Raccoons are pooping in my pool. Help!

by | Feb 4, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your day starts off like any other day. You get up, take a shower, get dressed and get the cafecito going. Wake up the kids for school. It’s dawn still and the sun is just coming up over the horizon and you decide to step into your backyard to enjoy a hot shot of espresso before the sticky Miami air becomes too unbearable and then you notice something at the far end of your pool. “What in the?” You confusingly murmur to yourself as you approach. “did somebody drop something by accident it can’t be what it looks like” you say to yourself becoming more and more nervous as you approach the object that is causing you such distress. Good God It can’t be what you think it is. Approaching the shallow end of the pool your worst nightmares are confirmed. Somebody or something has desecrated your beloved pool. You call out to your spouse. “Come outside Now!” “Look at this! Is that what I think it is?! Your ask hoping they will tell you they dropped leftover Halloween candy in there, but no that isn’t a tootsie roll. They confirm what you already know to be true. A animal has pooped in your pool. Quickly you pull out your phone and do a google search of the most likely culprit and find out that in Miami There really is only type of one four-legged creature that would pull off such a stunt …..a RACCOON!

     As shocking as feces in a pool may be it is actually quite a common problem in South Florida. It is also not a issue that can be fixed by just shocking the pool with chlorine. The problem is Baylisascaris. What is that you ask? Well Baylisascaris is a roundworm parasite that commonly infects raccoons. The parasite lays eggs in raccoon feces and if a pool has not been cleaned properly then a person can swallow the worms eggs and become severely ill. According to the CDC if you are not going to go through the hassle of draining and hosing down the entire pool then the only way to properly clean your pool is to filter the pool for a minimum of 24 hours and then backwash the pool filter. When you have finished with that put on disposable gloves to replace the material doing the filtering (if possible). Double bag the discarded material in plastic garbage bags. Remove gloves and thrown them away and then make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water once finished.

     So now onto the most important part, properly removing the raccoon(s)! That is where we come into play. Reliable Animal Removal are highly trained NWCO’s (Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators) and are professional trappers. We have extensive knowledge about raccoons habits and also some of there favorite treats that will get them safely and humanely trapped and removed from your property so you can get back to lounging in your pool with a nice mojito poop free! Contact our friendly staff at 786-712-5527  to get a free quote on raccoon removal now!