A community member in Northwest Bakersfield found a mother duck with multiple ducklings swimming in their pool this week.
The Mass Audubon has a list of prevention tips for what to do when ducks call your pool home:
If ducks are using the pool itself there is no health risk, as pool chemicals will neutralize duck waste. To encourage the ducks to leave:
- Purchase Mylar streamers, which are available in the crepe paper section at most party stores. Place three-foot high stakes in the ground at each corner of the pool, then stretch the Mylar from stake to stake across the pool to form an “X.” The flashing, uneven movement of the streamers normally frightens the birds away.
- Place a lightweight cover, such as a solar cover, over the pool when it is not being used.
- Try the harassment techniques described above.
- Do not waste money on plastic owls or snakes; birds quickly learn that the predator is a fake.
Find the information on their website here.