How to Keep Ducks Away From Your Swimming Pool


Ducks can be a nuisance and can make a mess of your pool, so it’s important to take steps to deter them from coming near. Some methods that have been proven effective include using sprinklers, decoys, fences, loud noises, and repellents. In this article, we will explore different ways to keep ducks away from your swimming pool.

Motion Activated Sprinklers


These sprinklers are activated by movement, so they will go off every time a duck comes near your pool. This will either scare the ducks away or douse them with water, preventing them from coming back.

The motion activated sprinklers are easy to install and use – all you have to do is connect the sprinkler into your garden hose. All you’ll need is an outdoor power source for it to work. Once installed, these sprinklers can get rid of any creature that comes near it.

Pool Cover

This is the obvious one. Cover your pool at night with a safety cover, which prevents ducks from landing on the water. They are specially designed to be strong enough to hold the weight of a person, but light enough for one person to remove. If you have children, make sure they cannot reach it on their own – always supervise your kids around water!

If you do not want to invest in a safety cover or if there is no way you can leave your pool covered during the day as well, another option is installing an automatic system that covers the pool when sensors detect nearby motion. The cover should be secure and will prevent ducks from landing on the surface.

Pool cover Netting

Pool netting is another effective way to keep away pesky ducks. This netting will cover the water surface, preventing any duck from landing on it. The nettings are usually stuffed with stainless steel fibers that create a rustling noise if anything touches them, which can scare nearby birds away.

The pool covers are not expensive and are easy to install – you won’t need any special tools or skills to do it yourself. However, make sure all children know they must avoid touching these nets as they may hurt their fingers.

Using decoys

Decoys can be a useful and harmless way to keep ducks away from your swimming pool. In one study, it was found that using 3″ Styrofoam decoys was able to reduce the number of waterfowl droppings in a pool by 96% for at least six months.

The size is important because if the decoy is too small, it will not work as effectively to keep them away or they may just look past it as a flawed attempt. The use of decoys has been proven effective time after time and especially against smaller birds such as pigeons which have proved more difficult to deter with other methods.

There are a variety of different types of duck decoys that can be used to keep ducks away from your swimming pool. Some popular options include:

1.    Life-sized plastic decoys: These are usually weighted down with sand or water so that they stay in one spot and can be very effective in deterring ducks.

2.    Animated decoys: These are battery-powered and move around in the water, which can be more appealing to ducks and help to scare them off.

3.    Noisemakers: There are a variety of different noisemakers on the market that can be used to scare away ducks, such as whistles, horns, or ultrasonic sound emitters.

Fences around the pool

Building fences around the area in which you intend to have a pool is another simple and effective way of keeping ducks from your swimming pool.

Installing a duck fence around your pool is a great way to keep ducks from coming near. It is an easy process that can be completed in a few simple steps:

1.   Decide on the height and width of the fence you want to install. The height should be at least 4 feet to prevent ducks from flying over, and the width should be about 6-8 feet for best results.

2.   Purchase or build a fence that meets these specifications.

3.   Dig a trench around the perimeter of the pool that is about 12 inches deep and set the fence posts in the trench so that they are upright and stable.

4.   Attach the fence to the posts with stakes or wire and fill in the trench around the fence with dirt so that the base is stable and secure.

Using a noise machine:

Noise machines can be used to scare away any type of bird, not just ducks. There are different types of noise machines on the market, each one producing a different sound. These can be very useful against other types of pests such as pigeons, seagulls, crows, geese, and more. Some popular options include:

1.   Ultrasonic noisemakers: These emit sounds that humans cannot hear but that birds can pick up on and find extremely distressing; they work best for deterring larger birds like geese and crows.

2.   Sonic noisemakers: These emit a high-pitched sound so they can be used to deter any type of bird.

3.   Crow and pest scarers: These emit an alarm sound that is designed for scaring away crows, geese, and other poultry pests.


Repellent is another simple but effective way of keeping ducks away from your swimming pool. There are many types that have been used by people with success, all of which work by leaving a bad taste in their mouth if they eat or drink anything near it. This can be done using chemicals such as Avitrol, quinine hydrochloride, methyl anthranilate, and biological products like garlic oil sprays which need to be reapplied after rainstorms or watering your lawn.

Removing all sources of food


Take away the food that might attract wild ducks into your backyard or around your pool. One way that many people have been successfully doing this is by simply cleaning up any areas under the deck where fallen bird seeds may have accumulated over time because these are a major source of attraction to them.

In addition, keeping trash cans tightly sealed when not in use can also help in minimizing the risk of attracting certain birds like seagulls, pigeons, and ravens that bring these with them and may leave a mess behind.

Ducks are often drawn closer to pools just because there’s easy access to all that good human food they love so much! So it might be a great idea for you to close up any nearby sources of waterfowl fodder such as ponds or any other nearby water areas where these birds could also hang out. This is an important tip because if you don’t do this, you’ll probably have the same problem coming back over and over again.

Using Lights

Using light fixtures around nighttime is another simple solution for keeping not only wild ducks but all other types of birds including seagulls at bay because they do not like the feeling of being exposed and vulnerable.

Lights are common practice to keep ducks away from swimming pools. There are two types of lights that are typically used: lamps and spotlights. Lamps are stationary light fixtures that emit a bright light, while spotlights are movable and can be directed towards the area where you want to deter the ducks.

You can also use a spotlight on a motion sensor. This is a simple, easy, and affordable way to keep them away from your pool.


Read this article for more information on how to keep ducks away from your swimming pool. Contact a pool fencing dealer in your area to assist you with installing a fence around the perimeter of the pool that is at least 4 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. Use a noise machine if desired or try using chemicals, biological products, or repellents, and the most innovative of them all, the motion-activated sprinkler. All these methods have been proven to be effective against wild birds such as ducks! Remove any sources of food around pools, ponds, and other areas near pools because ducks are attracted to these types of areas.

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