Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Mice in pool

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Sacramento
    Posts
    10

    Mice in pool

    What is the standard protocol when you find mice in the pool?

    Boost for 24 hours with the chlorinator? or just maintain it at a higher level (generally we are around 5 of higher)

    We have acres of open ground around our pool and for the past few weeks we will find 2-8 mice in the filter in the morning - looking for water I guess. Any thoughts on how to control this?

    Thanks

    David
    14,500 Gallon, Pebble Sheen, Spa – Jandy inteliflow, Jandy filter, Jandy Heater (Gas) Haywood Color logic 4.5 x 3 - Novice but spending freely

  2. Back To Top    #2
    kenmar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Schnecksville, PA
    Posts
    288

    Re: Mice in pool

    I find a mouse, mole, or vole in my skimmer every other day or so.
    I also am surrounded by acres of farmland.
    I just get a net, fish them out and toss them into the field.

    I test my water daily, and as long as my numbers are good, I do nothing else.

    Note that these animals have been dead for a few hours (at most.)
    If I found a rotting animal that had been in my pool for more then a day, I would shock.
    20'x40' / 30,000 Gal / In Ground / Vinyl
    Pentair FNS 48 DE Filter / Pentair Challenger 1.5 HP Pump
    Jandy Lite2 400k BTU Propane Heater / Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
    TF-100 Test Kit / BBB
    Creator of SimplePool (BBB Friendly Android App) http://www.simplepool.net

  3. Back To Top    #3
    FinsUp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    68

    Re: Mice in pool

    Like Kenmar, we too are surrounded by acres of farmland, as well as a couple of ponds. Rodents in the pool hasn't been a major issue for us (although we did rescue a mole that was taking an early morning dip the other day) but we do get a lot of frogs & toads. We've had a nice spell of hot weather around here of late and so we've left the solar cover off the pool the last few nights. The other morning, after some overnight rain showers, my wife and son fished 47 dead and 6 live amphibians out of the pool. Never thought twice about taking a dip immediately following.

    If you're still concerned about it though, maybe you could start putting out some pans of water for the mice, and tell all your guests to pretend the pool is Mexico...Don't Drink the Water!!!
    32.6K Gallon 16x41x24 L-Shape Vinyl Inground by Fort Wayne Pools
    DE Filter, 1HP Pump, Sta-Rite 400,000 Btu Propane Heater, Pentair IC40 SWG
    One Wife - Three Kids - Two Dogs

  4. Back To Top    #4
    Ohm_Boy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Posts
    1,344

    Re: Mice in pool

    The purpose of the chlorine is to sanitize. When any critter goes swimming, whether mice or neighborhood kids, they're apt to bring some bacteria or other nasties with them. We want to maintain a high enough level of effective chlorine to insure a fast kill time so as to avoid person-to-person transmission of anything. Or mouse-to-person. As long as the chlorine level is good, and you don't have parasites like cryptosporidium (common in diarrhea/fecal incidents), the kill time should be quick enough to handle it. If you have a major incident, or find something rotting, as mentioned before, you will want to shock and allow time to work.
    Just a mouse, or a squirrel, or maybe even a possum, if they have not been in for days, should be ok.

    Naturally, if any incident makes your spouse nervous, you should shock.
    [center:1kpalu48]Helpful Links: Pool School | CYA/Chlorine Chart | Pool Calculator[/center:1kpalu48]

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Sacramento
    Posts
    10

    Re: Mice in pool

    Thanks guys - the girls really did not want to swim anymore - the boy have been just fine - now it is all ours
    14,500 Gallon, Pebble Sheen, Spa – Jandy inteliflow, Jandy filter, Jandy Heater (Gas) Haywood Color logic 4.5 x 3 - Novice but spending freely

  6. Back To Top    #6
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

  7. Back To Top    #7
    Melt In The Sun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    3,899

    Re: Mice in pool

    I get very little debris, so don't check my skimmer basket as often as I should When I find a mouse or chipmunk in there, I just check for CCs. Never have had any; but it takes a half hour or so for the stench to dissipate enough.
    11,200 gal, Pebble-Tec; Tristar 2-speed 1hp - Swimclear 325 ft2 cart - SWG - A & A in-floor cleaner - Heat pump. For the poolside cooking, a Yoder Wichita and a Big Steel Keg!
    TF Test Kits -- PoolMath -- Pool School
    Make each day your masterpiece. - John Wooden

  8. Back To Top    #8

    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Central Massachusetts
    Posts
    2,690

    Re: Mice in pool

    Skim it out, jump in. I had a mouse on the bottom on saturday
    14,000 gallon IG, Vinyl. Hayward 3/4 hp superpump, Penatair IC40 SWCG, Pentair automation, Hayward sand filter, Aqua Comfort heat pump, Hayward 400k Lo-Nox LP heater.

  9. Back To Top    #9
    Melt In The Sun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    3,899

    Re: Mice in pool

    Mouse on the bottom, huh? That would be a gross thing to step on. Our mice and chipmunks always float, but the snakes, lizards, scorpions, and spiders all sink. I have to search the whole pool with a dive mask before my wife will get in past the first step
    11,200 gal, Pebble-Tec; Tristar 2-speed 1hp - Swimclear 325 ft2 cart - SWG - A & A in-floor cleaner - Heat pump. For the poolside cooking, a Yoder Wichita and a Big Steel Keg!
    TF Test Kits -- PoolMath -- Pool School
    Make each day your masterpiece. - John Wooden

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •