A swimming pool in one’s backyard is one of the most exciting things about a house.
But if there are birds making a mess of things, then that can become a serious problem not only because it’s gross, but because their droppings contain various types of infections that can be harmful to human beings.
The following are a few tips for what you can do to keep birds away from a swimming pool.
Make It Difficult for Them to Nest
One of the first and most important steps to keep birds away from the swimming pool is to make the area inhospitable for them. This doesn’t mean you need to set death traps around your pool that might hurt them.
It simply means you should eliminate possible spots for them to roost, such as low-hanging branches.
If there are dense shrubs and hedges around the pool, you may want to keep them trimmed as well. In short, any potential spots for them to build a nest must be eliminated.
Don’t Keep Food Out
While it might be an enjoyable thing to eat by the pool or snack after you took a long lap, food is one of the primary things that will attract birds to your pool. You should also avoid keeping bird feeders and watering bowls near the pool.
By all means, place feeders elsewhere on your property as long as they are away from the pool. You need to give birds as little reason as possible to come near the pool.
Erect a Fence
If your problem is ducks or geese entering the pool, you can also separate your pool and the grassy part of your yard using fencing of some kind.
This can also be a thorny bush or a hedge, or you can use a regular picket fence to prevent the birds from crossing over.
If you are using a hedge to do the fencing, ensure that it is trimmed properly, so it does not become a host for rodents and birds to build nests. That would be the very definition of counterproductive.
Use a Pool Cover
Whenever your pool is not in use, bring the pool cover out. Removing and putting the pool cover back can be time consuming. However, it is the only foolproof way to keep not only birds out but also keep the pool clear of dried leaves, insects, dirt, etc.
Birds are also unlikely to sit on top of the pool cover as it is likely to be difficult for them to move around on it.
Use a Pool Toy – Something to Scare Birds Away
One of the easiest ways to keep birds out of your swimming pool is to scare them away. The good thing is birds scare easily. While in the fields people use scarecrows made of straw, that might be too much work and there is no guarantee it will work either.
Besides, the straws may fall out and contaminate the pool even more. Instead, you can invest in inflatable pool toys that will trick the birds into thinking the pool is occupied by a larger predator.
Preferably, get a large inflatable toy like an alligator or a whale. You can also buy cutouts of predatory birds like owls, hawks, etc, and prop them up around the pool. Be sure to move the prop around so the birds do not catch on to what you are doing.
Let Your House Pets Out
If you have a pet dog or a cat, then you could leave them out in the yard every now and then so if there are any resident birds around the area they know not to go into your compound.
A pet can do wonders for keeping birds away from your swimming pool. Both a dog and a cat are likely to chase birds out and even keep rodents away.
However, you cannot be certain that your pet, dogs more than cats, will not bring contaminants into the pool.
Call for Backup
If all else fails, call for professional help. Bird poop and feathers in the swimming pool can also introduce diseases into the water, in addition to making a mess of your pool. You want to nip the situation in the bud if you notice birds are attracted to your pool.
Professionals may be able to help you out with motion-activated sprinklers or ultrasonic devices. If birds fly into the range of these devices, they will get activated and will surely teach the birds to never come near your pool again.
However, only call for professional help if you cannot handle it by yourself as you may need to shell out a fair bit of money.
Pool maintenance is a big part of being a pool owner. There are many things one needs to care for, including managing the chlorine and pH levels of the pool. But if you do everything right and there are birds happily swimming in your pool, it will undo all the good work.
So make it inhospitable for the avians to hang out by your pool as soon as you spot that they might be getting comfortable there.