What's pooping in my pool?

MVFM

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Looks like rat or squirrel poop to me.

I tried "Repels-All" around the perimeter, which may have helped for 1 day, but after a rain seems they're at it again.
I tried setting up a blink camera, but it didn't trigger a video capture. May need to adjust sensitivity settings.


Any suggestions?
I wanted to avoid putting down "spike strips", as they seem like a hassle to place/remove at each use - but not entirely against it if nothing else works.
 

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homegameroom

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Gecko/lizard poop usually have white ends on their little, um, calling cards; that is a telltale sign for them. The middle picture looks like they are doing it in the pool, which I hope is not the case!
 

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no idea but I would not use a shotgun around the pool :laughblue::drown:
 

MVFM

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- Not ducks. I had ducks back in May, daily visitors until I chased them away a few times. Duck poop is very different, much larger. Pics below for comparison.

- Yes, it's in the pool, by the steps entering in the pool, and near a 'bench' on the shallow end.
 

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Looks like mouse poop to me. It seems odd that they would be pooping in the water, but I would be tempted to put a mouse trap out and see what happens.
 
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Can confirm not lizard. I have a lot of lizards and they don't do that. They poop on my deck, white end. I'd start trapping. Mouse traps plus rat traps. They're pretty cheap. Try different treats each night. Be sure to tie the traps to something with a light line or rope, as animals can get snagged and then walk off with the trap. Tie them such that they can't get into the pool. If that works, it won't be pretty, but at least it'll help identify the culprit.

Edit: JJ beat me, we were typing at the same time!
 

MVFM

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I'll pick up some traps today. I was against the idea initially thinking that baiting the traps would lure mice into my yard whether I had them or not, and didn't really want to deal with cleaning up dead rats.
 

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The trap is the "rat handle." Cut the line, just grab the remaining line or the trap, all goes in the trash. Buy new trap.
 

markayash

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Looks like rat or squirrel poop to me.

I tried "Repels-All" around the perimeter, which may have helped for 1 day, but after a rain seems they're at it again.
I tried setting up a blink camera, but it didn't trigger a video capture. May need to adjust sensitivity settings.


Any suggestions?
I wanted to avoid putting down "spike strips", as they seem like a hassle to place/remove at each use - but not entirely against it if nothing else works.

Are there Tree's above you? Several folks have posted about caterpillar poop
 
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Considering the size of the scat in relation to your grout line. It's something big. Rat or tree rat.

What's above?

Edit: Never mind, I missed understood your post. I vote its mice
 

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Not 100% sure on size but my guess would be rats over squirrels. Is there poop on the deck and in the pool? I suppose if the pool is downwind it could blow in. Rats would be able to crawl out of the pool. Mice prob not. I'd want to know if they are late night swimming but that seems to be a decent amount in one place, not a single animal I'd guess. Edit - Ok good point by @Lineman7 they are likely above on branches if there are trees above.
 

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dachshunds are mouse and rat and squirrels and you name it rodent killers :) They DO NOT like cold but they love sun bathing in 100 degree back yard
 
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Yah, but then how do you keep the dachshunds from pooping in the yard!?! 😜
 
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the yard LOL, you mean the house... :shock:
 
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