How to Keep Unwelcome Pool Guests Out

Last month, a thirteen foot python was found in a Miami residential swimming pool. Occidentally, both wild and domestic animals find their way into swimming pools and pose a problem to both owners and swimmers. The Burmese python was spotted curled up in the corner of the pool and owner Suladie Miranda called 911. The…

Last month, a thirteen foot python was found in a Miami residential swimming pool. Occidentally, both wild and domestic animals find their way into swimming pools and pose a problem to both owners and swimmers.

The Burmese python was spotted curled up in the corner of the pool and owner Suladie Miranda called 911. The snake was removed by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom Unit. These snakes are native to the Everglades and can eat animals as big as alligators and deer. However, investigators guessed that this python in particular 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 few reasons. First, what if the pool owners had jumped into the pool without surveying it? Relative to other snakes, pythons are docile, but they can be aggressive feeders. 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 residential and commercial pools. Before getting into the pool, scan it to make sure that no unwelcome guests have come for a visit. Check the filter, too, where smaller animals can end up.

A few years ago, a neighbor's pet buffalo was found wading in a Georgia man's swimming pool. Other non-predatory animals often accidently fall into the pool, like raccoons and opossums, and sometimes drown. These animals, at times, can be dangerous, but the other issue is contamination. These unique accidents can upset the sanitation in ways that the average pool owner does not know how to fix.

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

The question is, how can you prevent situations like these? One answer is a pool cover and gate. However, in the case of the Georgian buffalo, the animal broke through the cover, and, as seen in the New Port Richie alligator pool invader last April, they can get through enclosures, too.

Another solution is a pool alarm. Pool alerts monitor the pool's surface for disruptions. That means an alarm will sound anytime animals 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 entering the pool but for unsupervised children and unwelcome adults, too.