Swimming pools that are not maintained grow algae and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. One neglected swimming pool can produce millions of mosquitoes and infect an entire neighborhood putting you and your family at risk for West Nile virus.
WHAT CAN THE DISTRICT DO ABOUT A NEGLECTED POOL?
- Work with the property owner or a realtor to ensure the pool is not producing mosquitoes
- Place mosquitofish in the pool to eat the mosquito larvae
- Put a product in the pool that inhibits or kills the larvae
- Help you manage the pool so mosquitoes are not produced
Please note that these actions stop mosquito production; however the pool water may remain dirty and dark until it is properly filtered and chemically maintained. During this time, it is very important to NOT add chlorine to the water because this will kill the mosquitofish and allow mosquitoes to be produced.
The best way to prevent mosquitoes in a pool is to keep it clean or drain it. However if a pool is neglected, District technicians will add mosquitofish to the pool. While it will still be dirty, it will no longer produce mosquitoes or pose a public health threat.