How To Get Rid Of Ants Around Pool Areas – Our Guide

Ants can be a pain, can’t they? Especially when you enjoy your time around the pool on a nice hot day.

When it comes to getting rid of ants around your pool, there are a few different methods that you can try.

Each method has its own pros and cons, so it’s essential to choose the one that will work best for your situation.

This post will look at how to get rid of ants around pool areas.

How To Get Rid Of Ants Around Pool Areas

How to get rid of ants around pool areas

When ants invade your pool area, getting rid of them can be a real pain. They are a nuisance but can also be dangerous if left untreated.

Here are a few tips on how to get rid of ants around your pool:

  • Use a commercial ant killer or bait. Be sure to read the directions carefully and follow all safety precautions.
  • Block off any entrances to the pool area the ants may use. This includes cracks in the pavement, holes in the fence, etc.
  • Pour a generous amount of vinegar around the perimeter of the pool. Ants do not like the smell or taste of vinegar and will avoid it if possible.
  • Place citrus peels around the pool. Ants are repelled by the smell of citrus and will stay away from it.
  • Sweep or hoe any ant nests found in the pool’s vicinity. Be sure to dispose of the ants and their nests properly.

Let’s take a deeper look into getting rid of ants near your pool.

Ants love moist and dark areas, so they are drawn to your swimming pool

swimming pool ants

As you can readily see, ants love moist and dark areas. When an ant notices any excess moisture or darkness in your pool area, it instinctively begins to swarm there because the chances are that’s where the water is.

This situation is even worse because most people don’t frequently check their pool for potential leaks. It can take hours before a leak grows large enough to be spotted; by then, the whole yard has been contaminated with ants.

Ants are attracted to water and can often be found near a pool or other body of water. The first step in getting rid of ants around pool areas is identifying the problem. To determine if you have an ant infestation, look for trails leading up to your home’s foundation and small holes that may lead to it from outside. If you find these signs, do not panic!

6 things you can do to keep ants away from your pool

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There are a few things you can do to keep ants away from your pool:

  1. Keep the area around the pool clean and free of debris and other insects that ants may be attracted to. Use an ant repellent spray or granules around the edge of the pool.
  2. Ensure that any food or drinks you have while enjoying the pool are kept away from the edge, as ants are attracted to sugary substances.
  3. Treat the ground around your pool with diatomaceous earth or borax. Treat the ground around your pool with diatomaceous earth or borax. As these come in powder form, you can only use them when the weather is good, and there is little wind. Alternatively, you can mix them up with honey or another sweet substance to be used as bait. **Before using borax, click here to read how to use it safely**
  4. Use an ant trap near the water’s edge of your swimming pool. When ants invade your swimming pool area, taking action quickly is essential. One way to get rid of ants near your pool is to place an ant trap close to the water’s edge. Setting traps near your pool will direct the ants straight to the bait instead of your pool. The ants will take the poisoned bait back to the colony, which will help to eliminate them. Be sure to place the ant trap in an area where it will not be disturbed by water or kids.
  5. Lemon – use lemon to spray on any ants near your pool.
  6. Vinegar – the same method applies. Make a spray bottle full of vinegar and use it for any ants you see.

Keep ants away from your pool by keeping food away from the surrounding area.

When you have an outdoor pool, keeping your food away from the area is essential. This is because ants will be attracted to the food, and they can create a nuisance around your pool.

There are a few ways to keep ants away from your food and pool area:

  • Use a picnic table or other raised surface to keep food off the ground
  • Put food in covered containers or the fridge
  • Keep garbage cans away from the pool area
  • Use a patio umbrella to shade your food

If all else fails – boiling water can be used

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Note: You can use boiling water to get rid of ants, but you must be extremely careful not to get any boiling water on you, anyone near you, or any electrical items.

I use boiling water to get rid of ants outdoors because it works instantly.

Boil some water and carefully pour it on any ants or ants’ nests you can see.

This is the fastest way to get rid of ants around your pool area!


It’s no secret that ants love water; they need it to survive. So that’s why you’ll often find them near swimming pools and other sources of moisture.

While most people think that the best way to get rid of ants is to use harsh chemicals, several natural methods work just as well – or even better (such as lemon or vinegar).

The biggest and the best thing you can do to stop ants from getting near your pool area is to store food correctly, mop up spillages, and clean up any leftover food. These things attract ants the most (aside from water), so limit the chances of getting ants near your pool by keeping the area tidy!

Following these tips can help keep ants away from your pool and enjoy a relaxing swim without worrying about these pesky insects.


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DIY Pest Control Enthusiast Since 1996

After spending the entire night lying awake in a cockroach-infested hotel, I have driven myself to build knowledge on all things pest control. Since then, I've tested pest control techniques to see what works and what doesn't. Now, here I am giving you all the info I have learned!

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