sometimes, both wild and domestic creatures find their way to swimming pools and pose a difficulty to both owners and swimmers.

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The Burmese python was spotted curled up in the corner of the pool and owner Suladie Miranda called 911. The snake was eliminated by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom Unit. However, investigators guessed that this python particularly could have been an escaped exotic pet, meaning that this situation is possible anywhere that pets are kept.

In other words-everywhere.

This is dangerous for a couple reasons. First, what if the pool owners had jumped into the pool without surveying it? This threat is real for all types of predatory animals. Alligators and semi-aquatic snakes like cottonmouths and pythons can at times be found in commercial and residential pools. Before getting into the pool, scan it to be certain no unwelcome guests have come for a visit. Check the filter, too, where smaller animals may wind up.

A few years ago, a neighbor’s pet buffalo was found wading in a Georgia man’s swimming pool. Other non-predatory creatures often accidentally fall into the pool, like raccoons and opossums, and sometimes drown. These animals, occasionally, can be harmful, but the other issue is contamination. These unique cases can upset the sanitation in a sense that the average pool owner does not know how to repair.

If you find an animal in your pool, call the local authorities or animal control. Attempting to fish it out yourself, even if it is dead, can be risky.

The question is, how can you prevent situations like these? 1 response is a pool cover and gate. However, in the event of the Georgian buffalo, the creature broke through the cover, and, as seen from the New Port Richie alligator pool invader last April, they could undergo enclosures, also.

Another solution is a pool alarm. Pool alarms track the pool’s surface for disruptions. That means an alarm will sound anytime creatures enter the pool. This way, you’ll have the opportunity to get the animal removed before the pool gets contaminated even worse or before the animal becomes a safety hazard. A pool alarm and other swimming pool supplies can help prevent situations such as these.

The alarm is not only good for preventing animals going into the pool but for unsupervised children and unwanted adults, too.