How to get rid of insects in your pool

How to get rid of insects in your pool

 

Insects are one of the biggest inconveniences facing pool owners. Other problems, such as an unbalanced pH or a leaking pump, can cause problems behind the scenes, but the insects in the pool are actively troublesome. They extinguish your guests and are simply disgusting.

So how do you get rid of insects?

get rid of midges

Midges are small flies that hatch in clusters near the water. Generally, they migrate from ponds, lakes or rivers nearby to pools and hatch into your pool.

The first thing to do is to make sure that your pool has the right level of chlorine and that its circulation is good. Get a pool cover if you do not plan to use it for an extended period. This applies to get rid of any kind of bugs.

For gnats in particular, place some powerful lights about 20 feet from the pool. Turn off all lights under the pool at night. The light will attract midges and prevent them from "finding" the pool.

In addition, cut the grass around the pool. This prevents midges from flying and hiding in the grass, as well as preventing them from laying eggs in the grass.

Dump the catch

Every day, before turning off the filtration system, take the salvage net and discard it.

If you turn off the filtration system without emptying the capture net, insects caught in the net will be able to escape into your pool.

Emptying the catch-net allows you to use your filtration system as a real tool to get rid of insects.

get rid of their food

Some bugs just can't be killed by chlorine. The best way to get rid of these bugs is to get rid of their food.

There are two main sources of food to consider.

First, the algae. Use algaecide to kill algae in your pool. Maintain a pH level of 7.2 to 7.6 and keep your chlorine at the proper levels. This will help prevent algae growth and prevent algae-eating insects from proliferating in your pool.

The second source of food is small insects. Use your landing net to catch small bugs every time you see them. This prevents larger insects from growing because you are deleting their food source.

dishwashing liquid

One simple solution is to just turn on one light in your pool and toss in 4-5 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid near the light.

The insects will be attracted by the light, will be covered with soap and will die of not being able to breathe through the layer of soap.

Note that this does not remove the underlying causes of the bugs, it just kills the bugs once.

These are a few different ways to get rid of the bugs in your pool. Ideally, you should start by addressing the underlying causes of the bugs before you permanently eliminate them.

 

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