An inground swimming pool is a great way to have fun and cool off at your home. If you have a pool or are thinking about getting one, there are a few things you need to do to keep it clean. One of the most common things that will get in your pool is bugs. Bugs, for whatever reason, seem to end up in your pool more often than not. Rather than worrying about getting them out every time this happens, why not just prevent them from getting into your pool in the first place? In this article, we will discuss 15 tips for keeping bugs away from your pool.
1. Set out bug traps
One of the easiest ways to keep bugs away from your pool is to set out bug traps. Bug traps will be able to trap and kill the bugs. Bug traps work so well because they use a scent to attract the bugs to them. When the bugs land on the trap, they either get stuck, shocked, or poisoned. Overall, this is an effective method.
2. Use a bug misting system
A bug misting system is another option when it comes to fending off pests. A bug misting method works by shooting out a mist of bug repellent. Either it will do it upon sensing motion or it will do so in a timely manner. Either way, this may come in handy for keeping insects away from your pool.
3. Take care of the landscape
Taking care of the land surrounding the pool is another smart thing to do in order to keep bugs away from the areas. Having poor landscape such as tall grass and weeds makes it easier for bugs to breed and survive. Make sure to keep your grass mowed and your weeds controlled in order to prevent bugs.
4. Enclose the area with screening
An option for those who want the problem fixed for good is to enclose the pool area with a screen. For some people, other options will not work efficiently. Enclosing the area with screens is guaranteed to keep bugs out of your swimming pool.
5. Use patio curtains
If you do not want to pay for a screened area, patio curtains are another option. Patio curtains will partially enclose the area. Using this method along with some of the other things we discussed will help you keep your pool bug-free.
6. Use a pool cover
Make sure that you put a pool cover on your pool when you are not using it. This will make sure that bugs don’t wander into the pool. Another benefit of using a pool cover is that it slows down the process of evaporation and can save you money.
7. Get rid of water near your pool
Having a pond or any natural body of water near your pool area makes for a great breeding ground for bugs. Therefore, it will cause significantly more bugs to be around your pool area. Try to eliminate these bodies of water. If that is not something you want to do, check out the next tip.
8. Use larvicide
If you do not have the option of eliminating the natural bodies of water near your pool area, you can always use larvicide. Larvicide is a chemical in which you put into the pond or stream in order to kill off the larva of the bugs. Doing this is a great way to prevent the bugs from being born in the first place.
9. Burn scents
Special scents are designed to fend off bugs. Certain scents are unpleasant to bugs and can cause them to not come near the area. Try burning special bug scents near your pool in order to keep them away from your pool.
10. Set out bird houses
Setting out birdhouses near your pool area is a good way to prevent bugs from getting into the area. Birds do a good job of eating the bugs in the air. While you may think the birds would bother you while you are in the pool area, it is more likely for them to not come around while you are out. When you aren’t hanging out in the pool, they will eat the bugs.
11. Test your chlorine levels
Ideally, bugs that get into the pool will die. Now, you don’t want to have bugs in the pool at all, but if they do get in, you don’t want them getting out and possibly biting you. Testing your chlorine levels in the pool is a good way of ensuring that the water will kill them. Chlorine is a chemical which is used to kill bacteria and other things. If the levels are too low, bugs will be able to survive and bite you while you swim.
12. Have a campfire
Having a campfire while you hang out in the pool area is a good way to keep bugs away. The smoke produced from a fire is irritating to bugs. The simple act of installing a fireplace and burning some firewood is a cheap and effective way to fend off bugs.
13. Yellow lights
While some lights attract bugs, others can fend them off. Specifically, yellow lights are useful for preventing bugs from coming around. Yellow incandescent, CFL, or LED lights can prevent bugs from seeing and can make them not come nearby. Try it out if you are swimming in the night or evening.
14. Plant garlic, mint, or rosemary
As we discussed previously, certain scents can irritate and prevent bugs from coming nearby. Some plants including garlic, mint, and rosemary have a scent that is unpleasant to bugs. If you have some kind of garden area around your pool, consider planting one or more of these plants in order to generate a scent that will fend off bugs.
15. If all else fails, hire an expert
If it comes down to it, you may need to hire an expert. Depending on the circumstances of your pool setup, one or more of these tips may not work well for you. If you find that you are not able to efficiently fend off bugs using one of these methods, consider hiring an expert.
All in all, these tips work well for the majority of inground swimming pool owners. Having bugs in your pool is not something that you want to deal with. Not only do they look bad and require you to clean them out, they can bite you as well. Use these tips for keeping your pool bug-free.