How to keep ducks out of the outdoor pool?

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Our neighbor has a 4' high round pool that she just opened for the season, and was visited by ducks that don't want to leave. They are making a mess of it. Any suggestions, no dogs.


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  • Mogie Mogie on May 26, 2022

    1) Remove anything that might attract birds to your yard, such as a bird feeder or a bird bath. Take away all flowers or plants that might lure birds into your garden.


    2) Buy a fake replica of a predator to scare the birds away. Most people opt for owls, which can be placed in or hung from a nearby tree or awning. Some birds might respond better to rubber snakes or alligators placed around the perimeter of the pool.


    3) Keep the birds away by moving the predators every few days. Some pool owners think it is easier to buy a mechanical replica that detects motion. For example, some owl replicas will flap their wings or move their heads when they sense movement in your yard.


    4) Place a toy or object in the water when the pool is not covered. Some pool owners have used an inflatable dolphin will keep birds out of your swimming pool area.


    5) Choose a holographic product for a more aesthetically pleasing alternative, such as such as Irri-Tape. The combination of the movement and the light reflecting from the water surface will keep birds out of your swimming pool. Alternatively, some people like a product called Terror Eyes, which is a balloon with holographic eyes.



  • Maura White Maura White on May 27, 2022

    I know you said there are no dogs. But maybe you could get a bluetooth speaker near the pool with dog barking sounds coming from it.

    • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 27, 2022

      That is an idea. Not sure how'd they would respond to barking. The reason for no dog is because they are an older couple and her husband has Alzheimers, a lot on her plate. Dog care would be too much to handle.

      I have heard dogs are effective in running off geese, probably ducks too.

      Thank you.


  • Dee Dee on May 27, 2022

    Keep certain inflatable animal toys—alligators, killer whales, snakes, and dolphins—in the pool when you're not using them to scare off ducks.

  • We get ducks every year. Now they only show up when the pool cover is on...because when the pool is open there's so much activity they're scared and leave. We didn't have to go in it every day, but when we saw them, we would go out and kick and splash. After a few days of this activity, they realized it was not a safe place for them and left for calmer water.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 29, 2022

    Add a few plastic hawks and owls. Move them around. Plastic snakes as well. Works on other birds.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 30, 2022

    Keep the pool covered unless you are in it, is my best advice.

    • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 30, 2022

      icon Redcatcec


      Just now Thank you, it is hard to keep the pool covered, especially when they just went through the process of having a pool company open the pool. Sigh,

      What kind of cover are you suggesting?

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jun 01, 2022

    1. Put Out Some Animal Pool Toys When You're Not Around.
    2. Invest in a Solar Cover.
    3. Own a Dog.
    4. Install an Automatic Pool Cleaner.
    5. Put up Fishing Line.
    6. Buy Duck Off.
    7. Use a Motion-Activated Sprinkler.
    8. Use Bird Netting.


    • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 05, 2022

      Many thanks, really liked the one about #9 eye balls in the pool.