Cute as they are, ducklings are a poor pool accessory
Clay Thompson Arizona Republic USA TODAY NETWORK Reach Clay at 602-444-8612 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Clay is off today. Here’s a column first published April 20, 2011:
A handsome pair of ducks have taken a liking to our pool and mostly rocky backyard. If they plan to raise ducklings, how do I get them out of the pool, and what do I feed the little ones? Do I herd them to Tempe Town Lake, which is
about 300 yards away?
I’ve had three or four similar questions lately. I guess it’s the ducks-inthe-pool season.
So, do you herd them to Town Lake 300 yards away? Good luck with that, buddy. And I’m sure they could find Town Lake by themselves, what with them being ducks and all.
Now, handsome though they may be, and ducklings or not, the birds have to go unless you want to clean duck poop off your deck every day.
I am told there are a few non-toxic duck repellents on the market. I guess you scatter the stuff around your deck. You might ask at your pool-supply store about that.
I wonder if duck repellent would work on my masters. That might be worth exploring.
The most common anti-duck-in-thepool strategy I came across was to fill the pool as much as possible with beach balls or inflatable plastic alligators or stuff like that.
Or you could get some waterproofnylon rope and make sort of a grid over the pool, but I think the inflatable-toy plan would be easier.
One other plan: Look in the Yellow Pages for a wildlife-removal service. Let them herd them to Town Lake.
Does cat poop make good fertilizer?
Not really, especially not for vegetable gardens.
As a rule, the feces of carnivores are not very good fertilizers. Too many parasites and stuff.
Cat poop often has a parasite called toxoplasmosis, which is very nasty. And home compost heaps don’t get hot enough to kill it.