What happen if a small animal get vaccumed

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If you're a swimming pool owner, chances are you've had the unfortunate experience of dealing with small animals or insects that accidentally find their way into your water. You might not think much of them but they can be quite pesky to get out and could potentially cause damage to your pool's filtration system. 

What happens if you vacuum up a small animal in the pool?

Vacuuming a small animal from a pool sounds like an accident that could happen to anyone, and it probably has happened before. Depending on the size of the animal and the power of your vacuum, you may end up with it stranded in the middle of your filter hoses or worse yet sucked into the pump where it can't escape. 

Even if you manage to save it unscathed, chances are there will be a lot of debris stuck in your vacuum head afterward. Not something you should expect when cleaning your pool!

Why are animals scared of pool vacuums?

It's the age-old question everyone wonders – why are animals so scared of pool vacuums? Most of us have seen a curious critter come across a moving vacuum cleaner in the pool and immediately go running. 

While it might seem puzzling, there are a few different explanations for why animals respond this way. For starters, the loud noise created by a pool vacuum can startle them, as it likely sounds foreign and has a piercing volume to their sensitive ears. 

The movement from the machine could also be perceived as predatory behavior from an unknown force. Paired with these factors is that most animals have never encountered this type of device before, creating an unfamiliar environment that is enough to make some flee in fear. All in all, it's understandable why creatures may not be too keen on meeting up close with a pool vacuum – it's just basic instinct!

Can insects survive in a pool vacuum?

Many people think that the pool vacuum might be a death trap for most bugs and insects, but in actuality, they can survive just fine. In many cases, the water pressure is not strong enough to hurt the bugs so they remain unscathed after going through the hose of a vacuum. 

Furthermore, if an insect is caught in some of the strainer baskets located on most vacuums, they often escape due to its small size and ability to wriggle out of tight situations. While there may seem like it’s curtains for some bugs that end up in your pool vacuum, more often than not it can be a voyage of discovery when they make it back out into the larger world!

Are frogs afraid of pool vacuums?

It's easy to imagine that frogs would be afraid of a pool vacuum- the sound, size, and speed of it could be quite intimidating! And if you think about how fragile they are – it's hard to imagine them wanting to get too close! 

But contrary to popular belief, frogs feel relatively at ease around the pool vacuum. They will usually hang out near the filter until somebody switches on the vacuum – and then they traditionally simply hop away but don't display any signs of fear. So even though in movies and books you might see something different – in reality, frogs aren't necessarily scared of the pool vacuuming process!

How do I clean my pool after a dead animal?

Cleaning a pool after the unfortunate event of a dead animal can be tedious, but it doesn't have to be a baffling task. First, scoop out any visible items using a net, such as a fur and feathers. 

Once you've removed any solid waste, you'll need to shock your pool with extra chlorine or a more concentrated pool sanitizer to kill off bacteria. This will help prevent any germs or diseases from spreading due to decomposition. To speed up the process and reduce odor, many people like to add an enzyme cleaner along with the shock treatment for good measure.

Finally, backwash your filter system to ensure it's working at maximum efficiency and your pool is free from any dead animal residue or odor-causing bacteria. With these steps, you should be safe and able to enjoy your clean pool soon!

Is pool water bad for animals?

Swimming in pools is a summertime favorite, but sharing the water with our furry family members may not be the best idea. Residual chlorine and other pool chemicals can damage your pet's coat and skin to cause severe irritation. 

Additionally, many animals are consumed by curiosity or a desire to explore their environment, so getting stuck in an unfamiliar body of water without knowing how to get out may lead to potentially life-threatening scenarios. 

Therefore, while letting your pup cool off can be tempting on those hot summer days, it's best to keep them away from the pool and opt for more animal-friendly alternatives such as wading pools and ponds!


From our discussion, we can see the dangers of vacuuming small animals. The physical and psychological impact that this situation can have on a pet's life is immense. The best way to avoid disaster is to always be aware of nearby vacuums and small creatures, especially when children are involved who may not understand the risks.

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Elijah Brook

Elijah Brook

After installing my pool I discovered that keeping it clean (and safe for my 2 kids) is not something as trivial as sweeping the floor.
I went deep into this myself and I'll share my knowledge with you so that you can start with a clean pool.

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After installing my pool I discovered that keeping it clean (and safe for my 2 kids) is not something as trivial as sweeping the floor.
I went deep into this myself and I’ll share my knowledge with you so that you can start with a clean pool.

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