Swimming Insects

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backswimmers and boatmen

Postby tmac » Fri 14 Apr, 2006 13:02

The best and cheapest way I've found for killing these instects in my swimming pool is Dawn Dish Soap. I have a 26K gallon pool and I put about a quarter of a cup on the surface with the pumps running, come back 2 to 3 hours later and they will all be floating on the surface, dead as a door nail.

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Postby likes bikinis in PA » Fri 02 Jun, 2006 10:11

By adding the Dawn liquid soap, wouldn't this cause alot of bubbles and foaming from your pump? :evil: :twisted:

Re: backswimmers and boatmen

Postby redcappy82 » Sat 10 Jun, 2006 18:44

Will that mess up the pool and everything in it, and how do you get the soap out of the pool when all the bugs are dead?[/code]

back swimmers

Postby Heidalli » Sat 08 Jul, 2006 12:30

I had a huge problem with backswimmers. I'm talking a few thousand in my pool. I used a whole bottle of Bioguard brand Algaecide called Back-up. A 1/4 of Dawn liquid dish soap for a 25,000 gallon pool also works. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me. I feel like I am pretty much the expert since I have been dealing with these pesky critters for over a year now.


Postby Heidalli » Sun 09 Jul, 2006 00:17

The Dawn soap makes the pool a little bubbly if you are swimming around, but not too bad. Keep in mind you are only using 1/4 of a cup of soap for a 25,000 gallon pool. So far my pool has been okay. I use both the Dawn liquid soap and the Bioguard Algaecide. I have a huge problem though.


Postby Tom12344321 » Sun 16 Jul, 2006 14:58

I live in Southern Illinois and I've noticed them after it rains. I'll have only three or four at a time. I use my bug net to get them and smash them on the deck. Using Algaecide does seem to help keep the numbers down. If I get an infestation I'll try the dish soap idea. Thanks for the post.

Swimming insects and swimming bugs

Postby Johnny » Thu 27 Jul, 2006 18:56

I have never heard of anyone having bugs in there pool. I have never had bugs in my pool. Are you guys using chlorine? The bugs won't be in there if they have nothing to feed on.

Swimming insects and swimming bugs

Postby deeabola » Thu 03 Aug, 2006 01:38

we just noticed these GROSS bugs. We acutally just got out pool last saturday. They removed the old sod...tossed it to the side...and put up our above ground pool. Well tby monday we wanted to swim (we had no chemicals in it yet. So we jumped in ....tuesday afternoon we got out chlorine and chemicals and began to do our thing. Today wendsday....and our heater came, as the guy was installing it...we were standing by the pump,we looked into the window and there were like 20 of these DISGUSTING looking GROSSSSS bugs....I wanted to puke...they looked kinda black and clear or grey....pretty sick...some were small others were fairly large....the size of a loonie (canadian dollar coin) anyway...I freaked. we looked into the pool and noticed a few moe buggers swimming around...I emptied the pump by lifting the window (i guess this is the skimmer thing) and we emptied the basket...I went online only to find out this is useless as they jump right back into the water because these gross things fly) anyway....now...I AM WORRIED from allur posts sounds like once u get em they dont leave ur sight. I am worried for my son, he is 4 and wont go in if he sees the bugs, and I dont want him to be afraid of water. Ok...so now. I shocked my pool again, put the algae control stuff in and covered my pool OH and threw in my vacuum, were leaving it in overnight to really get all the crap of the bottom...so please...WHAT DO I DO TOMORROW< is there still going to be more?I am totally figgin grossed out, and wished I never spent all that money on a pool if its going to be liek this! HELP

Pool Bugs and how to treat them

Postby Blanche » Thu 03 Aug, 2006 15:29

    I am at my whits end ... every time I get in the pool I get bitten. I swell and it is extremely itchy so I scratch. This makes the swelling travel, does anyone know of a treatment for this ... I have tryed icing it it helps a bit but as soon as I take it off the burning itch returns. Please help me!!!
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Swimming insects and pool bugs

Postby Dirt Addict » Wed 30 Aug, 2006 15:09

.....I live in the high desert in So Cal. I just put up a 16x28 above ground pool. I waited one day to add the chemicals. As I started the process I noticed these little backswimmer bugs. They are brownish in color and about 1/2' long. I also noticed little babies too. I filled the pool with our well water. I was amazed that in one day we had these little critters already? Did they fly in? Did they come up from 200 feet below the ground in the well water?

.....The pool has been uncovered as I haven't had time to cut the solar cover to size intill I get home tonight. I have read about the dish soap trick. But, I am worried that it may throw off the chemical balance of the pool? You guys that have tried this dish soap trick, how has it effected the balance if any?

.....I plan to keep the pool covered once I get the cover cut to size. I hope this keeps them out. I will let you guys know how it all turns out. And if you guys cold update us on your bug killing meathods and process that'd be great.


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