*We bought a white large goose (or swan?) chlorine dispenser. It has a painted beak, eyes & everything. It floats around the pool showing "movement" so the mallards won't join it. We've kept the mallards out with this goose now for over 4 seasons. Before the goose, our large 55 pound Airedale dog was trained to go after the ducks - that helped significantly. *I tried things that flap in the wind and things that make noise. They did not work. What did work was a $10.00 blow up alligator float. Blow it up and put it in the pool....works like a charm. I haven't tried it, but I read that beach balls sometimes work. Also, you can take fishing line and run two lines across the pool, they apparently don't like to touch the line when trying to land. Good luck. *We had Mallard Ducks landing in our pool. To keep them away, we did several things: 1) We bought plastic snakes and placed them around the pool, 2) We bought reflective tape and placed strips of it at various locations around the pool so it can blew in the wind, 3) We bought a fake owl and had it sitting on the diving board, and 4) We bought two beach balls with large eyes painted on the sides and hung those near the pool. I think the key is something the ducks recognize as danger--the owl or snakes or the big eyes--OR something that moves--the tape. *We tried everything last year: frogs that make a noise when you pass in front of it, lots of blow up toys, dangling multi-coloured objects that move in the wind, and metal cats with glass eyes. Then one day last Spring the two Mallards disappeared. They returned again with 8 babies in late Autumn. Now the pool is continually like a dung heep. We are about to try the two strips of twine pegged in across the pool and we will let you know how they do. *I used an inflatable octopus ring toss toy. It is about 7 feet in diameter and stands about 3 feet tall. I've secured it in the center of the pool. Since I did that, I have not had one duck in the pool. Good Luck! *I have a waterfront home with a pool and the ducks just walk up the bank and have pool parties day and night. My neighbor said that a fake gator would scare them off, so we bought a 6ft. concrete one and painted it to look real. The ducks are actually sitting on top of it now! We bought a motion detector that emits a loud sound and flashes lights, but it didn't phase them. I tried using a water hose, but they like the fresh cool water. We also tried a low powered BB gun on their rear. That works, but the BB's end up in the pool and leave rust spots. I thought about having them for a BBQ but I can't do that. Ducks mate for life and anyone that can do that has my respect so I guess I'll give up and clean up. Good luck to all! *We went to our local pool store and bought a pengiun, a dolphin and I think a seahorse that bob around the pool like little punching bags. You fill the bottoms with water for weight and the bodies are filled with air. The ducks have not landed in the pool since we put them in. There is evidence of their presence on the rails of the pool (which is much easier to clean then the bottom of the pool) but not in the water itself. They were a whopping $2.49/each and worth every penny. *I understand that Disney uses a predator scent in their pools to keep ducks and other animals out. I have yet to find anything on the market. You could try real gator pee.
Well...yes and no! Imagine yourself at the pool, underwater. You CAN talk underwater, it just sounds like "bubble bubble blop bubble blip". The words you say are not understandable! It's the same with ducks (come to think of it, its the same with ALL animals!) If they quack underwater they still make a sound, it's just not understandable to other ducks (that we know of)!
Put a cover on your pool.
You could drain your pool and have it cleaned. Or just have a pool cleaner clean it for you. And next time use chlorine to prevent larvae from hatching in your pool.
Any one or thing swimming in the pool will reduce the amount of free chlorine available in the swimming pool. Dog hair body fats and other impurity's will take up free chlorine in the pool thereby reducing the amount of effective chlorine available. Dogs bring into the pool more contaminants than do humans for AA lot of various reasons.
Odds are against it as it would get diluted out with pool volume and chemicals act on it as well.
Extremely unsanitary - you could get quite sick from their poop.
The Mallard duck is the ancestral precursor to all domestic ducks except Muscovy ducks. The white ("Long Island duckling"), type of farm pond duck descended from and can still interbreed with mallard ducks. Although the domestic ducks are usually significantly larger, feral ducks often revert to mallard characteristics after a few generations. The mallard is the essential "type O" duck that dominates the duck gene pool. They're native only to the Americas but because of introduction they have been established on every continent except Antarctica. Mexican Ducks and Hawaiian Ducks are also mallard hybrids, and ornithological scientists now generally agree that all Black Ducks in existence are now carrying mallard DNA. They hang out with the white ducks, and vice versa, because they're "cousins" and share the same habits and characteristics in feeding, breeding, and nesting.
There are a number of different methods you could use to keep ducks away from your swimming pool. You could for example cover or drain your pool when you are not using it.
For the ducks, it is fine if they don't drink it. For your pool, not so much. They poop A LOT!
You cannot stop ducks from flying over the fence and into the pool. You can however treat the issue successfully and force the ducks to move on. Kings Duck Solution is the answer. Michael
Ducks love your pool because it is a safe place to stay, swim, preen and socialise. Ducks see you pool from above as a waypoint while doing their daily routine. Your task is to take your pool out of their daily routine and stay elsewhere longer or find another place. Products such as Kings Duck Solution will change their routine. Ducks will make your pool unhealthy and unsafe. There is nothing cute about ducks swimming in your pool. Do not encourage or feed them. Any duck dropping should be treated like and other fecal accident. If you are invited to swim in a pool with a duck issue - politely refuse.
if u have a filter
if u have a filter
Duck droppings are harmful if allowed to dry and harbor a mould that when ingested will cause long term illness. Mainly small children are at risk. The droppings in the pool will be sanitised by the pool chlorine however I would like to see the level of chlorine sanitiser at around 5ppm to be sure. Also make sure to clean the filter often.
Ducks can tolerate limited contact with chlorine pools. Since natural habitat is lost in urban areas, ducks have little choice. Set up a chlorine-free wading pool for wild mallards.
No, but if they swim in your pool a lot, the duck poop is going to make the water murky. Ducks and swimming pools are not a good combination. Pool sanitisers such as chlorine have no ill affect on the bird. Ducks like the pool environment as it is often a safe haven with clear water and unobtrusive surrounds. The duck droppings do have a negative effect on the pool water balance and will eventually clog the filter with the creamy white paste.