Caring for your Swimming Pool to Prevent Mosquito Breeding
The most important factor in swimming pool care is to keep the water clean and disinfected at all times to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes and contamination of bacteria. The correct use of swimming pool grade chemicals and good management of the disinfection, filtration and recirculation system will keep the swimming pool in a clean, safe and healthy condition.
Caring for your Swimming Pool while you are away on holidays or if the pool is not in use
Many of us may forget that swimming pools still need to be maintained even when we may not be using them. If they are not properly maintained the pool may become a mosquito breeding site, creating a nuisance for both yourself and your neighbours. Below are some simple preventative measures that can be taken to avoid this:
- Run the filter on a regular basis as required. A timer can be used to allow the filter to operate around 2-3 hours each day.
- Do not simply turn the filter off during winter or periods when the pool is not in use. By maintaining the pool during this period it will take much less time, effort and money to adjust the pool water correctly for the next use.
- Place a pool cover over the swimming pool to prevent entry by pests. Ensure that during rain periods the water on the surface of the cover is removed to prevent pooling.
- Regularly chlorinate your swimming pool and maintain disinfection levels.
- Remove accumulated leaf matter from the surface of the pool water.
- Place domestic kerosene over the surface of the water to kill mosquito larvae present in the water and prevent further breeding.
- During the mosquito breeding season, the kerosene may need to used on a regular basis as it will evaporate from the surface of the water within 2-3 days.
Cleaning the pool
The swimming pool should be cleaned regularly including vacuuming and scrubbing the walls. Backwashing should be undertaken at least weekly and must not enter the stormwater system. The water used to backwash the filter must be disposed of into the sewer or into separate underground soakage system if in an unsewered area.