With Memorial Day just around the corner, many families around Oklahoma are starting to revive their seasonal pools. Depending on how protected or treated your leftover water in the pool was from last summer, you may already have a bug problem you are unaware of. If not, there are some steps you can take to ensure your pool remains bug-free all season!
Regular Chemical Treatments
Most bugs will avoid water that they know if chemically treated, often not even returning to it. It is well known that mosquitos will not deposit their eggs into the chemically treated water and the introduction of these chemicals can remove the threat of algae; a known attractant for bugs. Keep your pool chemically treated and regularly test to keep levels normalized.
If a few insects have made their way into your pool and have consequently died, it is important to remove them with either the skimmer pump or a pool net. If bugs are piling up in your water, it can often attract more bugs that will ultimately meet the same fate. Clean out your filter basket regularly to ensure bugs don’t find their way back into the water when the pump shuts off.
Lights are a known attractant to a wide variety of bugs. For this reason, it is important to limit the amount of light your pool receives throughout the night. In-pool lighting can attract bugs to explore the depths of your pool at night, leading to a build-up of bugs you probably don’t want to deal with. Limiting outdoor lights around the pool can help limit this problem.
Invest in a Pool Cover
If you have extreme bug problems, it may be most efficient to invest in an easily removed pool cover. This can help cover the pool when not in use and often help increase the temperature of the water underneath. However, this can be a pain for homeowners when using the pool regularly.
We hope this information helps you better prevent bug infestations this summer and keeps your home free from any type of pest all year long. And if you see these tiny pests—or any others—in your home, give us a call or visit our website to get started on your free, no-obligation evaluation. We’ll create a custom pest control plan to get rid of all your pest problems in no time! You can call our trained pest control experts at any time with questions about pest control methods or pest prevention techniques. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebookand Google+ for more pest prevention tips and tricks.