How To Kill Mosquito Larvae In A Baby Pool

How do Mosquitos Get in a Kiddie Pool

how do mosquitos get in a kiddie pool

Nobody likes mosquitos. Their bites are one of the most annoying things about playing outdoors. They’re even worse when you’re swimming because you can’t feel them as quickly, and they are more painful to scratch when you’re wet. Wet skin can attract mosquitos.

Unfortunately, mosquitos and water are close friends. Mosquitos love to hunt near wetlands because they lay their eggs underwater, usually in still shallow pools. That’s why kiddie pools are especially susceptible to a mosquito population.

If you fill with untreated water and the pool has no filtration system, it can easily become home to mosquito larvae. Once you have them, it’s challenging to get them out without draining the pool entirely or treating the water with a chemical.

How to Kill Mosquito Larvae in a Baby Pool

how to kill mosquito larvae in a baby pool

If you think your kiddie pool has been infected with Mosquito larvae, there’s no reason to panic. You can follow a few simple steps to remove the larvae without even needing to drain the pool.

Chlorine

Chlorine will kill most insect larvae in high concentrations. Keep in mind this isn’t something you should use for an inflatable or temporary kiddie pool with no filtration system. However, if you have a permanent pool, this method is one of the most sure-fire ways to remove mosquitos.

Normal Chlorine levels won’t effectively kill all the larva. You’ll have to create high levels of chlorine, and this will make the pool unusable for at least 24 hours. Be mindful of the chemicals you buy and monitor the PH and PPM (parts per million) to know when the pool is being shocked and when it’s safe to reenter.

Mosquito Dunks

Mosquito dunks are one of the most popular ways of removing mosquitoes and mosquito larvae from pool water. The dissolvable rings attract the larvae and, once ingested, will kill them immediately. All you need to do is throw one or two rings in your baby pool and wait for nature to take its course.

The best part is that dunks require no removal or changing of the water chemistry after they’re applied. They are also harmless to people and animals. All you have to do is clean up the dead larvae after the job is complete.

Methoprene Granules

Methoprene Granules are another chemical solution to stopping larvae in a pool. They’re easier to distribute than Mosquito dunks because you can throw the granules all over the pool instead of depositing them in one or two key locations.

The granules work by inhibiting larvae development, ensuring their death in the earliest stages of their lifecycle. The granules last for about thirty days and should prevent future invasions as long as you do your best to prevent large mosquito populations in the area.

Household and Natural Solutions

There are several products you can find around your home that should eliminate mosquito larvae from your pool. You can try bleach, apple cider vinegar, dish soap, most oils, or shampoo to get rid of them.

However, if you think these solutions are safer than the granules or mosquito dunks, you might be mistaken. They will require you to rebalance your baby pool’s chemistry and, if done incorrectly, can have damaging effects on swimmers’ skin.

Can Kids Swim with Mosquito Eggs in a Pool

can kids swim with mosquito eggs in a pool

Swimming in a pool with mosquito eggs will cause no immediate harm to your children. The eggs can even be ingested as they will be destroyed by your stomach acid and cause no serious health risk.

Health Risks from Adult Mosquitoes

On the other hand, any pool with mosquito larvae will inevitably have adult mosquitos nearby. Adult mosquitoes will bite your children and cause severe discomfort and more problems if the child is allergic. Adult mosquitoes can also spread diseases like malaria.

Preventing Mosquito Larvae in a Kiddie Pool

preventing mosquito larvae in a kiddie pool

The best way to prevent mosquito larvae in a kiddie pool is to maintain healthy chlorine levels and have a proper filtration system so the water isn’t stagnant. If that’s not possible, you can try our recommendations below.

Use a Pool Cover to Prevent Problems

When you’re not using the pool, placing a cover over it will help prevent mosquitoes from entering it and laying their eggs. However, this is not a 100% effective solution. Mosquitoes are crafty creatures and can find their way under most covers. The dark environment underneath will make it even easier for them to breed.

Look for Stagnant Water Nearby

One of the best ways to keep mosquitoes out of your pool is to remove nearby populations. If you have puddles, a pond, or even a birdbath filled with stagnant water near your kiddie pool, it’s at a higher risk for an infection.

Try to remove this stagnant water or move your kiddie pool as far away as possible. You can also use a mosquito trap to catch adult mosquitoes before they infect the water.

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