Gnats or something in pool surface water

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Gnats or something in pool surface water

Postby Rubber Duck » Wed 27 May, 2009 16:02

We've had our pool open for two weeks now, and the water is crystal clear. I got in it yesterday and it was great!
This morning I put the filter system on, so I could shock it. I shock the pool once a week, and this morning there was millions of little black gnats or something in the water. There was so many that there were spots of floating black on the water surface. I tried scooping them out with the leaf net, but discovered that they are so small they went right through it. This afternoon I checked and much of the filter system must of have gotten them. But there were still some left.

I took a wire coat hanger and shaped it out to a circle and placed a pantyhose on it which was getting more of them. If I remember, we had this last year, but I can't remember for how long. We've been getting lots of rain and thunderstorms in the late afternoon to evening, and Im wondering if this has something to do with it.


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Gnats or something in pool surface water

Postby shutterbug48 » Thu 28 May, 2009 18:14

I'm glad I found this website. I too have gnats constantly. I did a google search & most people spray a solution of dawn/water around the edges of their pool.
I personally wouldn't do it. makes the pool edges slippery.

I haven't found a true answer. However, I do love the answer of how you are skimming them out. The nets on the market aren't tiny enough holes...I will most definately try your approach. I have no problems getting in & using a pantyhose contraption. Hope you find a solution. Thanks for the tip.
Rubber Duck
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Gnats or something in pool surface water

Postby Rubber Duck » Sat 20 Jun, 2009 14:33

I only had the gnats like that just once and since then not a problem. I will have a few here and there, but nothing major. I think they were just migrating, and deciding to take a short trip to my pool.

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