Frogs can be a major hassle especially if you own a swimming pool. Amphibians love water and your swimming pool looks like a natural watering hole to ol’ kermit and his pals.
Odds are good that at some point you may have removed your skimmer bucket only to be confronted with the dreadful sight of a few dead frogs. You might have also been fortunate enough to scoop one of these critters from the water before it drowned.
It isn’t simply frogs who are affected. Mice, moles, chipmunks, turtles, lizards, and other animals are frequently seen in swimming pools for one simple reason: animals, like humans, are drawn to water. Your backyard pool is a man-made oasis for your family, but also resembles a natural pond to innocent unsuspecting creatures.
Why is it important to try and keep frogs and other animals out of your pool?
Wildlife in your swimming pool is typically bad news for the health of your water chemistry. Salmonella and other harmful pathogens can be carried by amphibians such as frogs and many other reptiles. Other animals may have hazardous bacteria on or in them, especially if they relieve themselves (take a poo) in panic or just to obey nature’s call while looking for a way out of the pool. It’s very common for animals to get trapped in a swimming pool and if this has been a recurring problem for you, read on for some helpful hints on how to mitigate the issue of animals finding their way into your pool.
Animals Think Pools Looks Like Ponds
First off, it’s important to understand that animals like frogs need to be near water to survive. It’s unfortunate that they can’t really make a distinction between a safe, natural pond and a chemically treated manufactured swimming pool. Many other creatures may fall into your pool by accident or purposefully jump in without realizing what they’ve done. Once that happens, it’s usually too late unless you happen to notice a struggling animal in the pool.
Unfortunately animals will have a hard time finding their way out of pools once they’ve fallen in. Without an obvious exit, wildlife will just paddle around in the water til they’ve exhausted themselves while desperately attempting to escape the water. It’s sad, but eventually they get drawn into your filter system and wind up drowning.
Small animals, particularly amphibians like frogs and salamanders, can quickly become poisonous from the treatments used in most pools because their skin is very absorbent and easily pulls hazardous chemicals into their bodies. Imagine a sponge for harmful chemicals swimming around in your water. That’s a delightful thought.
Dead animals of any kind, of course, are breeding grounds for undesirable bacteria. There’s a reason we’re naturally revolted by the sight and smell of decay: it’s never a good idea to hang out with the dead. Any dead animal should be immediately removed from the pool and the water should be chemically treated as soon as possible before allowing swimmers to return to the water.
If at all possible, you should keep these critters out of your pool and skimmer bucket. It’s just a major hassle for some homeowners to effectively keep animals from accidentally dying in the pool.
When it comes to keeping frogs out of your pool, basically homeowners have a few alternatives. Let’s look at a few of them, ranging from proactive prevention to in-pool escape measures…
Turn off the lights at night
If you keep your pool lights on all night, you might as well put up a sign that says “Open For Dinner, Taking Reservations”. It’s common knowledge that lights attract insects, which in turn is bound to attract a large number of frogs to your swimming pool – especially if you keep the lights on at night.
Give them an escape route
Frog logs are a gadget that allows small creatures, such as amphibians and other animals, to effortlessly exit your pool on their own. Relatively inexpensive to purchase, you simply hang one over the pool’s edge to allow the slimy rascals to escape the water instead of making it their final resting place. Adding one of these ramps to your pool will not keep frogs out, but it will reduce the amount of dead ones you have to scoop out. Don’t have a frog log? No problem, dangle a bodyboard halfway over the edge of the pool to aid your amphibious companions in their escape.
Cover the pool with a cover
Here’s an obvious one. A pool cover protects the pool but also acts as a protective barrier to keep small animals from getting in the swimming pool. It has numerous advantages, one of which is that it keeps frogs out.
There are two types of safety covers: solid vinyl and mesh safety covers. A safety cover provides good peace of mind by preventing children and dogs from accidentally slipping below and becoming trapped. Metal anchors secure the cover in place on each of them.
The majority of coverings can hold up to 200 pounds of weight. This should be more than adequate in helping prevent frogs from getting into the pool. If you don’t have a cover and need a quick fix, a tarp would suffice. Weigh it down with a couple of strategically placed rocks.
Keep your yard trimmed, weed-free, and debris-free
Frogs like to linger around in long grass, so keep your lawn maintained. Whack away the weed patches while you’re at it, because otherwise the varmints would use them as hideouts.
You’ll also want to get rid of any stacked wood or large boulders, as these make excellent hiding spots. Your amphibious friends enjoy to hide in shrubs, ferns, and leaf piles, so make sure you remove those as well.
Keep The Water Circulating
Frogs generally dislike flowing water. This is because frogs can only deposit their eggs when the water is still. Naturally, they prefer motionless water. So, to thwart their intentions of using your pool is a hangout, invest in a water feature that adds an element of moving water.
