Keeping Your Pool Ready for Fun

Summer is fast approaching and soon you will want to get a cold drink and spend some time out by the pool. Even though winter isn’t quite over, it’s never too early to start thinking about how to keep your backyard free of mosquitoes. After all, nothing ruins a barbecue or pool party like a bunch of pests (and we don’t mean the neighbor kids).

Fortunately, there’s still time for you to do what’s necessary to get your pool ready for the hot summer months. By going through a few simple steps, you can be sure your backyard oasis will be ready in time.

Keep the Pool Free of Debris

One of the most common issues with swimming pools is that mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs in the pool water. While this is fairly common everywhere, mosquitoes are even more attracted to pools that have leaves, twigs, and other debris floating around. That’s because the debris secretes oils that make the water much more hospitable to mosquitoes and their larvae, which could spell disaster for your casual summer get-together.

To make your pool less attractive to insects, be sure to skim the water year-round. Skimming can be done by hand or with a motorized automatic skimmer. Getting rid of any leaves or floating dirt gives bugs fewer places to hide and it keeps them from invading your backyard when the weather warms up.

Use a Pool Cover

Whenever possible, cover your pool when it’s not in use. This not only keeps debris out of the water, but also makes sure that mosquitoes can’t get in there in the first place. This simple step is pool ownership 101, but it can work wonders for your sanity on those warm summer nights when the mosquitoes love to bite.

When using a pool cover, make sure to keep it free from is to keep from standing surface water. Covers can settle over time and create dips where water can collect and sit. These dips are like five-star hotels for mosquitoes, so it’s important that you shake off the cover regularly, even during the colder months.

Maintain Disinfection Levels

Keeping your pool chlorinated is another great way to ward off bugs, dirt, and other irritants. While a properly disinfected pool is an important safety consideration anyway, it’s even more helpful in keeping the bugs from moving in.

Pool disinfectant is specially formulated to kill off mosquito larvae before they are hatched. By properly maintaining your pool’s chlorine levels, you can be sure that you will stop these pesky bugs before they even get a chance to start flying. It also helps to keep your swimmers safe when the pool is in use.

Trim Vegetation Around the Pool

One of the most overlooked steps you can take to prevent pests in the summer months is to maintain the vegetation around your pool. Having a lot of green in the backyard is desirable and makes for a great atmosphere. However, it also creates a lot of opportunities for mosquitoes and other living things to make a home in your backyard.

Keeping your lawn trimmed and your plants pruned will go a long way towards keeping you and your friends and family free of mosquito bites. Cleanly trimmed vegetation not only reduces the number of hiding places for bugs, but will also keep leaves and debris from gathering in the pool. The last thing you want to do is spend more time skimming when you could be swimming.

Get Help from the Pros

Although there is a multitude of things you can do yourself to keep mosquitoes from moving in and using your pool without your permission, it’s always best to consult a professional. Companies like Mosquito Joe can help you make sure your backyard and pool are mosquito-free with barrier sprays, natural treatments, and other effective services to control insects. Mosquito Joe has tools and the know-how to get rid of the most stubborn pests and bugs. Schedule a consultation today and let them help you make outside fun again!

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What Can You Eat to Deter Mosquitoes?

It seems like some people have all the luck. Especially when it comes to getting bitten by mosquitoes. The lucky few who seem to repel the buzzing, biting marauders of summer swear their repelling power is associated with what they eat and/or drinkWe’ve all heard the myths that eating and/or drinking certain foods and beverages will deter mosquitoes from using us as a buffet. Well, despite what our grandmother, neighbor, or the Internet tells us, nothing we eat or drink will keep the pesky insects from feasting on us and our loved onesSo, it’s time to sort out the facts from the fiction so we can all enjoy the outdoors – eat and drink what we want – without downing a gallon of pickle juice first. 

Mosquito Myth 

Most of us are hesitant – and for good reason – to apply gallons of insect repellant each summer so we can enjoy the outdoors. We’re all anxious to find a more natural way to keep mosquitoes from biting us. Here’s a list of the foods most talked about as mosquito repellants 

Garlic and Onions 

Two of the most common foods touted as natural mosquito repellants are garlic and onions. While these foods can work wonders at keeping your spouse, significant other, and the occasional blood-sucking vampire awaythey have no effect on mosquitoes. Mosquitos don’t really care how bad our breath smellsSo, if garlic and onions are on the menu at the next BBQ, enjoy! Just don’t expect them to keep the mosquitos away.  

Hot Peppers 

Another common myth related to mosquitoes and dietary choice is the one about hot peppers. Rumor has it, hot peppers – especially jalapenos or habaneros – will keep mosquitoes awayWrong. Visions of a mosquito bursting into flames after biting us because we consumed a healthy portion of peppers is simply not true. The only way these hot foods will keep mosquitoes from biting is if we take off running in search of the nearest glass of water to put out the fire in our mouth.  

Apple Cider Vinegar 

Apple cider vinegar is great for a lot of things. However, preventing mosquito bites is not one of them. So, unless you’ve grown accustomed to the bitter, face-puckering taste of apple cider vinegar, skip it and spare yourself the discomfort.      

Mosquito Facts 

While there are no foods that will keep mosquitoes away, there are some things we can do to minimize our attraction to these flying pests during cookouts or other outdoor activities.  

Avoid Beer (insert sad face emoji) 

Yes, studies have shown that drinking beer can make people seem more attractive. Well, the same holds true for mosquitoes. The odor of beer attracts mosquitoes as does the rosy appearance of our face as we become flush from the alcohol consumptionThis gives the term, “getting a buzz on” a whole new meaning. So be aware and drink responsibly.   

Apply Lemon Eucalyptus Oil 

Lemon eucalyptus oil is a fantastic, natural mosquito repellant. Bonus fact – it’s also good for muscle spasms and osteoarthritis. So, if mosquitos aren’t the only thing bugging you, rubbing a little lemon eucalyptus oil on your skin just might help take the sting out of what’s ailing you 

As long as there are mosquitos there will be myths about how to prevent them from making a meal out of us. Fortunately, when it comes to mosquitos, Mosquito Joe knows what’s up. They know the difference between fact and fiction and can help make the outdoors fun again! 

So Why Do Bugs Love Me but Never Bite My Spouse or Kids? 

Ever wonder why you seem to spend an endless amount of your outdoor time swatting at mosquitos, but your kids or spouse can enjoy the outdoors without getting bitten? Well, there are a few factors at play.  

Blood Type 

People who have Type O blood are twice as likely to be bitten by mosquitoes. They are also more likely to produce a secretion that tells mosquitoes what blood type they are. So, if your spouse or kids don’t have these risk factors, chances are, mosquitos don’t find them as tasty 

Clothing 

Darker colors are much easier for mosquitoes to see and zone in on when they are hungry. If you are someone who always wears blue or black, you are much easier for them to see. This is especially true in the evening or late afternoon when mosquitoes are the most prevalent.  

There are more factors that come into play when determining how appetizing you are to a mosquitoBut there is still one sure-fire way to keep mosquitos away, Mosquito Joe! So as you’re planning your next barbecuegarden party, or just want to make outside fun againcontact your local Mosquito Joe today!. 

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