5 Secrets to Keeping Ducks out of Your Swimming Pool ?

 

Get the Duck out of my Pool!

Ducks in a Swimming Pool Can Make You Sick

Ducks and geese are naturally attracted to water, especially if they consider that water to be a safe place and a clear swimming pool suggests just that. Migrating water fowl often need a place to take a break and rest their weary wings, then there are those that opt for what seems to be a permanent residence. There are lots of remedies out there that you hear time and time again: Get a solar cover; Don’t feed them (duh); Plant tall plants; and, a personal favorite, Floating Eyeball Balloons. We wanted to add 5 lesser known options to the list.

Get a Gator Decoy


A floating alligator decoy will do the trick, but find one that is designed to keep unwanted guests away from koi ponds. They tend to be a bit more realistic. The floating gator heads that are designed for swimming pools do not have the same success. I’ve actually used the Aquascape model (pictured) in my personal pool and found that the movement in the “hinged” sections adds quite a bit to the decoys value as a deterrent: Aquascape Koi Fish Pond Floating Crocodile Alligator Predator Decoy (2 Pack)

Motion Activated Sprinkler

Motion activated water sprinklers do a great job startling ducks and geese. When ever the sensor detects movement it shoots out two to three bursts of water in the direction that you had aimed it. This unit, the Critter Ridder Motion-Activated Animal Repellent & Sprinkler (shown), can both detect motion and send bursts of water up to 100 ft from the sprinkler. Bursts are quick and short using only 3 to 4 cups of water. Gives your pool 24/7 duck monitoring prevention: Havahart 5277 Motion-Activated Animal Repellent & Sprinkler, 1 Pack, Green

Bird Netting


Folks have reported some success in running fishing line above the pool in a crisscross or lattice-style pattern to provide a barrier overhead. Bird Netting will provide the same barrier, but the pre-woven design will be a heck of a lot easier to install overhead. Made of UV resistant nylon multifilament, these aviary nets provide a reusable barrier to all water fowl up overhead. Large pool? No problem. The netting is available in both 1″ & 2″ mesh and in sizes from 25′ x 50′ feet through 100′ x 100′: boknight 25′ X 50′ Net Netting for Bird Poultry Aviary Game Pens New 1″ Square Mesh Size (25’×50′-1”)

Automatic Pool Cleaner


An automatic pool cleaner may do the trick. Any type, suction or pressure side, will help to startle unwanted feathered guests, but these solar-powered skimming models add a whole new level of fowl frightening technology as they travel about the surface. Birds, including geese, are fairly skittish to start with, add something to the pool that will actually sneak up on them and you are likely to see them flying. We had actually conducted a product review on these Solar Breeze units about a year ago to access their benefit as a cleaner and did have quite a few positive things to say about the units themselves, but in the process we found that startling wildlife was an unexpected surprise. Scares Ducks and Skims the pool To see our review on the Solar Breeze NX2: Solar Breeze NX2 Product Review
Solar Breeze – Automatic Solar Powered Pool Cleaner NX Cleaning Robot

Add a Surfactant

Adding a surfactant to water will actually make water “wetter”. Water molecules are fairly sticky with one another and this allows them to have quite a bit of strength, or surface tension. When a surfactant, such as Jack’s Magic Surface Magic, is added it reduces that tension by pushing those water molecules further apart. The main purpose in the product is to rid the water of surface debris, such as leaves, dust and pollen by forcing them closer to the side of the pool for easy removal. The side benefit of reducing surface tension is that it makes it more difficult for things to float. Birds will have to put in a little more effort to swim in your pool and when made slightly uncomfortable will likely leave. On top of that, water bugs and water spiders will face similar difficulties and will not frequent the swimming pool either: Jack’s Magic Surface Magic, 2 oz

Why Keep Ducks out of The Pool?

Ducks and geese carry different diseases that people can get. They can be introduced to your pool when they defecate in the water. Chlorine, at the recommended ranges, can easily destroy many of these waterborne zoonoses, but others can be quite resistant. According to the CDC, duck and goose droppings may might contain germs such as E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, or Cryptosporidium (“Crypto” for short). Cryptosporidium is the same protozoa associated with a human diarrhea incident and is one of the most chlorine resistant zoonosis we see in recreational water illness treatment/prevention. The CDC recommends treating your pool the same for bird poop in the water as you would a human solid stool: CDC Fecal Incident Response Procedures

 

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30 thoughts on “5 Secrets to Keeping Ducks out of Your Swimming Pool ?”

  1. I found this pretty funny, I guess its just something we don’t have to worry about around here. I am sure these are great tips though and the choice of rubber ducky images was great

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    1. Hi Janell! Thank you & thank you for reading. Surprisingly, we get call on this exact subject from cities across both North & South America. I like the rubber duckies too ?

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      1. My pool is in a downtown area. Neighboring buildings have many pigeons a.k.a. “sky-rats”. Aside from keeping chlorine around 7ppm and constantly scooping feathers, what other precautions should be taken?

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  2. Ha ha 🙂 I never knew this happens and I love the very 1st idea 🙂 I read you regularly. Thanks for all the things that you write. Gonna join a swimming class in the future, cuz um still not an expert. Thanks again 🙂

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  3. We are having a problem with what I would call a “married” couple of ducks. It has gotten to the point when we get them to leave, they either go sit on the outside of the fence or up on our roof and wait until we leave and go right back into the pool. Our dog will chance them away, but again they just come back. I’m going to try some of your other ideas, and see if any of them work. Thanks for the ideas.

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  4. We just started getting ducks in our pool after 30 years of owning it! The only thing we can think of is 2 summers ago we took off the side rails. Maybe they just now noticed. Lol We have a Solar cover yet the first duck we had was standing in the middle of the pool on the solar cover! 3 days later 2 ducks were standIng on the side. I think we will try putting a pool float out on the middle of the solar cover see if that helps. Thanks for the tips. Can’t believe after all these years we are now having this issue..

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    1. Oh wow. It has taken them some time to find you. Perhaps with all of the recent travel restrictions in place, they are opting to vacay closer to home and your site is offering the best amenities. ? Many have had good luck with the tactics mentioned. Best of luck in evicting your new tenants. ??

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    1. Thank you for reaching out, William. However, it is because of your reasons noted that a waterfowl equipment & supply site may better suit your needs. Best of luck in your search!

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  5. I installed a whirligig next to my pool and have not had any problems with ducks since. Make sure its large and colorful. Mine is bright red in the shape of a cardinal. I used a flower pot with rocks to mount it and set it on a table so its high and very visible.

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