Do swimming pools attract mosquitoes?

Summertime in New England! The weather is warm and the days are perfect for cookouts, picnics, and taking a dip in the pool. But while you’re enjoying the backyard pool, are the mosquitoes enjoying you? Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying, they can also spread various diseases, such as West Nile or Zika. Here’s some important information for residents of Hampden, Wilbraham and the surrounding areas about swimming pools and mosquitoes.

Swimming Pools and Mosquitoes

Many of us know that mosquitoes thrive in warm, moist environments, but what kind of moisture do they prefer? The best breeding grounds for mosquitoes are locations where stagnant water is present. That’s because mosquitoes need to be able to land on the water surface in order to lay eggs. During the warm summer months, you’ll probably see mosquitoes near sources of standing water, such as bird baths, kiddie pools, and garbage receptacles.  

What About Swimming Pools and Mosquitoes?

Typically, your backyard swimming pool won’t be a suitable breeding ground for mosquitoes for two reasons:

  1. If you use a pool filter, the water is constantly circulating and therefore not stagnant.
  2. Most backyard pools are treated with chemicals such as chlorine. While chlorine doesn’t kill mosquitoes, it will inhibit larvae growth.

Unless your backyard pool is untreated and unfiltered, or you have chosen not to open it and the cover has collected stagnant water on top of it, then generally mosquitoes won’t be attracted to it.

So Why Are There Mosquitoes in my Backyard?

Just because your pool doesn’t attract mosquitoes itself, doesn’t mean mosquitoes won’t be attracted to other aspects of your backyard. These can include the aforementioned sources of stagnant water, vegetation, humid weather, and humans!

If you’re at your wits end with mosquitoes on your property, consider trying out some of our prevention tips. Or if you’d like help from the pros, feel free to schedule a residential mosquito treatment with Graduate Pest Solutions!

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