Little is better at the end of a long, hot day than taking a dip in your backyard swimming pool. Everybody loves pools—moms, dads, kids, teens, even dogs. The problem is that there are other things that like your pool as well: Mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are one of the world’s most notorious pests, and unfortunately, large, open sources of water are where they often congregate. Here is why your pool is a paradise for mosquitoes and some ways to keep them out of your backyard.
Why Mosquitoes Love Pools
Usually, when we come into contact with these insects it’s when we’re swatting them away from our fruit salads, however, mosquitoes are actually only in the air for a small percentage of their lives. Mosquito eggs are laid in water, they hatch in water, and mature into adulthood in water, only emerging into the air to make our lives miserable for the last part of their lives. And since pools are the largest bodies of water available to them in suburban areas, you can bet it’s where they’re likely to hang around.
How to Prevent Mosquitoes From Reproducing in Your Pool
Considering what we just discussed, it may seem impossible to protect your pool from mosquitoes, though, there are a number of things you can do. Their kryptonite is moving water. These pests can only lay their eggs in water that is standing still, so if your pool has a filter, then keep it running as often as you can, and if you have any kind of fountain or sprinkler in your pool, that’ll definitely help as well. Anything you can do to get the water moving. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to get a solar pool cover. Not only will these help you send heat into your pool while preventing the water from evaporating out, but you’ll greatly reduce the surface area where mosquitoes would otherwise be able to lay eggs.
Other places these pests may be able to lay eggs are bird baths, kiddie pools and puddles, so replace the water in those first two once a week, and try not to overwater your lawn.
You don’t need to hire armed guards to keep mosquitoes out of your backyard. Just follow these tips and they’ll be out of your pool and your hair. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Action Pest & Turf today.