August 31, 2014
Ducks are cute – but they don’t belong in your pool. There are three really good reasons to try to keep them out.
- It will harm the ducks. Drinking large amounts of pool water can damage their kidneys.
- Duck droppings can contain harmful bacteria. According to the Center for Disease Control, many germs in bird droppings can infect humans, such as E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, or Cryptosporidium (“Crypto” for short).
- Duck droppings and feathers will clog pool filters, sometimes leading to costly repairs.
Keeps Ducks Away
Here are some simple, harmless ways to keep ducks out of your pool. These tips will help keep your family and your neighborhood ducks, healthy and happy.
- Don’t feed ducks on your property.
- Float a number of beach balls in the pool.
- Use Mylar balloons filled with helium. Attach a weight to the bottom of the string and place the balloons (remove either) around the outside of the pool.
- Purchase “Scare Eye Balloons” at a wild bird store to float in your pool.
- Purchase an owl yard ornament to place by the pool to scare the ducks away.