Top Ways to Keep Bees, Wasps and Other Unwanted Animals away from Your Pool


Nothing compares to a dip in a pool, right? But this might not be that fun if bees, wasps, frogs and ducks are using your pool as their new stomping grounds. Besides being a nuisance, these small insects and animals can be a health concern. Unless you’re ready to face the consequences of a bee or wasp sting, or share your favorite relaxing area, you must ensure that you keep them as far from your pool as possible. 

And how’s that even possible? 

This article covers efficient ways to keep them from your pool. Let’s find out how. 

Why Are Bees and Wasps in Your Pool?

To know how to keep bees and wasps off, you first have to understand what attracts them to your pool in the first place. Just like every human being, these insects also need to cool off. They’re also attracted to your pool because they need water to keep their bodies functioning. 

Typically, some species such as the foraging bees and wasps collect the water and bring it back to their nests. If the worker bees and wasps need more water in the nests, the foragers will have to fly back to your pool to collect more. Water is essential in keeping the hive’s interior cool during warmer temperatures.

But does that mean you have to risk your life and put up with bees and wasps invading your pool area? Not at all.

Tried and Tested Ways to Keep Bees and Wasps Away from Your Pool

Cover Your Pool

You could invest in an automatic pool cover. Although it can be a bit expensive, it’s worth every penny since it keeps bees and wasps away.

Just ensure that you cover up to the pool’s edges to prevent the insects from accessing the water. Besides keeping bees and wasps away, pool covers will keep your swimming pool clean and help drive away other insects such as mosquitos. No automatic cover? That’s ok! Use your bubble cover. Any covering will help.

Have Another Source of Water

If you’ve noticed hives within the vicinity of your backyard, the bees and wasps may keep flying back to your pool. An effective solution is to give them an alternative water source. Be sure to cover your pool first before using this method.

That way, your pool will no longer be the insects’ primary water source. An alternative source may entail a simple solution like using an old bird bath or filling a bucket with water. But whatever you do, ensure that the water never dries up. Otherwise, the insects might find their way back to your pool. 

Frogs and Other Small Critters

Having a thick garden area near the pool can provide a home to many small critters, including mice.  One of the best investments to keep frogs and small critters out of the pool is the Frog Log.  These little ramps give frogs, and other small critters, such as mice and squirrels, an easy escape route.  Placing them in areas where you notice them the most, near the thick garden area and around skimmer areas for example.  

Frogs love water, but they don’t like high chlorine levels, or low pH levels, as this environment isn’t safe for them, so keep your pool water in balance to help keep them at bay.

Another trick is to keep rubber snakes in the pool as frogs and some small critters are afraid of snakes (just warn grandma before she heads out for a relaxing soak and ends up running away as well!)


Ducks can affect your pH levels and increase the demand for chlorine in your pool as they are a messy visitor.  Try setting a few plastic owls around the pool area to try and discourage ducks from moving into your pool.

Another trick to deter ducks is to keep pool floats around the pool that resemble sharks or alligators.

Closing Thoughts 

With this quick guide, you’ll be fully equipped to deal with pests and keep them at bay for good. R&R Pools features various products and supplies for cleaning and maintenance.

Apart from keeping critters and bees away, our highly skilled technicians can help you protect your pool from pathogens, bacteria, and viruses. Contact us today to learn more about our world-class pool services.

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