Keeping Critters out of Your Pool

Even if you live in a fairly densely populated suburban area, chances are you still have a few four-legged neighbors lurking around your property. Small mammals like groundhogs, skunks and squirrels all take up residence in close proximity to human populations, and occasionally they even go for a dip in our swimming pools. Usually these dips are accidental, and they don’t always end well for the animal in question.

As a pool owner, the last thing you want is to wake up in the morning to the sight of a drowned possum in the deep end. If you have pets around the house, you have an added reason to keep animals clear of the pool. Of course your fence will always be your first line of defense against intruding animals, but sometimes it takes a little something extra to keep them at bay. Today we’ll take a look at a few ways to animal-proof your pool.

Pool Alarms

These alert systems detect when an object enters the pool and sound an alarm to let you know. They’re inexpensive and easy to install, and work well as long as you’re within the vicinity of your pool. A pool alarm is also a great safety accessory if you have small children.

Flashing Infrared Lights

These pest deterrents are another inexpensive, easy to install option that will make wandering critters think twice about coming near your pool after dark. Flashing infrared lights will frighten most animals away, but are invisible to human eyes. The only drawback is that they won’t do much good during daylight hours.


If an animal falls in your pool, it will probably have trouble getting out by climbing over the edge. Fortunately, there are a number of companies that make ramps specifically designed to help animals get out of pools. This way, if a pet or wild animal does fall in your pool, it will be able to make a quick, safe escape.


A homemade solution of cayenne pepper and water can act as an effective, natural deterrent to pests. Simply mix the solution in a spray bottle and apply it around the perimeter of your lawn to keep critters away. If you’re not interested in making your own, there are a plenty of store-bought options available as well.

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