How can I Keep Ducks Away from my Swimming Pool?

Year after year, I am asked the same question, "How do I keep ducks away from our pool?". Obviously, with the amount of money it costs to have a pool built, it is such a pain having these feathered fowl enjoy it as their own.

Fyi, Putting a floater that looks like a real duck only encourages a whole flock to take up residency in your pool. No good.

Here are some proven methods, as well as one not many know about, to keep them out.

 

1) Remove anything that might attract birds to your yard, such as a bird feeder or a bird bath. Take away all flowers or plants that might lure birds into your garden.

2) Buy a fake replica of a predator to scare the birds away. Most people opt for owls, which can be placed in or hung from a nearby tree or awning. Some birds might respond better to rubber snakes or alligators placed around the perimeter of the pool.

3) Keep the birds away by moving the predators every few days. Some pool owners think it is easier to buy a mechanical replica that detects motion. For example, some owl replicas will flap their wings or move their heads when they sense movement in your yard.

4) Place a toy or object in the water when the pool is not covered. Some pool owners have used an inflatable dolphin will keep birds out of your swimming pool area.

5) Choose a holographic product for a more aesthetically pleasing alternative, such as such as Irri-Tape. The combination of the movement and the light reflecting from the water surface will keep birds out of your swimming pool. Alternatively, some people like a product called Terror Eyes, which is a balloon with holographic eyes.

6) Although this is a little different approach, many who use this method say it works great. A friend told me that his daughter, who is a zoo keeper, brought home a tiger cub for domesticating. While there, the cat used the bathroom in the yard and around the pool. He said he was so surprised by the positive results, that he told others in the neighborhood. They found a product online that is just sprinkled here and there, around the pool (mostly in foliage areas). It is safe due to the concentration of the product.

I once had a customer that thought putting 2 cases of muriatic acid in the pool would burn the ducks as they landed, and therefore, would ward them off. What did I tell her? That's 1 for the ducks and 0 for the homeowner. I wound up having to drain the whole pool and start over with fresh water. Please don't do that!!


More Pool Maintenance Nuggets of Wisdom »

Build the Pool of Your Dreams

The convenience of having your own beautiful glimmering oasis of refreshing pool water just a few steps from your back door is truly a splendid thing. A pool can be everything from a source of evening relaxation, to a morning fitness spot, to a social status symbol. Your home swimming pool can be anything you want it to be.

Blue Science will work hand in hand with you to design a one-of-a-kind dream pool which perfectly complements your backyard environment. Give us a call today.

What Customer are Saying About our Tampa St Pete Pool Care

"Hi all, simply a 5*, a thank you and a strong recommendation. Not only does Kevin D look after our pool very well. This week our dog ran out as Kevin opened the yard gate. Kevin did a stellar job, not only alerting us of the situation, but he stayed with us for nearly 30mins, looking for our dog. And it was Kevin in fact, who found and brought him back. A true example of customer experience excellence and committment - not only in standard duties, but going the extra mile where and when needed. Well done Kevin B. Well done Blue Science. Thank you!" ~  Mar 6
»Pool Cleaning in Dallas 5/5 ★★★★★
"First time pool owner. I contacted Blue Science because of their upfront cost and recommendations. Brandon was our technician and did a great job of not only attending to the all of the needs of the pool but took the time to explain in detail everything he did regarding the chemicals and there effects on the pool. I highly recommend Brandon and hopefully he will continue to be our service technician." ~  Feb 23
»Pool Cleaning in Katy 5/5 ★★★★★
"Wally Garza has been doing an amazing job keeping our pool clean and beautiful! From the initial service setup, through the whole year of maintenance, I’m very please with this company. I highly recommend them!" ~  Jan 30
»Pool Cleaning in Houston 5/5 ★★★★★
"The home we recently purchased had an unground pool that we had no idea how to maintain. Thanks to Brandon King, we have enjoyed our beautiful pool all summer! He is reliable and knowledgeable as well as professional. So glad he’s our pool tech!" ~  Oct 2
»Pool Cleaning in The Woodlands 5/5 ★★★★★
"Josh does a wonderful job! He's always positive and professional and makes the pool look great! Keep him coming! Thanks" ~  Sep 5
»Pool Cleaning in Pearland 5/5 ★★★★★
Review Our Services

Tampa St Pete Pool Brands We Know & Use

   
When providing pool repairs and equipment installations in Tampa St Pete, we use only supplies and parts from top pool companies.