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Water bugs are more likely to become an issue during warm weather and summers. While the bugs generally are not harmful to humans, they can be a nasty nuisance for swimmers. Fortunately, eliminating a water bug infestation from your pool is relatively simple.
Algae and microorganisms in your pool are the culprits if your pool is attracting water bugs. Water bugs feed on algae and microorganisms found in water sources as well as lay eggs in algae, and if you want to get rid of water bugs, you must take away their food sources and nesting places.
Water Boatmen and Backswimmers are typical visitors to residential swimming pools throughout the summer months, and they're an indication that your pool's chemistry isn't quite right. They both can fly, and they both can lay eggs in algae in your pool. However, one of these is a more significant issue than the other.
While Water Boatmen will let swim around them without fear, be cautious of the Backswimmer because they can bite. The sensation of being bitten by a Backswimmer is similar to that of being stung by a bee. If these nasties have taken over your backyard paradise, continue reading to find out how to get rid of them.
As mentioned earlier, the most effective technique to get rid of either of these pests is to remove their food supply. For water boatmen its algae, for backswimmers its other water bugs such as water boatmen or water beetles. So, ensuring that your pool is free of algae will go a long way towards keeping your pool bug-free.
Follow these simple steps to remove the water bugs from your pool:
Pro tip: Remember to shock your pool in the evening or night. The chlorine will work longer without being broken down by the sun rays.
Next time you find yourself surrounded by these annoying pests, remember to follow these steps or contact a pool professional if you require any more assistance.