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Spring has sprung and the dastardly ducks are coming for a swim

09 September 2021

 by Angus Donald

One of our customers at Arundel has been trying to deal with ducks in her pool for some time.   The house backs onto a reserve and is very near to the Arundel Hills Country Club.  

It's not a good idea to let ducks take up residence in your pool because they deposit their droppings in the pool water and on the surrounds, which can contain nasties like E. Coli and Cryptosporidium which can make you quite ill.

The initial treatment to deal with ducks in the pool is using a product called No More Ducks.  This additive includes a formulation which breaks the surface tension of the water, and when the ducks land on it, they feel like they are sinking, and they don't like it.   The theory is that they leave in search of more duck-friendly water.

Unfortunately for our Arundel customer, the No More Ducks product does not last forever, and  the continual return of ducks meant a more permanent solution was desired.

As a result, APS installed a new pool blanket and roller on the pool, thereby removing the attraction for the ducks to visit.  Additional benefits of the blanket are that the customer is saving on water, given that pool blankets reduce evaporation by up to 97%, and the pool tends to need less chemicals to re-balance the water.

Happy customer, not so happy ducks.

Disclaimer:  No ducks were harmed in the telling of this story.

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