For homeowners, it’s good to know that raccoons have a special affinity for water — and your pool might be just the spot they’re looking for. Raccoons are pretty clever and adaptable creatures. They’re known to take a dip in pools to cool off, especially during the hot Memphis summers.
But that’s not all—they also like to use water to clean their food before munching on it. Yep, they’re quite the clean eaters! So, if you have a pool, don’t be surprised if you spot raccoons taking a swim or even dunking their snacks in there.
While it might be amusing to watch, it’s a good idea to discourage raccoons from making your pool their personal spa and dining area. You can do this by ensuring your pool area is secure and maybe even installing some deterrents to keep these water-loving critters at bay.
It’s important to be aware that raccoons might not just use your swimming pool for a leisurely dip — they can also turn it into a restroom. Raccoons have a unique habit of defecating in water, like your pool, as a way to hide their scent from potential predators.
While this behavior might seem like a survival tactic for them, it creates a highly unsanitary and hazardous situation for you and your family. Raccoon feces contains harmful bacteria and parasites, posing health risks if you or your loved ones come into contact with contaminated water.
To maintain a safe and clean swimming environment, it’s essential to take measures to deter raccoons from frequenting your pool area. Installing proper fencing and using raccoon deterrents can help prevent these unwanted visitors and maintain the cleanliness and safety of your pool.
It’s critical to understand the potential health risks associated with raccoons using your pool. Raccoons carry a range of diseases and parasites that can make you and your family seriously ill. Some of these nasties include raccoon roundworm, leptospirosis, and even rabies. Raccoon roundworm, found in their feces, can cause severe neurological problems if ingested. Leptospirosis, also present in their urine, can lead to flu-like symptoms and, in some cases, more severe complications. Perhaps the most concerning is rabies, a fatal viral disease that can be transmitted through bites or scratches from infected raccoons.
When raccoons use your pool as a restroom, they can introduce these pathogens and parasites into the water, posing a significant health hazard. To protect yourself and your family, it’s crucial to prevent raccoons from accessing your pool area.
It may seem sometimes like Memphis has raccoons everywhere you look, but that doesn’t mean they need to be pooping in your swimming pool!
If you have had enough of these cute but destructive little bandits leaving filth and disease in your pool, then call Apex Wildlife Control today for a FREE quote on humanely trapping and relocating your problem raccoons. Remember, raccoons are much happier and healthier in the wild!
If raccoons have invaded your home, we will inspect your home and give you a detailed report along with photos of where the raccoons are getting in, along with our recommendations for sealing up any entry points.
We also perform wildlife trapping in Memphis TN for rats, mice, moles,
skunks, squirrels, opossums, voles, armadillos and much more.
So if you have some little visitors you need evicted from your home or property,
give Apex Wildlife Control a call today.
We are here to help!