It’s the time of year when we all start to enjoy spending time outdoors in our yards and gardens. One common problem that can occur during this time is ducks coming into your pool to take a swim.
While it may be amusing to watch them play in the water, it can also be quite frustrating if you’re trying to enjoy a relaxing day at your pool. Let’s discuss a few things you can do to keep ducks out of your pool.
Install a pool cover
This is probably the most effective way to keep ducks (and other animals) out of your pool. A solar cover will not only prevent ducks from getting in, but it will also help keep your pool clean.
Leave out animal pool toys
Ducks don’t like inflatable pool toys. There are a few reasons for this, but the most likely is that pool toys look like predators to them.
You can scare away ducks with an inflatable toy as long as you keep it in the water and move it around occasionally. Blow-up alligators, killer whales, sharks, snakes, and dolphins are all fantastic options as ducks will view them as potential threats.
Owning a dog or a cat is a fantastic way to scare off any ducks and stop them from swimming in your pool. A loud bark from a dog or a hiss from a cat should encourage any unwanted ducks to flee. If you don’t have a pet, borrowing a friend’s dog or cat for an afternoon might also do the trick.
Install a fence
Another way to keep ducks out of your pool is to install a fence around it. This will block their access and deter them from even trying to get in. You can also use a net or fishing line between the posts to stop ducks from slipping through any gaps in your fence.
Ducks are less likely to enter an area if they cannot see the water, so this can be an effective way to keep them out. Bird netting, fishing lines, and fence posts are inexpensive and can be purchased from hardware stores and garden centers.
Use an automatic pool cleaner
Robot pool cleaners are a great way to keep your pool clean without having to do any of the work yourself. They are easy to operate and can be programmed to clean your pool at specific times.
Furthermore, ducks are scared by loud and moving objects. Therefore, an automatic pool cleaner can help keep ducks out of the water while also ensuring that your pool stays clean and free from debris.
Invest in an ultrasonic pest repellent
Ultrasonic pest repellent devices emit a high-pitched noise that is inaudible to humans but offensive to animals. Pest repellents that emit high-frequency sounds are therefore an effective way to keep ducks out of pools, as well as other unwanted pests like raccoons, skunks, and rodents.
The devices can be plugged into an outlet or run on batteries, and some come with solar panels for easy recharging. There are many ultrasonic pest repellents on the market, so do your research before purchasing one. Some units are more powerful and others are more effective against certain animals than others.
Hang up eye balloons
Eye balloons are an easy, affordable way to keep wild ducks out of your pool. The reflective eyes on the balloons will startle the ducks and scare them away from your pool area. You can buy eye balloons at most stores, or you can make your own by filling balloons and decorating them with reflective paints and materials.
Set up sprinklers
Garden sprinklers can be a highly effective way to deter ducks and other birds from visiting your garden and keep them out of your pool. Be sure to position your sprinkler in an area where the water will cover the area close to the pool. You may also want to adjust the spray pattern to ensure that the water will reach as far as possible.
Try a duck repellent
If you have already exhausted all other options, a duck repellent chemical might be a last resort. You can find duck repellent chemicals for plants that you can spray on your garden, or you can add a chemical like Goose Stopper to your pool water.
Duck repellent chemicals are humane, safe, and effective. These pest control products work by reducing the surface tension of swimming pool water so that ducks, geese, and other waterfowl cannot comfortably float on the surface.
Don’t let ducks discourage you from enjoying your pool
Ducks are typically a nuisance when they decide to land in your pool. They can be destructive and messy, but there are plenty of easy ways to stop this from happening. How do you keep ducks out of your pool? Share your tips for pool owners in the comments below.