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How to Keep Ducks Out Of the Pool in 2020

Keeping ducks out of your pool

Ducks love the water. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that unless you take proper precautions, sooner or later, these birds are going to try to get into your pool. It won’t just be ducks either. It will be just about every bird that loves water. This means that you need to start taking precautions sooner as opposed to later. Here are some tips.

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Why ducks shouldn’t be in the water

Well, the main reason why you need to prevent ducks from polluting your pool. Remember; ducks (and other birds) do carry germs and disease with them. This means that all the chemicals that you have in your pool will have a harder job removing these contaminants. Not to mention the fact that once the ducks have found your pool, they are going to keep coming back. You really do need to nip things in the bud as soon as you possibly can.

Don’t forget; the pool water is also going to be dangerous to the birds. After all, a duck probably should not be drinking a massive gulp of chlorine-laden water. If anything, stopping the ducks from getting into your swimming pool is helping you just as much as it is helping them.

Bird Netting

This is probably one of the simplest things that you can do when learning how to keep ducks out of the pool. It is probably one of the best methods too, particularly if your pool is located under some trees. The bird netting will stop any leaves from 

This is probably one of the simplest things you can do when learning how to keep ducks out of the pool. It is probably one of the best methods too, particularly if your pool is located under some trees.

The purpose of bird netting is to prevent the ducks from landing in the water. Now, obviously, they can go underneath the netting. However, the vast majority of ducks are not going to do that. When they are looking for a pool of water, they are looking for something that is easy to access. Bird netting prevents the pool from being easy to access.

Do note that there are some people that will tell you that you can use a fishing line to prevent ducks from getting into the water. They say it is a cheaper alternative to bird netting. Do not use fishing line. It can kill the ducks. They can’t see it. They will then get tangled in it and get strangled to death. At least with bird netting, ducks should be able to see it from a distance. It has also been designed in such a way that it only really prevents birds from landing, as opposed to actually killing the birds.

Pool toys

Another simple method, although it may ruin the aesthetics of your pool a little bit.

Have you noticed how ducks and other birds won’t come near your pool at all if you are inside of it? This is because ducks are prey animals. They are naturally wary of anything that looks suspicious. You can use this to your advantage.

If, when you are not in the pool, you put some pool toys in there (animal-shaped ones work best for this) then, nine times out of ten, a duck isn’t going to bother coming into the swimming pool. It will fly away. 

This is a trick that works even if you have had ducks in your pool before. A lot of ducks, once they have found a body of water they like, will always come back to it. The pool toys will prevent this as the duck will now be thinking ‘hey, this water is dangerous’.

Keep your water clean

It is important that you ensure that you have the right balance of chemicals in your pool. If you do, then your swimming pool is probably not going to be smelling all that pleasing to the ducks. This means that you are going to have a far, far easier time when it comes to keeping them at bay.

If you have leaves and other bits of debris floating in the pool, then it is worth your while getting rid of this as soon as you can. Remember; ducks do not really want to be going into a swimming pool. They want to be going into something that looks like a natural piece of water, and if you are not keeping that pool clean, it is going to smell like a natural piece of water to them.

That being said, do not overload your pool with chemicals to try and scare the ducks away with the scent. This won’t work. It will just make it difficult for you to swim in your pool. Often, all that you really need to do is ensure that the balance of chemicals is ‘just right’.

Use Sound

If you head to sites like Amazon, you can pick up devices that emit sounds. This sound is ultrasonic, and it is essentially a high-pitched sound designed to be uncomfortable to listen to. If you have a device like this and switch it on, if the ducks do come near your pool, then they are certainly not going to be kicking around for too long. The sound is going to be awful.

Of course, a sound emitter like this is not just going to be uncomfortable for the ducks to listen to. It is probably going to be a bit on the uncomfortable side for you to listen to as well. So, make sure that you are turning it off when you are relaxing by the pool. If you don’t, your pool will be anything but relaxing to kick back in!

Avoid having food in the area

If you have bird seed, fruit, or anything else like that around your pool, then it needs to go. We know that some people love to have bird boxes in the garden because they love to watch the birds. However, if you do this, then you are pretty much going to be asking for trouble. Ducks like to go where there is a good source of food. If you are giving them food, then obviously they are going to stick around.

Now, obviously, the fruit issue can be a little bit trickier to deal with. We can’t really suggest that you pull the trees and bushes out of the ground. However, if any fruit does fall on the floor, then you may want to ensure that you pick it up as soon as possible. Obviously, you are not going to be removing all of the food available to the ducks, but you are certainly going to be making it a little bit harder for them to gain access to some of it.

Cut your bushes and trees (and reduce the amount of shade)

For the most part, ducks do not really like to be out there in the open. They feel exposed. Remember what we said? They are prey animals, after all. This means that if you have bushes and trees in the garden that are uncut, then the ducks are going to use these as shade. The closer they are to the pool, the better.

In an ideal world, you would remove anything like this from around the pool. Ducks probably wouldn’t think about going near a pool without protection like this. However, we do not live in an ideal world. You probably do not wish to ruin the aesthetics of the pool. This means that you should cut the trees and bushes regularly. It won’t eliminate all shade, but hopefully, it will reduce it a considerable amount.

If you have parasols and the like, then take them down when you are not by the pool. This is, once again, going to be creating somewhere nice and shady for the ducks. This is the last thing you want!

Have your dog outside

If you have a dog, then let them hang out by the pool. They are a predator. Ducks know this. As a result, the ducks won’t come near the pool if they have even the slightest inkling that a dog may be there. The dog doesn’t even need to be out there 24/7. Once the ducks have spotted the dog once, they are highly unlikely to return. That is your main aim, after all. You want to prevent the ducks from returning to the pool.

Duck Off

Yes. This is a chemical. If you find that no other method seems to be working for you, then you may want to use it. It is added to your swimming pool. It basically makes it a bit more difficult for the ducks to swim in your pool. It won’t make a difference to you (other than changing up your chemical balance) and, if all else fails, we are positive that the Duck Off is going to work for you. Just make sure that you follow the instructions on the packaging. It is a rather expensive solution!

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