Be cautious of poolside pests

POOL owners are being warned of potential poolside pests this summer.

Local owner operator of Amalgamated Pest Control Gatton, Neil Ruthenberg, explained that with temperatures rising, home swimming pools can become the summer hangout for many uninvited guests including mosquitoes, wasps and spiders.

Neil said it should not be assumed that a spider on a pool bottom has drowned.

“During the summer months many spiders tend to be more common in moist, cool areas and often fall into swimming pools,” he said.

“People are inclined to think that a bug at the bottom of the pool must have drowned, when in fact that is not always the case.

“The funnel-web spider has the ability to trap a small bubble of air in hairs around the abdomen which aids breathing and floating – making it possible for them to survive up to 30 hours under water.

“Pools also offer an attractive environment for Redbacks, which commonly form webs on the water side of pool edging.”

Bees and wasps are other common poolside pests that can interrupt swimming time.

“Bees and wasps are attracted to water which they collect to take back to their nests to control temperatures.

“Things like fruity drinks and sweet poolside treats can attract certain species of wasps, increasing the danger of a poolside encountered sting,” Neil said.

In addition to bees and wasps, Australia is host to over 400 species of mosquitoes, which breed virtually anywhere that water pools exist.

Poorly serviced swimming pools and surrounding left-over puddles, can provide the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

“Mosquitoes are a serious pest threat, both for their biting nuisance and their ability to spread diseases such as Dengue Fever.

“Carefully monitoring chlorination levels in swimming pools this summer will help keep mozzies at bay.

“Awareness and preparation will help make poolside time much more enjoyable this summer, but there are effective barrier treatments available which can be applied to surrounding pool areas and vegetation for a more long term solution,” Neil said.

For more information about summer pest prevention, contact Amalgamated Pest Control on 131 961 or visit www.amalpest.com.au

Awareness and preparation will help make poolside time much more enjoyable this summer.

- Neil Ruthenberg

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