Why do Pools Attract Insects?

Imagine this: you walk excitedly towards the pool, intending to have a good time and relax. Instead, you are greeted by murky water, swimming bugs or floating bug bodies. It’s a terrible thing, not only is it unpleasant and detrimental to your pool experience, but you also have to endure the discomfort to clean it up. Why do pools attract these insects? How can we solve this problem? First, we need to identify what insects are in the water.

Insects Commonly Found in Swimming Pools

Flies or Bees

Bee in the Pool

During the daytime, you may see some flying insects accidentally fall into the pool, such as flies or bees. These insects may have gotten in by mistake because they need to suck up water or look for food. None of them can swim and will eventually drown in it.


Insects with phototropic properties

Night time, on the other hand, is the peak activity time for small insects like moths. Most of them are phototropic and are attracted to the bright lights around the pool. Scientists have found that phototropic insects can perceive different wavelengths of color and are more attracted to shorter wavelengths of light. In addition, some small insects are even thermophilic and are attracted to objects that generate a lot of heat. Many small insects fall into the water by accident or exhaustion while flying around the pool.



These nasty bloodsucking insects love stagnant water. They lay their eggs in stinky gutters, cesspools and swimming pools where the water quality is poor and has not been changed for a long time. These places are warm, nutrient-rich and perfect for mosquilarva to thrive.

Why do Some Ponds have Fewer Bugs than Swimming Pools?


The reason for this is that a pond is a micro-ecosystem containing a variety of microorganisms, plants and animals. In a pond, animals such as fish and frogs feed on small insects. The lighting around the pond also acts as a large insect trap, attracting insects that are in turn preyed upon by the animals around the pond. Aquatic plants increase the oxygen content of the water and purify it. This micro-ecology limits the growth of the insect population.

Is it Possible to Completely Prevent Insects from Entering the Pool?

Apart from covering the pool completely, I’m afraid that the only way to completely prevent them is to make the area free of insects. But don’t worry, there are a number of measures we can take to greatly reduce the likelihood of insects and improve the water quality of your pool.

Lighting Pools and Yards with LED Products

Pools and patios with LED lighting

LEDs are a cold light source and do not produce UV light. Light emitting diodes emit light with a high energy conversion rate (over 90%) and low energy loss. As a result, LEDs are not only more energy-efficient and longer-lasting than other conventional lighting products, they are also less attractive to mosquitoes. In today’s world, LEDs are the most common choice for lighting pools or patios.

Garbage Removal

Clearing leaves from swimming pools

Clean up household garbage, rotting leaves and other objects that have fallen in or around the pool. These organic materials attract flies and breed mosquitoes.

Regularly Trimming Plants

Ensure that plants growing around the pool are in good condition. Trim and clean them regularly to prevent dead branches and leaves from falling into the water. These can affect the water quality of your pool and even breed mosquitoes when they decay.

If there are lush weeds and other plants growing around the pool, it is best to pull them all out. This will not only reduce mosquito nuisance, but also prevent snakes from being attracted to the area and jeopardizing personal safety.

Try Not to Plant Flowers Around the Pool

Flowers attract bees when they are in full bloom. It would be a shame if these industrious little guys accidentally fall into the pool while collecting nectar. In addition, fading petals can greatly increase the amount of work involved in cleaning up.

Planting Insect Repellent Plants

anti-mosquito plant

Plants such as mint have a distinctive odor that most small insects hate. Planting these plants around your pool can effectively repel insects.

If bees or butterflies will be present near your home please consider carefully whether to plant. Some varieties of mint may attract these little guys when in bloom.

Cleaning the Pool

Aside from regular water changes and cleaning, you can also use chlorine or other pool sanitizers. These chemicals are not only effective in stopping insects and some microorganisms from colonizing the water, but they also prevent further deterioration of the water quality. Always follow safety measures and instructions when using chemicals. Overuse may be detrimental to your health. If the pool is not going to be used for a long period of time, it is best to drain the water.


Bugs in the pool can contaminate the water and add to our cleaning efforts. But don’t worry, bugs have a completely controlled impact on the pool. We can replace traditional lighting with LEDs and take measures corresponding to the type of bugs. Finally, I wish you find the right way to solve the problem and enjoy a good time in the pool.

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