Owning a house with a pool is quite a luxury in the summer. You can take a dip to cool off anytime you want, lounge by the water with a good book, and host pool parties that go into the wee hours.
“Pools can attract mosquitoes and provide them with a breeding ground. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, and a pool that is not properly maintained can become a prime location for them to breed,” says Shannon Harlow-Ellis, technical specialist and associate certified entomologist for Mosquito Joe.
Four to seven days after eggs hatch, the larvae become biting adult mosquitoes and can take over your backyard.
Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying—they also carry dangerous diseases like Zika and West Nile virus. Some are so stealthy, you won’t even know you’ve been bitten until you’re suddenly sporting a puffy, itchy bump.
Here are some tips to keep mosquitoes at bay so you can enjoy your time by the pool.