Do Mallard Ducks Land in Your Swimming Pool?

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Real Estate Agent with Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs CalBRE# 01339266

Mallard Ducks+Swimming PoolsA pair of Mallard Ducks decided to use our swimming pool as their personal pond and toilet.

Our poolman said this was a common problem around this time of year, but he didn't have a solution to get rid of them.

I went to our local pool supply store and the owner suggested we leave a large green alligator floating in the pool. I took his advice and bought an inflatable alligator (that I've since named "Oliver") and curiously watched to see what would happen.

Sure enough, the ducks came swooping down to land in the pool, took one look at the menacing looking alligator, and flew off quaking with fright!

"Oliver" is my new favorite hero.

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Rainmaker
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Andrew Mooers
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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Can you say "swimmers itch" or "beaver fever"? Not like Cat Stratch Fever Ted Nugent sang about.

April 19, 2011 10:12 AM
Rainmaker
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Glenn Roberts
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The answer is yes they do, but my pool is a lake and it's expected the Mallards will land there. Your solution is funny.

April 19, 2011 10:13 AM
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Jennifer Salems
North Shore Realty Team, Inc.

Funny and good solution.  Glad it worked for you.

April 19, 2011 10:21 AM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books
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Yes..we had them come regularly and at first, it is a sight to behold. When they return, it is like them saying that this is a must stop between destinations. then, you cannot help but wonder if they are relieving themselves in the pool. The fantasy is now over and let the alligators commence......

April 19, 2011 10:28 AM
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Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)

In NJ they always land in pools... but I would rather deal with a mallard than a goose, our real problems come from Canadian Geese that dont fly back to Canada anymore... nothing scares them away

April 19, 2011 11:39 AM
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Laura Gray
RE/MAX Realty Group

Stewart

 

Thanks for the chuckle and valuable information. I will look like a HERO from now on, for my clients that have pools. Love the simple solutions on life

April 19, 2011 11:50 AM
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Steven Pahl
Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423
Keller Williams Tampa Properties

We must have quite a few more bugs and mosquito's here in Florida than you do in Hollywood, our solution is to screen the entire pool area which keeps everything out.  Of course, the squirrels use it regularly as a short cut over the top which drives my dogs crazy.  One solution begets another problem!  Haven't you ever wondered how much "elimination" you are swimming in at the beach or in a lake?

April 19, 2011 11:50 AM
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Cynthia Larsen
Sonoma County Real Estate Broker
Safe Haven Realty

Great solution. Once they figure it out, they will be sitting on the alligators head.

April 19, 2011 12:23 PM
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker
Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs

UPDATE: Oscar seems to have found his favorite corner in the pool.

I just wish he was more energetic and swam laps :)

April 19, 2011 12:27 PM
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Jeff Craig
Greensboro Realtor/Broker/CSP/CNRS
Allen Tate Realtors/Smith Marketing Inc.

That is a funny solution.  Ducks made a home in my neighbors pool last year.  They would occasionally visit my yard.  My dogs were not happy.

April 19, 2011 01:03 PM
Rainmaker
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Kevin J. May

In or out of the pools here they are the messiest fowl ever.  If this works I'll be ecstatic Stewart.  We did have a live 8 foot gator patrol our pond which quelled their activity a few years ago but a safety issue came into question as you could imagine.  We'll see how it goes with vinyl instead. 

April 19, 2011 01:10 PM
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Kerrie La Guardia
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Yay for Oliver!  I want to go swimming!

April 19, 2011 05:24 PM
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Peggy Hughes
SF NYC LA
PHA/Peggy Hughes Associates - Professional Moving Organizer

Sometimes, the most simple solution is the best solution!  Glad "Oliver" is enjoying the southern CA sunshine...thanks for a great story.

April 20, 2011 09:41 AM
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David Ames
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Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco

LOL...brilliant!

April 20, 2011 03:34 PM
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Jeff Dowler CRS
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Stewart

LOL. We used to have ducks in our in-ground spa at our last house. They were there every spring, daily. What a great idea.

Jeff

April 20, 2011 09:25 PM
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