While some might not realize it, there are multiple species of frog that are common in the state of Utah. And while these are generally harmless creatures that improve the environment, there are a few places you don’t want them spending time — and one of these is your swimming pool.
At Packman’s Pools, we’re here to not only offer comprehensive swimming pool construction services, but also to offer basic tips on the care and maintenance of your pool for years into the future. Are frogs or other small animals a presence on your property who you’d like to keep away from your pool? This two-part blog series will go over some basic tips on why this is a good idea, plus how you can go about protecting your pool from frogs and other wildlife.
Why Swimming Pool Frog Prevention is Important
Frogs, along with other amphibians and reptiles that are similar to them, may not attack or cause physical harm to humans — but this doesn’t mean they’re completely safe. Specifically, they’re known to carry salmonella and other dangerous bacteria, and contact with these contaminants may risk human health.
For these reasons, you definitely don’t want frogs and other amphibians spending too much time on your pool deck or in your swimming pool. Fortunately, there are multiple steps you can take to keep them away from your property — which Packman’s Pools will cover shortly.
Trim Trees and Remove Foliage from Pool Perimeter
One primary method for preventing frogs and other amphibians from taking up residence near your pool is by cutting trees and other foliage in this area. While you may not have planned to do this when first building your swimming pool, removing any foliage that surrounds the outside of your property can help deter frogs and other animals from spending too much time there.
How exactly will trimming trees and cutting back shrubs reduce these amphibians? Frogs tend to be wary of open water sources — so for them to traverse the space surrounding your pool, it can be helpful if they don’t have to jump over anything. This is especially important in more urban areas where trees and shrubs are most prevalent, as other types of animals may also use these safe paths before ending up near your swimming pool.
By cutting down any branches that hang close to the pool deck, or cutting back bushes that are near the outside of your property, you can remove much of this potential threat.
Remove Potential Frog Food Sources
Much like humans, frogs need to eat food to survive. For this reason, many of these amphibians may be inclined to frequent your swimming pool if there’s any type of food — such as bugs — that they can find around the perimeter.
In fact, studies have shown that frogs tend to spend more time in swimming pools when these food sources are present — so by removing any potential food that may be lingering nearby, you can keep these animals at bay.
For more on how to prevent frogs and other small insects from invading your pool, or to learn about any of our swimming pool or spa services, speak to the staff at Packman’s Pools today.