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What can you do about little swimming bugs that dart away when you try to scoop them up and when you catch them they jump around and try to get back in?

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2006-08-12 02:32:48
2006-08-12 02:32:48

I have had this same problem about 6 years out of the 18 I have had this pool. If the bugs are little guys that look like a simple, long, black bug, with 1 wing or fin on each side. Every time you pick them up with a skimmer, they jump back in the pool and swim around. I have seen them called many different things, but names dont matter, just treatments....I have found that they actually mostly live around your yard if you have problems with them, so clearing out any standing water may be your first choice (and even if they aren't damp, clean the gutters if they are near your pool!) Add chlorine, lots of it. For my 10,000 gallon pool, I shocked it with 5 gallons of liquid chlorine and within a day, you could see them all die and come to the top. It is a fight though. Sometimes they just will not go away and you must continue to over-chlorinate until they are all gone. Good luck, I know I needed it! SJ I live in South Louisiana and we have a variety of pool pests. I have tried the soapy water solution but it doesn't last. I have over chlorinated but nothing has worked on every single species as well as Bio Guard's algaecide called Back Up. Back Up does not harm the pool in any way. It will not change the pH of the water. Nor will it cause stingy of the eyes. It removes the dissolved oxygen from the water. It prevents the algae and bacteria and it kills all the bugs. It is added once a week in hot climates such as ours. I have no more bug problems. I haven't had anything but a dead bug in my pool since last April but I've maintained the water very closely. One minute each week and it's worth it!

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