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    Will lighting the pool attract mosquitoes

    I am thinking of installing some lights in my agp but am worried about getting bitten to death by mosquitoes. What does everyone else do about this?
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    Re: Will lighting the pool attract mosquitoes

    Be careful if you are near a wooded area. I haven't found the increase in mosquitoes to be the problem so much as the bats that swoop down to eat them. Not very romantic...
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    Re: Will lighting the pool attract mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes are not attracted to light. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide that we exhale, so if you don't want to attract them then don't breath!
    Citronella torches and candles work well if you have them all around the perimeter of the pool and there are propanes driven mosquito attractors that you can use to keep them away from the pool. They aren't cheap but they do work!

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    OK, got it. Surround the pool with special torches, try not to breath, dodge bats and take on second job to pay for the propane driven mosquitoe attractor. Hmmmmm. Doesnt sound like much fun.
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    Re: Will lighting the pool attract mosquitoes

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    OK, got it. Surround the pool with special torches, try not to breath, dodge bats and take on second job to pay for the propane driven mosquitoe attractor. Hmmmmm. Doesnt sound like much fun.
    Either that or stock up on DEET!

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    Waterbear - what is DEET?
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    Waterbear - what is DEET?
    it's what used to keep hundreds of thousands of people in Africa from dying of malaria.
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    Colourific lights? How do you dodge the mosquitoes?
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    Waterbear - what is DEET?
    It's the active ingredients in products like Bullfrog and Off. It's a bug repellant.

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    DEET = N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide
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    Re: Will lighting the pool attract mosquitoes

    We had a bat for a bit come visit us at dusk.

    I used to go swimming right then, because it was kinda fun to have it swooping around inside our small fenced in backyard that is almost all pool.
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    I have to echo the bats being a problem more than mosquitos with the light. But then again, the bats are only there to eat the mosquitos so maybe it isnt a problem after all, but they(the bats) sure do like it when the light is on at night. I don't think you will have to worry too much about mosquitos, heck, just get back in the water since they can't bite under water.
    Install the lights and see how it goes.......you may not have many mosquitos at all to deal with and may not ever see a bat swooping the light. I had bats last summer at night swimming several times but haven't seen one yet this summer swimming after dark--granted I've only done that 2 or 3 times.
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    bats kind of freaked me out for awhile until i read more about them
    http://www.batsnorthwest.org/basic_bat_FAQs.html

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    OK I am encouraged. I will seek out an inexpensive light to give it a try and see what happens.
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    Re: Will lighting the pool attract mosquitoes

    Most people around here seem to have gone without a light after their first liner replacement. Total bug magnet in Winnipeg. We have floodlights on the garage that sort of light up the pool though.

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