A Dirty Duck Story

So, I live in southern California and I have a pool in my backyard.  We swim in the pool most of the year. But, being in Southern California we are rather used to the warm weather and don’t use it much in the winter.  For some reason this year a family of ducks seemed make our pool their new home.  It looks nothing like the duck ponds I grew up next to in the midwest.  However, they didn’t seem to care.

It first started out with just one or two ducks.  My kids and I fed them and named them and it was kind of cute…until they informed all of their friends about the pool and free food.  Suddenly, we had several ducks.  We ran out of old bread, but that didn’t stop them. And soon, there were babies.

As you can imagine, with ducks and food came well…duck poop.  It was in our pool, on our patio and somehow got tracked into the house onto our brand new carpets.  I was fit to be tied.  First plan of attack was to get the “stuff” cleaned up from the patio and pool.  It left stains so that was not fun trying to get out.  Then, my carpets.  Thank goodness I found San Clemente Carpet Cleaning!  They got everything out.

Next, how to get rid of the ducks… still working on that one. I am hoping that with warmer weather and migration patterns the ducks will kindly remove themselves.

During May and June and for a couple of weeks there will be tons of other birds visiting Southern California. I think some will stay for the summer months, but most of them will pass through.  Maybe the ducks will follow the the ones passing through.  All I know is that we will not be feeding any of the cute “ducks” next year.  We will save that for the duck ponds at the park.