Heat Your Pool
Because frogs receive oxygen through their skin, they prefer water that is highly oxygenated. In cold water, there is significantly more oxygen than in warm water. Frogs prefer cooler water because it contains more oxygen and is therefore more appealing to them. Heating your pool essentially cooks any tadpole eggs before they can form and creates an inhospitable environment for frogs.
Finally, keep your pool clean. Nothing says natural watering hole for frogs like a pool teeming with algae. Your pool might as well put a large sign on it that reads, “FROG HOTEL” at that point. You need to come up with a strategy to make it less appealing. Keeping your pool sparkling blue and clear is one recipe to dealing with less maintenance. You won’t have to scoop up disgusting dead frogs, which is better for you and much better for your water chemistry.
In Dallas For The PSP Deck Expo? Visit Thanks-Giving Square
We’re in Dallas for the 2021 International Pool Spa Patio Expo. It’s still a few days until the show actually starts, but there is so much to do in the city that you might just want to come a day or two early so that you can get the full experience. A stroll through the downtown area is a must if you’ll be in town for the Expo this week. After all, this is a city steeped in rich architecture. As frequent visitors, it would be remiss of us to visit without highlighting one of the best water features in the city – Thanks-giving Square.
In Town for the PSP Deck Expo? Visit The Incredible Water Feature at Thanks-Giving Square
The scenic and soothing water features are the centerpiece of the park and are definitely one of those iconic tourist attractions you really need to see for yourself. Located less than a mile from the actual Convention Center at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, it’s a definite must-see for anyone visiting the city. A serene and tranquil oasis in the center of the hustle and bustle of the Dallas downtown area, Thanks-giving Square is a place for meditation and reflection.
The soothing sounds of moving water permeate the square, drowning out the noise of daily life in the 9th largest city in the United States. First planned in 1964 after the Kennedy assassination and completed in 1976, this beautiful spiritual center has brought together people of different faiths, cultures, and traditions for over 45 years.
The Great Fountain’s flowing waters provide a tranquil ambiance ideal for reflection and contemplation. Visitors from all over the world, remark on the exceptionally planned public space.
The bell tower, which is supplemented by a nearby mosaic of Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Golden Rule” picture, punctuates the space to the west.
Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the park is the chapel which features a curving white edifice symbolizing the spiral of life and the human spirit. Visitors remark at the exceptional beauty of The “Glory Window,” a beautiful stained glass masterwork, located on the upper level.
Garden: Open every day 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Chapel of Thanks-Giving: Open every day: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hall of Thanks-Giving: Open for special events or by appointment only
Address: 1627 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
Don’t Just Build a Pool, Create an Experience
Your backyard is more than just a yard. Especially over the last year and-a-half, as people looked for ways to enhance their homes as they quarantined, the backyard is now an important extension of the home. The outdoor environment you create should be a reflection of your personality, your preferences, and your priorities.
But how do you ensure you get the environment you want? If you’re adding a pool to your yard, your first step should be to find a credentialed pool designer.
“The homeowner should do their homework before they hire a designer,” advises Feras Irikat, Director of Design & Marketing for Lunada Bay Tile and GENESIS® faculty member. “I’m a fan of clients interviewing several people prior to picking the one. This is going to be a kind of relationship, so you have to have that connection. Take your time to meet them and feel like they are really understanding what you want.”
Kate Wiseman, MLA, Principal Landscape Designer for Sage Outdoor Designs and GENESIS® faculty member, agrees. “I’m in the camp of designers who believe that there is no such thing as good design, there’s only good design for a specific person.” Wiseman teaches a GENESIS® course called “Mind Reading Your Clients” that teaches pool designers how to get the information they need from their clients in order to create a pool the clients will love.
“As the designer, I need to understand how they are going to use the space, how many people do we need to get into this space, is it being used by small children or not, do they care more about looks or functionality. It’s on and on and on,” she explains.
Irikat also likes to ask big-picture questions when meeting clients for the first time. “What is this going to contribute to your life? What is it going to add? What kind of value do you want to get out of this environment or this space?”
And he does mean the entire outdoor space—not just what you want from your pool, but from everything else you’ll be doing around the pool, whether that’s hosting friends and family or cooking or relaxing.
Once the functionality part is determined, it’s time to discuss aesthetics. Wiseman and Irikat both ask clients to find pictures of things they think are beautiful, or that they have an emotional connection to. “You can give me a picture of a kitchen if you love that kitchen,” Wiseman jokes. “An initial client mistake is that they show the designer scope-of-work elements, like a waterfall. No, no, you can just tell me you want a waterfall. I need to see five things you think are gorgeous.”
“I always ask them to pull pictures of something they connect with visually,” Irikat says. “A lot of times, they connect with something and they start describing the feeling that they have: this makes me happy, this makes me relaxed, this makes me feel like I’m in a sanctuary. All these emotions are an important part of the design process.”
