How to Keep Rodents Out of Your Hot Tub

Winter is in full swing, and that means animals such as mice, rats opossums, and other rodents are looking for a warm place to shelter. You certainly don’t want that to be in your hot tub or surrounding cabinet area!

This is a problem you want to attend to quickly and swiftly because it can get out of hand in short order.

Here’s how to keep rodents out of your hot tub this winter.

Why the Hot Tub

Rodents love to shelter in your hot tub equipment bay because the pumps and heaters generate a warm, cozy and inviting atmosphere for mice and rates.

The problem is that once rodents set up residence in your hot tub, you end up with big issues such as ruined plumbing, wiring, insulation and equipment.

Making matters worse, your new boarders need a place to use the bathroom which also just so happens to be your hot tub. This is a definite health hazard for human soakers.

How to Remedy the Problem

You can rest assured that if you have a Hot Spring Spa, your equipment bay (on most models) provides a barrier to rodents. If you don’t own a Hot Spring Spa, you may have gaps in the exterior of your hot tub that allows rodents inside.

If this is the case, you might want to use wire mesh to seal your openings. Do be careful, though. You don’t want to seal up any of your hot tub with a material that isn’t porous.

The excess heat from your hot tub equipment needs a way to escape.

If Nothing Works

Sometimes what you think you saw – one mouse or rat – is actually an entire family of children, aunts and uncles. If this is the case, and your problem is severe, do call an exterminator.

Rodent feces is a health hazard as are the “cute critters,” so if you have a lot, stay safe and call an expert to take care of the problem.

Once the infestation is under control, and the area is sanitized, contact our service team so we can check out your equipment.


One of the best ways to prevent an infestation is to use your hot tub regularly. This discourages rodents because they don’t want to be where you are.

To keep rodents out of your hot tub, take these preventative steps:

  • Don’t leave food or drink around outside your hot tub.
  • Inspect your hot tub regularly for gaps or cracks. Remember that rodents get move through very tiny openings, so make sure your cabinet is sealed tight.
  • Look over your cover. Ensure that it is indeed on tightly.
  • Keep your water properly maintained.

If you discover pests around your hot tub, first try and solve the problem. If you can’t, be sure to call an expert in pest removal. We’re also here, so give us a call, and we’d be glad to walk you through some solutions.