How to keep mosquitoes away
A clean pool isn’t inviting to mosquitoes. However if they’re not properly maintained, swimming pools can quickly become mosquito breeding sites, creating a nuisance for both yourself and your neighbors. Here’s some tips on how to keep mosquitoes away:
- Run the filter on a regular basis – a timer can be used to allow the filter to operate around 3-4 hours each day.
- Don’t turn the filter off during winter or periods when the pool is not in use. By maintaining the pool during these periods it will take much less time, effort and money to adjust the pool water correctly for the next use.
- When not in use, i.e. at night, place a cover over the swimming pool to prevent chemicals evaporating and bugs getting in. During rainy periods make sure that any water found ponding on the surface of the cover is removed.
- Regularly chlorinate your swimming pool and maintain disinfection levels. Chlorine alone will not kill mosquito larvae but will help in maintaining the pool’s health and, along with the other steps, hinder the growth of mosquito larvae.
- Use a skimmer to remove any surface debris.
- The swimming pool should be cleaned regularly including vacuuming and scrubbing the walls. Backwashing should be undertaken at least weekly.
The proper use of swimming pool grade chemicals and good management of the disinfection, filtration and re-circulation system will keep your swimming pool in a clean, safe and healthy condition all season long.
While chlorine has long been the industry standard and most popular swimming pool disinfectant, consumer demand for alternatives has prompted the emergence of new technologies and the number of systems in use continues to grow. Nature2 from Zodiac Pool Systems in Vista, California, dissolves traces of silver and copper into the water to disinfect it and prevent algae. The system, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, allows pools to operate using just 0.5 part per million of chlorine, compared with the recommended 1 to 4 ppm for conventional pools.