This may seem like a big-time commitment before any groundbreaking even takes place, but Wiseman assures you that it will be well worth it. “The time investment on the part of the client early pays back in tenfold during the project,” she explains. “Just give me those couple of hours to really get to know you and what you need and then I can roll with it. You’ll end up with something that is surprisingly personalized and you’ll love it.”
“Good design has to deliver on the experience as a whole,” says Irikat. “You’re not in the pool 24/7, but you can be outside that pool looking at that pool. If you create the proper space to really take in that visual of the pool, you appreciate it so much more and you’re going to love it a lot more.”
“Especially for the luxury buyers, I’m always startled at how much someone is willing to pay for the construction of the pool and how hesitant they are to pay for the design,” Wiseman says. “It is such a small percentage of the overall budget to have a designer involved. And the payoff is huge. Having a designer involved does not automatically mean it’s going to be more money or more than you wanted to spend. It just means that they’re going to take all of your ideas and make them better.”
To find a credentialed pool designer, Wiseman and Irikat recommend visiting the GENESIS® website, genesis.phta.org, and looking at the list of Certified Expert Pool Builders and Certified Master Pool Builders.
These are professionals who have earned third-party certifications after completing coursework in construction, design, and engineering, including Irikat’s “Color Theory and Its Application” course.
Certified individuals have a strong foundation and understanding of design principles that can take clients’ pools from satisfactory to a masterpiece.
“You can get a pool without a designer,” says Wiseman, “but you can’t get an exceptional pool without a designer.”
Irikat emphasizes, “You can’t get an experience without a designer.”
Halloween Pool Party Decorations & Ideas
Throwing a Halloween Pool Party? Here are 5 great ideas you can use.
If you’re one of the fortunate homeowners to live in an area of the country where you can enjoy your pool year-round, why not throw a Halloween Pool Party? Since you’ve got your swimming pool open, incorporating it into your Halloween theme is a fun way to bring the backyard into your decoration plans.
Some homeowners choose to go all out with their backyard decor when it comes to Halloween. Consequently, when choosing decorations for your backyard, there are plenty of fun and safe ways to bring your swimming pool in on the act.
Hanging up decorations, spooky lighting, and incorporating fun-themed games into your pool party are all great ways to set the tone for your Halloween Pool Party. Since family and friends will be coming by to enjoy the holiday, why not go the extra mile and put up some scray accents around the pool area? Adding a few well placed decorations will definitely liven up the backyard and break it into the theme of the season. Here are a few of the scary decorations we’ve seen that should inspire you for your own scary pool party ideas.
If you’re planning on throwing a pool party for Halloween, here are some great last-minute ideas you can use.
5 Halloween Pool Party Ideas
Set Up Halloween Themed Floating Pool Lights
These popular battery powered waterproof pool floats set the tone for a fun and spooky evening in the backyard. The perfect Halloween themed floating pool decorations for your swimming pool.
These fun remote-controlled pool floats come in a set of two. There are 16 different colored lighting variations to choose from. Hang them from a tree, place them on the lawn or in the swimming pool. These Halloween Pool Lights are a fantastic addition to your backyard decor.
Play a Game of Spider Ring Toss In The Pool
If you’re having a Halloween-themed pool party you definitely want some fun games around to speak to the occasion. This fun spider ring toss game incorporates a fun halloween theme into the equation.
Swimmers can challenge each other by tossing rings into the spider’s legs. The challenge gets crazier when competitors try and splash the spider or the ring thrower!
Make Dual Use of This Zombie Drink Cooler
No halloween party would be complete without a spooktacular place to store your favorite party beverages. This inflatable Zombie-themed party cooler is absolutely perfect for any Halloween party.
Whether you use it to keep the beverages cool or make double use of it as a place to hold a bobbing-for-apples competition, this Halloween-themed decor is sure to please.
Set Up Ghosts For Your Halloween Themed Pool Party
One great way to create your ultimate Halloween-themed pool party is by setting up accent decorations throughout the backyard. These great ghost decorations work fantastic when coordinating a Halloween-themed pool party. They hang easily and can be placed around the backyard for spooky decor.
The eyes light up on all of the ghosts and they come in a convenient three-pack of blue, green, and red-lit-eyed ghosts.
Install Halloween Themed Outdoor Lighting
Light up the night around your pool and patio area with these fantastic Halloween Themed solar lights. The flickering fire effect the lights throw off provides the spooky ambiance you’re looking for to create your ultimate Halloween pool party theme.
Easy to install, this 4 pack of solar-powered simulated flickering flame lights for your pool and patio area, are the ideal Halloween decoration for your pool party theme. Couple with some glow-in-the-dark decorations to really set the mood in the backyard.
We hope we’ve given you some inspiring ideas on ways you can spice up your pool and patio area for the season. This Halloween, try some of these spooky decoration ideas. From all of us here at Pool Magazine, have a happy, safe, and fun Halloween.
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