If you’re relaxing by the pool and thinking, oh man, it’s so peaceful and quiet, this article is not for you. If you’re sipping your cocktail or enjoying a cold beer but simply can’t ignore the buzzing noise or can’t deal with swarming mosquitoes all around your pool, read on!
What Attracts Mosquitoes to Our Pool?
Although a necessary part of our eco system, mosquitoes have always been nothing but a nuisance for pool owners. Is it our fault up to a certain point? Well, yes, it is.
Poor maintenance of pools is often the cause for breeding mosquitoes. A simple and obvious fact is that if your pool is unhygienic, you are actually begging mosquitoes to join the party.
Having stagnant water in a barrow, a fountain or in a fresh water pool somewhere in your yard not too far away near the pool doesn’t help either. Neither does the water which accumulates on top of your pool cover.
If your pool is busy with small insects and mosquitoes, you need to start thinking about how to keep mosquitoes away from the pool. If your pool is already infested with these annoying insects, it’s high time that you took steps to deal with mosquitoes once and for all.
Let’s check out what we can do to keep away mosquitoes away from your pool.
Prevent Mosquitoes From Breeding
Mosquitoes go through four stages of development: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs on the surface of still water. The eggs are constantly hatching and larvae are developing.
Other mosquitoes lay eggs on the ground or inside of the walls of crevices which are then flooded with water. Standing water which suddenly rises will cause eggs to hatch and the life cycle of a mosquito begins.
So, the larval and pupal stages begin in standing water and it only takes one week for the noisy pests to develop from an egg to a flying and biting adult. Sounds familiar?
Well, mosquitoes mate after emerging from the aquatic stages and females need blood to facilitate egg development. So there you go! We are their breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Swimming pools that are regularly disinfected and are used constantly are not ideal breeding grounds for mosquito larvae. So, you can prevent your pool from becoming a mosquito summer resort by taking a few simple steps:
- Keep your pool cover secured so that mosquitoes cannot get to the water underneath. Make sure there are no gaps, rips, and tears can serve as access points for insects.
- Water can accumulate on the top of your pool cover either from the rain accumulation or leaks in the cover material. The top of the cover should be drained regularly to prevent mosquito breeding, Do this whenever there’s water on top of the cover by using a pool cover pump.
- You can also use insecticides which are made especially for pools and ponds like mosquito dunks. These have been used by professionals and home owners for years. Mosquito dunks have proven their efficiency in fighting mosquitoes by killing the larvae before they mature into biting adults.
- If you don’t intend to use your ponds or fresh water pool any more, you can drain them, fill them out with soil or some decorative materials and find another creative way to repurpose the space.
- As for small fountains, birdbaths and wading pools which you don’t want to chlorinate, you should change the water at least once a week to get rid of mosquito larvae. Remember to sweep surfaces with a brush to knock off eggs before refilling the fountains.
- Above ground pools that you don’t intend to use again should be taken down and stored away after thorough cleaning and drying. Don’t leave an unused liner or cover outside because they might contain pockets of water which mosquitoes will gladly use for breeding.
How to Deal With Mosquitoes Once They Start Breeding
If notice that mosquitoes have started to breed in the water, there are steps you can take to get rid of them,
- Add mosquitoes dunk. These products (like we described in the prevention section above) can be used for every 10 square feet of water surface area. An above-ground pool may only need two or three. You should replace the dunks every 30 days while the pool is not in use. They float on the surface of the pool so you can use a small weight to keep them from drifting to the sides of the pool.
- Maintain the sanitizer levels in the pool. You should chlorinate your pool on a regular basis as recommended for your pool and size to keep your water clean.
- Run the filter. Programmable filter pumps can help you deal with mosquitoes by circulating the water in your pool for as little as two to three hours a day, if you aren’t using your pool. If you are, stick to the full 8-hour cycle. Since standing water is where mosquitoes lay their eggs, water circulation will prevent them from being able to hatch.
- Be sure to remove leaves and other debris which float on the surface of the water. These also create cozy places where the mosquitoes can hatch eggs and breed.
- Light candles with strong scent and place them around the pool area. Citronella candles, contrary to popular belief, are NOT a natural mosquito repellent in their own right. When you light any candle with strong scent, it will give off odor which is unpleasant for mosquitoes. Make sure that the candles pose no safety issues for you, your kids or pets.
- Mosquitoes like shade in order to escape the midday heat. This is why you should keep the hedges and bushes in the vicinity of your pool trimmed. Also, make sure to mow your yard at least once a week. Mow or till weedy spots to minimize shade and to keep these areas from becoming overgrown, mosquito inviting jungles. Ask your neighbors to do the same if you realize that their neglected lawn or hedges are the actual cause of your problem with mosquitoes.
Hopefully, if you follow some of our advice, your pool will be mosquito-free in no time! Good luck!