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Do you hate Waterbugs? Do you want to eliminate them from your swimming pool? Honestly, I hate those bugs and I don’t like to share my pool with them. They make me tingle and even talking about them make me shiver all over.
Anyway, we all need to eliminate those creatures from our pools and I am sure that is the main reason you are here. Or are you wondering where do water bugs in pools come from? The most common types of water bugs you are likely to see in your pool are the backswimmer and the water boatman.
Generally, these creatures won’t harm you, though they might give you a painful bite. The backswimmer feeds on other bugs (like the water boatman) while the water boatman feeds on algae. Hence, water bugs come from algae, their main source of food and habitats.
So, if you want to know how to get rid of waterbugs in pool, continue reading this article…
Things You Will Require
For First Method
- A brush
- Chlorine shock or calcium hypochlorite
- A skimmer
- A vacuum cleaner
For Second Method
- 3 tablespoons of a dish wash detergent
- A spray bottle
Step by Step Instructions
First Method: Cleaning and Vacuuming Your Pool
The easiest way to eliminate backswimmers is to eliminate their food; the water boatmen, and the easiest way to eliminate water boatmen is to eliminate their food; which is algae.
The following four steps will assure you of a bug-free swimming pool in 2 to 3 days.
- Brush The Walls
The first step of getting rid of water bugs is to brush the walls of your facility in an overlapping manner, so as to ensure that you remove all the algae. It’s recommended to do this using your hand because even the most effective pool cleaner will not clean 100 percent of your pool – it leaves out certain sections that will need to be cleaned by hand.
- Shock Chlorination
Algae grow where there is no chlorine. Even if you assume that you don’t have these nuisances in your swimming pool, you still need to shock your pool. Shock chlorination should be done during the night to avoid the sun from evaporating it too easily.
For every ten thousand gallons of water in your swimming pool add 3 or 4 pounds of chlorine shock (Calcium Hypochlorite) to your pool. This will kill the majority of the algae.
- Skim and Vacuum
After you have shocked your pool, the third step is to skim and vacuum it. This will eliminate most of the algae and water bugs that have died from brushing and shocking.
- Vacuum Again
A second round of brushing, vacuuming, and skimming is required to completely eliminate your pool of both dead bugs and algae.
With the above 4 steps, your pool will be free of water bugs. In addition, remember to filter your facility to eliminate any remaining bug or algae.
Second Method: Using Liquid Dish Wash Detergent
Using dish wash detergent is among the cheapest and easiest ways to eliminate water bugs in pool. Water bugs need to breathe. They usually visit the surface of your pool to enjoy the much-needed air (they accomplish this by standing on the surface).
Using dish washer detergent changes the surface tension of the water in your pool so that they aren’t able to stand on it and cannot form any bubble of air to take to the bottom of your pool. They will drown and then be eliminated by your pool’s filtration system.
- Measure three tablespoons of your liquid washer and pour it into your spray bottle.
- Fill the other part of your device with water and mix them thoroughly.
- Check for any water bugs and directly spray them with this solution.
- Spray along the perimeter of your swimming pool.
- Wait for 4 to 4 hours. The bugs will be dead and will be eliminated by your pool’s filtration system.
- Repeat the process if need be.
Having know what causes water bugs in pool, then the solution to eliminating them is easy – to prevent algae development. This is easy to accomplish using the first step as well as investing in robotic pool cleaners to help clean your pool.
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