While many of us are devoted animal lovers, the last thing anyone wants is to have bees buzzing around while taking a relaxing dip in the pool or finding a snake wrapped around the pool cleaner. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to help prevent this.
It’s common for pool owners to experience the buzzing of bees who are looking for water or the appearance of water striders on the pool surface. They can make for a less-than-pleasing swimming experience, so here’s how to keep them at bay while you’re enjoying the cooling pool waters.
Use a pool cover
Many animals – snakes, bugs and even geese – will seek a water source, and the closer you live to an area with good vegetation, the more likely you are to have these critters visiting your pool. A sure-fire way to keep them out of your pool is to use a pool cover whenever you’re not in it.
Maintain your garden
Areas around the pool that are green and not well-kept will attract numerous creatures including mosquitoes, small flying insects and even snakes that are able to hide in the long grass. Keep areas around your pool well maintained to prevent these bugs from getting near your pool. Also try to keep the areas around your pool dry – constantly damp grass, ponds and any other water sources will attract these creatures too.
Keep it tidy
Many of us are guilty of throwing our pool equipment into a shed near the pool, or piling up toys and floaties to collect dust. This is the perfect set-up for snakes and rodents to begin living near your pool, and with the water source nearby, you’re guaranteed to have a problem on your hands. Make sure to clean and tidy around pool areas to prevent these creepies from making your home their home.
Keep it clean
The pool is the perfect spot to set up the braai so that mom and dad can watch the kids while making lunch or dinner. Unfortunately, this allows for scraps of food to make their way onto the floor or into the grass surrounding the pool and this means that numerous creatures will be attracted to the area as a source of food and water. Keep your pool area clean and avoid the shock of finding an unfriendly critter around your pool.
Use your green fingers
Many plants, herbs and spices repel bugs and animals. Planting citronella and chamomile will repel insects, while snakes are deterred by strong smells such as lemongrass, onion or garlic.
If all your efforts don’t seem to be working, you can contact a pest expert to help you with your problem or an expert at The Pool Team to help you with your chemical dosage to keep bugs away.