Small Brownish/Red Worm/Bugs

by Fran
(IL)

We have an inground pool - fiberglass w/cartridge filter- 2 yrs. old-


Since opening 3 weeks ago we've had no problems. Water clear. We have kept the chlorine kind of high because of cold/damp temps.

Noticed a TON of these tiny reddish/brown wormy things all over my automatic cleaner when I pulled it out. They are sort of floating in the skimmer area too. Formed a kind of thick sludge around skimmer basket. Some dead some alive. Don't think they're springtails as they aren't black. No one here locally seems to have any idea what they are or what to do.

Kids want to swim but I don't think they should. Seem to be on the surface of the water too. Have kept up with all preventative algae treatments. Use phos free +pool perfect, also.

HELP!

So grossed out.




Thanks for the question Fran

Here are some good posts to look over. their situation is not exactly like your, but many of the troubleshooting tips can be applied to your situation:

Salt Water Swimming Pool & Water Bugs..Earwig Problem

Mosquito Like Animals On Pool Water

I think I know the kind of bugs you're talking about. I grew up in Virginia and we had similar bugs like the type you're describing. Some tips are:

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.

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. Keep the area around the pool clean, dry, and no holes or potted plants that can hold stagnant water.

You have kids so you don't want to spray insecticides around the yard, only as a last resort.

They are only 2 ways to kill or eliminate anything - kill it or eliminate the food source. Trying to kill hundreds of them (if you have that many) might take much time and work. One of the most efficient ways, and least invasive, is to use a spray bottle with soap and water. You can go around and spray them individually. The soap causes them to freeze up and then be easily scooped out.

Look over the posts above and try those things. If they don't work email back and we'll revisit your situation.

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Comment By Fran:

Thanks for the reply. I may try some soap sprayed on the water and I will buy the Mosquito Trap.

Can't spray them individually as they are so small they appear to be dust or pollen on the water. We don't have hundreds, we have thousands.

Seems to be a little less today than 2 days ago. Pool cleaner had less in the filter cartridge today, but still a good number.

I don't have any standing water, but I am going to go around the perimeter of the yard to make sure there isn't something I don't see everyday.

Thanks again,

Fran S.

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Bugs After A Thunder Storm

by Marvin

After the last two thunder storms there millions of almost microscopic insects in my pool.

They jump around like flees and group together to form what looks like a slick on top the water and along sides of my pool.




Thanks for the question Marvin

This is an issue that many pool owners face and can be annoying. There's no way to completely keep bugs out of the pool but there are some things you can do to lessen the effects.

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?

Here's a good link to look over:

Mosquito Like Animals On Pool Water

Without a visual of the bugs it's hard to say what kind they are, but the most common are Thrips and Aphids. Be sure to keep any trees around the pool trimmed, mop of any standing water, fill in holes around the pool that water can collect, trim back or remove any plants, consider putting down rocks, keep grass mowed, remove potted plants, remove any mulch and replace with river rock, etc...

Basically you don't want anything around the pool that bugs can nest in or reproduce. Take aware their environment and/or their food source. You can also look up Springtails. These are another kind of bug that is attracted to pools. Many kinds of bugs eat dead and decaying organic matter.

An easy thing you can do is to get a filter saver skimmer sock. Put it in the skimmer, turn the bottom drain off if you have one, and open the skimmer valve all the way. As a last resort you can use an insecticide such as Demon.

If you feel your situation is more complex than this, I do phone consultations for $35 per hour. It makes things go much faster and many people have found it extremely beneficial, saving them time and money in the long run. All your questions will be answered. I have nothing to sell you so you know I'm not bias.

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Hope this helps and have a great Summer.

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Swimming Pool Keep Attracting A Large Number Of Flies and Gnats

by Scott
(Louisville, KY )

I keep getting a large number of dead flys in my pool daily.

I do have a dog in the yard and I do keep his dutty picked up daily.

Can any one help?




Thanks for the question Scott

I'll first direct your attention to these posts:

Mosquito Like Animals On Pool Water

Salt Water Swimming Pool & Water Bugs..Earwig Problem

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? Keeping the area round your pool is vitally important. The grass needs to be kept mowed, no clippings around the pool, and any other debris must be picked up on a weekly basis.

If you have shrubs or trees around the pool, keep the area clean the best you can.

They are only 2 ways to kill or eliminate virtually anything - either kill it outright or eliminate the food source. Trying to kill hundreds of them (if you have that many) might take much time and work. One of the most efficient ways, and least invasive, is to use a spray bottle with soap and water. You can go around and spray them individually.

The soap causes them to freeze up and then be easily scooped out. This works well with flies. The soapy water adheres to their wings so they can fly.

Keeping your pool properly balanced is also important as well.

Gnats and flies are attracted to rotting food. You can get a few large jars and fill them about 1/3 full of vinegar and pieces of apple and bananas. Cover the jar with plastic wrap use a rubber band around the rim to keep it in place. Poke some holes in the plastic and set the jars around the perimeter of the pool. The gnats will be drawn into the jar and can't escape.

As a last resort you can an insecticide specifically designed for gnats and flies.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Bugs & Critters" category.

Check back to this post for updates or answers.

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