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    How to Keep Ducks Out of the Pool

    July 7, 2016
    sherylsomers

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    Why Keep Ducks Out of Pools?

    • Avoids Germs such as Crypto, E.coli, Salmonella
    • Phosphates and Nitrates also brought into pool water
    • Once they become comfortable, they may stay awhile

    How to Keep Ducks Out of a Pool

    • inflatable-alligator-scares-ducksInflatable Alligator in Pool
    • Solar Pool Cover or Leaf Net Cover
    • Cables or Cords Across the Pool
    • Floating Gazing Orbs or Mylar Balloons
    • Swimming Pool Alarms

    How to Scare Ducks from a Pool

    • Laser Pointer
    • Garden Hose, Super Soaker
    • Whistle, Air Horn, Loud Music
    • Barking Dogs, Swimming Dogs
    • Cannonball!

    Videos about Ducks in Pools

    In this video from Swimming Pool Tips, Inflatable Alligators seem to do the trick to keep ducks out of the pool. Also suggested are shiny stainless steel gazing balls, floating in the pool, and 'bouncing' types of suction pool cleaners like Kreepy or Baracuda pool cleaners.

    After the barking dog was no help, this video tries to remove ducks with a pool pole which didn't work, and then threw lawn chairs into the pool, with no effect on the duck population. He then appears to concoct a Chlorine Bomb of some sort, which also apparently failed. Nothing!

    A Remote Control Battleship is used by this Army vet to chase away ducks from his inground pool. He doesn't hurt them, just give "them a little nudge, is all". When that doesn't work, he breaks out his water blaster pool toy and lets them have it!

    Do not Feed the Ducks

    As KHON-2 reported, after the Kailua District Pool was closed for several days to clean up bird dropping contamination, they have stepped up efforts to educate pool visitors to not feed the ducks. Bird poop in the pool is serious health hazard, as is noted when the CDC speaks out about Birds & Pools.

    In addition to human food, trimming bushes and plants and keeping grasses short will make your pool less of a paradise for ducks by removing sources of food. Trimming up and raking beneath low bushes or other enclosed nesting areas will make it harder for ducks to stay overnight.

    Ducks in the pool may seem cute, but duck poop in the pool is not, and the pool should be treated immediately if noticed.  

    Sheryl Somers
    SPP Pool Expert  

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