Keep mosquitoes away while enjoying your pool.

Keep mosquitoes away while enjoying your pool.

One thing there's no shortage in Florida is the mosquito. So, how can you beat the mosquitos back and enjoy relaxing by the pool? Here are some tips from the pros:

Purchase a waterproof mosquito repellent and apply it to your skin before swimming. Long-lasting formulas containing DEET or picaridin are best. While homemade or natural repellants containing lemon oil or eucalyptus also work, they must often be re-applied to maintain their effectiveness.

Keep several citronella candles on hand. Citronella is a natural mosquito repellent. Several candles placed around the swimming area in areas that are hard to reach for children and pets will add additional protection. 

Plant mosquito repelling plants. A little-known fact about those pesky mosquitoes is that there are individual plants that they can't stand. Foliage like citronella grass, catnip, vanilla leaf, and sagebrush, are living mosquito repellants and will look great around your pool!

Get rid of standing water. Old or stagnant water is a mosquito haven. Be sure to dump water out of the kids' pool toys or rafts and let them dry in the sun before putting them away. Also, check around the perimeter of your home for any water that might have been left standing after a rainstorm. These areas are breeding grounds for mosquitoes and need to be addressed as soon as they're discovered.

Be conscious of the time. Mosquitoes favorite "feeding" time seems to be at the times of day with the least exposure to the sun. So, while you might not need sunscreen to swim at dawn or dusk, you'll need to be protected from the mosquitoes. 

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Prepare Your Pool for a the warmer months in Florida.

Prepare Your Pool for a the warmer months in Florida.

Spring is almost here, and Florida is recovering from the deep freeze of Winter. Well not really. But unless you have a heated pool, your pool has probably not been used for many months. Summer will be here before you know it, but for most Floridians pool season starts when the weather warms up in the Spring. Will your pool be ready to help you beat the heat?

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Do I need a pool cover in Winter?

Do I need a pool cover in Winter?

Winter brings dropping temperatures, freezing rain/snow, ice, and whatever else Mother Nature can think up during these few cold months. So during Winter, it's not really an ideal time to go for a swim, even in Florida. Most people with pools consider their pool to be out of commission during the cold months, but is it essential to cover your pool during that time?

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

The benefits of LED pool lighting

The benefits of LED pool lighting

Just as there are few things as refreshing as a dip in the pool during a hot day, the atmosphere, aura, and ambiance of a superbly lit, night time pool are unbeatable. Proper pool lighting is also an essential factor in providing safety.

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