Mosquito Like Animals On Pool Water

by Diana
(South Africa)

Water Bugs

Water Bugs

Water Bugs

In my small pool at the moment I must have about 20 - 30 of these very fast moving mosquito like animals skimming across the water.

I have just shock treated my pool but they are still there.

What are they and how do I get rid of them?

Thanks for the question Diana

You really shouldn't have mosquitoes in your pool. They don't like moving water and it's hard for them to breed. They prefer stagnant old water. I'm wondering what kind of landscaping you have around the pool.

Do you have any plants or shrubs that might contribute to this problem? Are there other areas in your yard that could have stagnant water such as small holes or run off areas?

There is a commercially available product called the Mosquito Trap. DEET also work well for eliminating them. Simple Catnip oil is a good safe remedy for mosquitoes as well.

The best way to get rid of them in and around your pool is to eliminate the areas in which they breed. Fill all the holes where water can collect and go over your area very well to ensure there's no standing water.

Unfortunately much of the world has banned DDT. While it was over-used for years, and had some environmental concerns, when carefully and properly administered, it can keep mosquitoes away for a long time.

Shocking the pool normally doesn't prove successful in getting rid of already existing mosquitoes, but it can kill the larvae. Be sure the filtration system on the pool is working properly and the water is moving.

Hope this helps and let me know how it turns out for you.


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Buggy Surface of Water on Above Ground Pool

We have a 28 foot round 52 " deep pool in a northern area. The pool is heated and attracts bugs in the evening and when the weather is cooler. We have a good pump and filter, appropriately sized for the size of the pool. We have a traditional skimmer basket, vacuum regularly and maintain the chemical readings on a regular basis and rarely have water problems as a result.

For some reason the one issue we cannot solve is that we don't seem to be able to keep the surface clear of bugs. We maintain our water level midway up the scupper outlet and the basket seems to catch leaves and such, just not bugs. Ideas?

Thanks for the question

This time of year I get some questions about how to take care of bugs in and around the pool. Here are some links that talk about it:

Mosquito Like Animals On Pool Water

Small Brownish/Red Worm/Bugs In Swimming Pool

There are also other links about bugs on the pool Q&A page.

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