Tips to Keep Your Pool and Yard Mosquito-Free
Mosquitos aren’t just a nuisance; these pesky little bloodsuckers can also carry diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika.
Moreover, there is more bad news. Mosquitos love water and humid places, spending three out of their four life-stages in water. So, if you own a pool, your pool area is their ideal breeding and feeding ground. Keeping your pool and yard mosquito-free should be a priority for the health of your family.
Here are some simple ways for you to minimize mosquito populations and protect yourself and your family from their bites.
1. Get Rid of Any Stagnant Water
Rule number one to your pool and yard mosquito-free is getting rid of their breeding grounds. Mosquitos don’t need large amounts of water to lay their eggs, something as small as a bottle cap could turn into a breeding ground.
It would be best if you inspected your yard for any possible stagnant water. Remove toys and buckets that could hold water.
2. Use Natural Repellents
Seek advice from mother nature to keep your pool and yard mosquito-free. Some plants have built-in defense mechanisms to protect them from predators. Citronella is one of them; the scent and essential oil produced by the plant is a natural repellent for mosquitos. If you can’t have a plant in your yard, you can use citronella candles instead.
3. Apply Repellent When You Are Outdoors
Spray or lotions containing DEET are highly effective against mosquitos. DEET, the active ingredient in these products is safe for use on kids. However, it does lose its effectiveness after a while, so you need to reapply often.
4. Use a Pool Cover
Another tip that we recommend to help your pool and yard mosquito-free is to use a solar pool cover. This type of cover will protect the surface of your pool and keep mosquitos out.
Additionally, solar pool covers will help heat your pool and prevent evaporation. Solar covers are more energy efficient and will, therefore, help you save money.
5. Set Out Mosquito Traps
Mosquito traps work by simulating those elements that attract them to people and pets. Some traps combine CO2 which simulates our breath, and ultraviolet (UV) or LED lights that attract the insects by mimicking our movements.
The good thing about these traps is that they don’t use chemicals or pesticides, making them safe for the whole family.
6. Maintain Your Landscape
Mosquitos like to seek shelter in tall, overgrown grass, hedges, and weeds. Therefore, you should regularly mow your lawn, trim the hedges, and remove unwanted weeds.
If your yard or patio has any natural or artificial grass, you should check to make sure it has proper drainage and that there are no pools of water anywhere.
7. Use Larvicides
A larvicide is a type of insecticide that is designed to kill mosquitos during their larvae or pupae stages. They come in various presentations, liquid, tablets, granules, pellets, and briquets.
The larvicide is placed in the water in places like gutters, and pool covers. This will kill any larvae or pupae that are in those puddles and prevent mosquitos from laying any more eggs in the same place.
8. Spray Your Yard
If you are having a pool party, it’s a good idea to spray insecticide around your yard the day before; this should kill any adult mosquitos.
9. Most Important Tip to Keep Your Pool and Yard Mosquito-Free: Maintain Proper Pool Chemistry
A clean, balanced pool with a water pump working in optimal conditions is not appealing to mosquitos, so, they won’t try to lay their eggs in the water.
Call us to set up a pool maintenance schedule to ensure your swimming pool stays clean, fresh, and free of pests. If trying to add the right amount of chemicals to your pool leaves you feeling frustrated, it’s time to contact us for a free consultation.
At Crocodile Pools, we take out the guesswork of pool maintenance and keep your pool clean and pest free. If you have any doubts on what to do about making your pool safer, make sure to call Crocodile Pools, we are the experts in keeping your Pool Safe & Clean.
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