Mosquitos are one of the most annoying summertime pests, and they can be a huge nuisance if they’re constantly swarming around your pool. Not only are mosquitos a nuisance, but they can also spread diseases. So it’s important to keep them away from your pool and other outdoor spaces. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the best tips for keeping mosquitos away from your pool, so you can enjoy your time outside without the worry of these pesky bugs.
How to Keep Mosquitoes Away From Pool
Even if you have a screened-in pool enclosure, female mosquitoes (the ones that bite and lay eggs) have a way of making their way to people and places to lay mosquito larvae. Your pool area is prime real estate for mosquitoes since you’ll probably be hanging out there often, and they breed in pools of water. Here are some tips for how to keep mosquitoes away from your pool.
1. Keep your pool clean
Swimming pool water is only attractive to mosquitos for breeding if it’s standing and stagnant. Water that is circulated and kept fresh and clean won’t be nearly as attractive to mosquitoes. Keep your pool clean and your pool pump in good working order. Also, make sure the walls of your pool stay clean and free of algae buildup. A clean pool is an uninteresting pool for mosquitoes. Regular pool maintenance is imperative to avoid mosquito issues.
2. Keep an eye on your pool cover
If you have a pool cover that stays rolled up at the end of your pool or nearby, be sure to keep an eye on that and try to keep it dry. If it’s in an area where rain can reach it, it can hold water, and since a hot summer day will warm it up nicely, it’s the perfect place for breeding and the creation of a big mosquito problem in your outdoor spaces.
3. Maintain your pool enclosure screens
If you have a screened-in pool enclosure, keep up with your screen maintenance, Most people have doors to the yard or patio from their pool screen enclosure, so mosquitoes may sneak in through those doors, but keeping your screens in good shape can reduce the number that makes it through.
4. Eliminate standing water around your pool and yard
If you have a mosquito infestation in your yard, you’ll have a much harder time keeping mosquitoes away from your pool. Any water sources in your yard that can become stagnant, like bird baths, kids’ toys, a kiddie pool, a tire swing or old tires sitting around, and planters, can be the best ways to attract mosquitoes. Any body of water, no matter how small, will attract those pesky mosquitoes. Do regular checks around your yard for standing water, and just dump it out.
5. Dry pool toys and floats
When you’re finished with your pool toys and floats, just be sure to dump them, shake them off, and leave them in the sun to dry. When they are dry, it’s a good idea to move them out of your outdoor area and put them away, at least somewhere under the roof, so they can’t be rained on and hold water.
6. Keep your yard maintained
Keeping your lawn mowed and flower beds clean and maintained will reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard. Mosquitoes are tiny, and they like to hang out in places where they feel safe. Plants and grass that are out of control, or even just relatively high, are an open invitation to mosquitoes. Organic debris like leaves, grass clippings, and piles of wood/branches are also a natural way for mosquitoes to hide. Dispose of yard waste as quickly as possible.
7. Use high powered fans
A high powered fan in your pool around may help prevent whatever mosquitoes that are present from bugging you. They may help during a pool party since they can keep your guests cool at the same time. Mosquitoes are uninvited guests all the time, so if the fans help, run them anytime you’re outside to keep them at bay.
8. Use mosquito repellants
There are several ways to repel mosquitoes in your outdoor areas. You can plant mosquito-repelling plants like citronella grass (lemon grass) or other strongly scented plants. Read our blog post about the best plants for pest control. You can also try citronella candles or mosquito traps strategically placed around your pool and outdoor areas. Finally, as a last resort repellant, you can try topical mosquito repellents, like citronella oils, lemon balm, or deet bug spray.
9. Install a mosquito misting system
Mosquito season in SWFL can be much longer than in other places. Mosquito activity will last as long as the weather permits, and, unfortunately, our beautiful sub-tropical climate is ideal for mosquitos to thrive. A mosquito misting system is the easiest and most hassle-free way to handle mosquito issues in your outdoor areas so you can enjoy our amazing weather! It’s a hands-free system that is installed much like your irrigation system, discreetly and effectively around your yard and patio. This system is automated to run on its own and handle all of your mosquito problems. Learn more about mosquito misting systems here.
10. Regular barrier treatments
Regular barrier treatments from mosquito control professionals are the next best thing to misting systems. If you’re looking for something more cost-effective, this is your best option. We eliminate and then maintain control of mosquito populations in your outdoor space with treatments every 2-4 weeks. Our technicians are thorough and diligent and will create a customer barrier treatment plan that best fits your unique needs.
Final Thoughts on How to Keep Mosquitoes Away from Pool
There are many things you can do yourself to deter mosquitoes from bothering you in your outdoor spaces. We hope this blog post has been a helpful resource for you to get started in your efforts to keep mosquitoes away from your pool! Pool owners spend more time outdoors in our hot SWFL summers than homeowners without a pool. That means it’s even more important for you to get rid of pesky pests like mosquitoes and other biting insects. If, despite your best effort, you have not been able to get your mosquito problems under control, BuzzOFF of SWFL can help you eliminate the problem. Contact us today for your free estimate!