Pool cleaning is an important aspect of keeping your swimming environment healthy and hygienic. Come summer, your pool surroundings will be a welcome spots for bees, wasps, and other bugs. And, it will be a big task to get rid of them as you open your pool for the spring. In addition, your pool is a great water source that attracts many breeds of mosquitoes. So, how do you counter these and remove them from the area?
The pool experts at Premier Pools and Spas have some tips that can help you with this.
Bugs Around Your Pool
Mosquitoes are the most common of all the bugs that lurk around in the shadows near your pool. These types of bugs generally look for dark, damp spaces to stay in.
Then you have the bees, wasps, and other types of insects that are attracted to the colorful flowers around your pool. They could end up in your pool, die and cause additional issues. Hence, the main thing you can do to prevent bugs is to maintain a good pool cleaning schedule.
Cleaning Your Pool
In order to deter the bugs from your pool area, you can follow the below steps:
- Keep your filter running every day for a few hours. Set up a timer to alert you about switching it on and you can turn it off after about 4 hours.
- Brush the pool walls and the interior surfaces using a manual scrubber or use a vacuum system to keep the pool clean. Skim away all the debris from the water surface regularly.
- When the pool is not in use, like in the evenings and nights, cover it up to keep the bugs off. In addition, you will also be preventing the water and chemical loss from evaporation.
- Balancing the chemicals in your pool is as important as pool cleaning. If you do not properly chlorinate your pool or maintain the right disinfection levels, it will likely result in an increase of mosquito larvae.
- Although there is usually little to no rain in Vacaville in the summer, in case it rains, make sure to remove any water puddles near the pool. Neglecting this could cost you dearly as mosquitoes use them as breeding areas.
Getting Rid of Bugs
Now you have seen how to keep the pests away, but understand that it is almost impossible to deter all of them, even with a perfectly clean pool. So, what do you do when they sneak in?
Use pool screen enclosures: Pool screen enclosures not only keep the bugs away and prevent them from rotting in the water, but they also provide you with shade. They also give you the much-needed privacy from pesky pests and peeping people too.
Keep the night lights on: It is true that lights attract bugs, but when you have the lights on far away from the pool, they bugs have to leave in peace. Install tiki torches or lights at about 20 feet distance from the pool, but switch on the lights near the pool only if you need them.
Mosquito repellents and scents: Some plants like Lavender and Basil can keep the mosquitoes away due to their strong scent. But make sure their leaves don’t end up in the pool, otherwise, you will be left doing more pool cleaning. Or, you could light some scented candles that offend the bugs, and at the same time, offer a more romantic setting.
Electric bug zappers: Make use of clever pool technology trends and use electric insect killers that can also look beautiful and can be passed off pool decor objects.