Most places have the four regular seasons, but here in Florida, we have a few others. We have hurricane season from June 1 to November 30, we also have Snowbird season, from about October to May and alligator season. Let’s take a closer look at this and how this could affect your screened pool enclosure.
Alligator season is more accurately called alligator mating season because it is the search for a mate, and food, that takes alligators out of their regular habitat and in closer proximity to humans. When the weather turns warmer, from April to June, alligators start feeling their oats and start moving. They are looking for food, other alligators and a spot to rest before continuing. Additionally, juvenile alligators start moving to avoid becoming food for established adults. If you live near a river, pond or canal, your chance of an alligator encounter is raised.
This contact between humans and alligators can be dangerous. According to nbcnews.com, “The frequency of these serious bites is increasing at a rate of about 3 percent each year, or one additional bite every 4-5 years.” They also eat dogs and cats every year. More than one Florida resident will wake up in the morning and find an alligator who ended their night by taking a dip in their pool or resting on a porch. Last May, in the Tampa area, an alligator ended up in a pool and was removed by animal control experts. You may have noticed that the pool featured in the video above had a screen enclosure, so we can’t guarantee that our enclosures will keep out your alligators, because well, an alligator pretty much goes where it wants to, but it might slow it down, and it will certainly keep less determined animals out of your pool.
How To Keep Alligators out of your Pool
- A sturdy privacy fence around the perimeter of your yard can deter alligators from getting close to your screened enclosure, be it a pool enclosure or porch.
- Don’t leave your dog or cat on your screened porch. Alligators are very determined predators, and a screen isn’t going to keep them from a mid-morning snack if one is waiting for them behind a screen. When you leave the house, make sure your animals are behind closed doors.
- Keeping your pool covered when you are not using it is another way to discourage alligators from using your pool. This isn’t practical on a daily basis, but if you are gone for a week or so at a time, it might be a good idea.
- While you can’t always keep them out of your yard, you can protect your pets and kids from the danger they bring. Be sure to check your yard for gators before letting your dog or cat out.
- Never feed an alligator. You’d be surprised at how many people think they can play “The Crocodile Hunter” without any consequences. Alligators will return to a food source, so have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to feeding alligators.
In conclusion, even the highest quality screen pool enclosure will not keep out an alligator when it decides to come into it, but it will keep out smaller, less determined animals and insects, including disease-carrying mosquitos. Call Central Florida Screens.