Ducks In Swimming Pool?
Do you have issues with ducks getting into your swimming pool? They may be cute to watch waddle around and swim in local ponds, but they can quickly turn a pristine pool into a disgusting one.
Not only is there the issue of duck droppings, but many ducks carry parasites. Keep reading to learn how to keep ducks out of a swimming pool because clapping your hands and yelling ‘Go away’ is not a sustainable solution.
The Problem with Ducks in Swimming Pools
Duck and goose droppings are a significant health hazard to humans. E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, or Cryptosporidium (Crypto for short) are a few of the germs contained in duck feces. While chlorine kills most bacteria within minutes, however, Crypto can survive for up to a week, even in the most well-maintained pools.
There’s also a danger to the ducks to consider. Drinking chlorinated water irreparably damages their kidneys, and they often drink water while they are swimming.
Protect your family and the local wildlife by keeping ducks away from your pool and spa.
Tips to Keep Ducks Out of a Swimming Pool
Sending Fido out to bark at the ducks and scare them away may work temporarily, but you can expect the waterfowl to return. Avoid the major health hazards of ducks in swimming pools with these tips.
Do not feed ducks or geese. You are rewarding them for coming to your pool if you give them food.
Reduce the grassy areas around your pool. Grass is a food source for many types of ducks and geese. Eliminate easy access from grass lawns to your pool by adding fencing or natural hedges.
Use an automatic pool cleaner. The movement of the pool cleaner under the water’s surface is likely to frighten ducks from landing in your pool. You may also want to try leaving inflatable animal floats in the water.
Install a pool covering. Blocking access to the pool with a Katchakid pool net helps our clients prevent ducks from entering their pools. Ducks may land on the net, but quickly understand they are unwelcome and generally do not return.
Prevent Ducks from Entering Your Swimming Pool with a Katchakid Pool Net
Our products, though made for safety, can help prevent ducks from entering your pool. If ducks are taking over your swimming pool, it might be time to install a pool net to keep them out. Katchakid installs many pool nets to prevent water birds and ducks settling in swimming pools. Our clients have reported back that their pool net has fixed their issue, that the ducks have typically returned a few times, and when denied access to the pool have then changed their pattern of behavior. Of course, these are wild animals so we can’t guarantee an end result.
Contact us if you need any help finding the right defense against wild ducks.