10 Ways to Protect Your Pool From Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes can be a huge annoyance when you’re trying to enjoy your pool. Not only are they pesky, but they can also be dangerous because of the diseases they spread. In this article, we will describe the diseases and 10 ways to keep mosquitoes away from your pool including using citronella candles to adding more plants around the edge. We will also describe ways to get rid of mosquitoes already breeding in the pool.

 

There are a number of diseases that can be spread by mosquitoes, some of which can be quite serious. Here are three of the most common:

West Nile Virus: This virus is spread by mosquitoes and can cause fever, head and body aches, nausea, and fatigue. In severe cases, it can lead to meningitis or encephalitis, both of which can be fatal.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis: This virus is also spread by mosquitoes and can cause fever, headache, vomiting, and seizures. In severe cases, it can lead to paralysis or even death.

Zika Virus: This virus is relatively new and has been linked to serious birth defects in newborns. It is spread by mosquitoes and causes fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis.

Ways to Protect Your Pool From Mosquitoes

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1. Mosquito-Repelling Plants

Certain plants release chemicals that mosquitoes don’t like, which can keep them away from areas where you are sitting or swimming. These plants will not only help protect your pool, but they will also make it smell better! Some of these plants include citronella grass, catnip, lemon balm, lavender, marigolds, mints, ornamental onion, pineapple weed, and tansy.

2. Floating Candles

Citronella candles can be very useful when trying to cover a large area because the smoke that emits repels mosquitoes. Be sure to place the candles far enough away from your pool so that there is no risk of someone falling in accidentally.

3. Deep Pools

Mosquitoes cannot breed in water deeper than a few inches, which means that a deep pool will prevent them from laying eggs. If you do not have a deep pool and wish to keep mosquitoes away, consider adding a plastic or metal structure that can provide shade without sacrificing too much swimming space.

4. Floating Stepping Stones

A lightweight stepping stone that floats on the surface of your pool is also an effective way to protect your pool from mosquitoes as well as other bugs such as wasps and bees. The stepping stones create an extra barrier between the edge of the pool and the mosquito larvae so they don’t come up to hatch later on.

5. A Fine Mesh Covering

Any kind of mesh covering that covers your pool completely can also provide a barrier from mosquitoes as well as leaves and other debris that may clog up filters.

6. Products Containing DEET

The CDC recommends using products containing the chemical DEET to keep mosquitoes away because it is effective for several hours at a time. However, there are some cautions associated with its use. It should not be used on infants under two months of age, and adults should follow directions carefully so they do not put themselves or others in danger by using too much of the product. Although this is somewhat controversial, it has been proven to work for many people who want mosquito protection when spending time around their own pools.

7. Pools With Misters

Pools with misters can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes and other bugs in and around your pool. Some models also attach to an existing filtration system, allowing you to enjoy mosquito protection with no extra effort.

8. Outdoor Lighting

Mosquitoes are attracted to light, which is why it is a good idea not to place one near where you will be swimming. Take special care when using candles or lamps because both can easily cause a fire around water. Solar lights also work well when placed away from the pool where they cannot pose any danger of starting a fire.

9. Check For Standing Water Around The Pool

Standing water attracts the larvae and therefore the mosquitoes in general, so make sure there isn’t anything sitting still around your pool area that could provide a nice place for mosquitoes looking to breed. If you can, get rid of any possible standing water that you see around the area.

10. Keep Your Pool Clean

Make sure your pool is clean using chlorine or another similar substance so that there will be no place for mosquito larvae to develop inside the pool itself. If necessary, add a few drops of bleach to ensure it stays healthy and free from contaminants that could cause problems in the future.

If you’ve already been experiencing problems with mosquitoes in your pool, there are a few things you can do to get rid of them.

Mosquitoes in pools

One of the easiest methods is to use a larvicide, which will kill the larvae before they have a chance to grow into adult mosquitoes. You can also try using a mosquito dunk, which is a small doughnut-shaped disc that you can drop into the water. It will release a chemical that will kill the larvae. You can also fill the pool with water that has been heated to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, which will kill any mosquito larvae in the pool.

Conclusion

Mosquito-spread diseases can be dangerous, even deadly. Do everything you can to avoid contracting one by protecting yourself when swimming in areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

Using mosquito repellent is a great way to start. Do not use it on infants under the age of two months, and be careful not to overdo it when applying the product on yourself or others, especially if you are using products containing DEET.

If you want additional protection, try placing plants around pool edges or installing misters onto your existing filtration system to keep mosquitoes away for hours at a time. Also, make sure your pool is clean and free of any standing water that may contain larvae before they hatch into adult mosquitoes looking for food.

By following these simple steps, you can greatly reduce the chances of contracting a mosquito-spread disease and greatly improve your chances of enjoying your pool this summer.

If you’ve already been experiencing problems with mosquitoes in your pool, there are a few things you can do to get rid of them. One of the easiest methods is to use a larvicide, which will kill the larvae before they have a chance to grow into adult mosquitoes.

You can also try using a mosquito dunk, which is a small doughnut-shaped disc that you can drop into the water. It will release a chemical that will kill the larvae. You also could fill the pool with water that has been heated to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, which will kill any mosquito larvae in the pool.

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