Look Before You Leap (Into That Pool!): Reasons Why

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Look Before You Leap (Into That Pool!): Reasons Why

Look Before You Leap (Into That Pool!): Reasons Why

21 July 2017
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Summer is pool time. It is also mosquito time. The two are actually related, too. The more water there is around your property, the more likely you will be eaten alive by mosquitoes. Before you jump into your pool, you may want to take a very close look at the pool water, especially if the pool has been untouched for several days. Here is why:

Female Mosquitoes Lay Eggs in Standing Water

The female mosquitoes are the ones that suck your blood. They have to if they are going to have enough energy to produce tons of eggs and then lay all of those eggs before dying. The more disturbing part here is that the female mosquitoes are fairly indiscriminate about where they lay their eggs, so long as the water is relatively still for a long period of time.

That means you could be jumping into a mosquito nursery and not even know it! Thousands of mosquito eggs and larvae could be dwelling in your pool right now. Nasty thought, is it not?

Peek into the Water

Take a really close look at your pool water. If necessary, scoop a large mason jar of the stuff out. If you see anything small and wriggly that almost looks like a brine shrimp, congrats. You are the proud owner of a giant mosquito larvae nursery.

What Could Happen If You Got into the Pool with the Larvae

Thankfully, mosquito larvae have not reached the blood-sucking stage yet. The thought of swimming with thousands of them is just gross. They feed on microbes, bacteria, and algae, two of which are commonly found on human skin. If you did jump in the pool with these baby biters, they would more or less eat the bacteria and microbes on your skin.

Avoiding the Pool and Mosquito Control

Since your pool is now a ticking time bomb for mosquitoes en masse, you should definitely avoid the pool and then call mosquito control specialists. They will tell you what you can do to kill the larvae, clean the pool, and then prevent another infestation. Usually, this involves a lot of chlorine, which poisons the larvae, an excellent filtration system to sift their little worm-like corpses out of the water, and then using and excellent bug-resistant pool cover whenever the pool is not in use. If the thought is just too gross, you may also empty your pool, scrub it down, clean it out, and start fresh.

Contact a company like Houston Misting for more information and assistance. 

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A few weeks ago, my sweet spouse brought home several tomato plants a friend had given him. My husband immediately put the small plants in pots. Every day, my spouse and I checked the plants to see whether they needed water. When the plants started growing tall, my spouse purchased stakes to brace them up with. He also invested in fertilizer to provide the plants with the nutrients they needed to grow. One day, when he went to look at the plants, he was excited to see several small tomatoes sprouting. That night, we celebrated our first gardening success as man and wife. On this blog, I hope you will discover simple gardening tips to help you grow your first crop of fruits or vegetables. Enjoy!

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