Get Rid of Water Bugs In Your Pool With These 3 TRICKS

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How to Get Rid of Water Bugs In Your Pool

If you've ever had the displeasure of swimming in a pool full of water bugs, you know just how annoying they can be.

These pesky critters can make swimming a real hassle, and can often leave your skin feeling itchy and irritated.

But don't worry - there are several ways to get rid of water buys in your pool and reclaim your swimming pool once and for all!!

In this article, we'll discuss three different methods you can use to get rid of water bugs in your swimming pool, so read on for all the details, and start enjoying your pool again without any unwanted guests!

What are water bugs and why do they invade pools?

Water bugs are a type of insect that can be found in freshwater and marine habitats.

Common Types of Water Bugs You May See In Your Pool

There are many different species, but all of them share one common trait: they love to invade swimming pools!

They will stop at nothing to get in, so it's important to know which types of water bugs you may be dealing with.

Here are some of the most common species:

1) Giant Water Bugs, AKA Electric Light Bugs

Giant Water Bug

Also known as toe-biters, these guys have a nasty bite that can really ruin a swim! They can also give off a very unpleasant odor. What's worse is that they can jump! Their brown-black bodies are up to four inches long and they have no hind wings.

If you see one of these insects, it's best to get out of the pool immediately. They like to go undetected in shallow waters, so if you want to get rid of them, be sure to get your feet dirty!

Check around the pool for any holes or cracks that might let these bugs in. It's also important not to leave any food outside near your pool (this includes pet food).

These bugs eat anything organic (e.g., meat), so even some bread crumbs will attract them. When they sense something tasty nearby, they tend to come on over and take a big chomp!

These bugs are attracted by swimming pools with lights on them. for night swimming.

One silly simple way to get rid of them is by switching your pool lights off.

2) Back Swimmers

Back Swimmer Pool Bug

Back Swimmers are another type of bug that bites and are attracted to light. They are black and white, with vertical stripes. These bugs can be a nuisance to people while swimming, so it is important to remove them from the pool if they do infest it.

People often mistake water boatmen for back swimmer bugs. They look similar but have different characteristics. Water boatmen eat algae and tend to fly more than swim while back swimmers swim more than they fly.

To tell the difference between the two types of pests, there are a few ways that you can examine them closely.

Back swimmers have an elongated head and long antennae that reaches down their body while water boatman heads are broad and rounder in appearance and their antennae are shorter in length.

3) Water Striders

Water Strider Pool Bug

You'll find these insects near the edge or center of your swimming pool, as they love to walk across the surface of the water.  

How do I get rid of water bugs in my pool?

Having family or friends over for the weekend to go swimming can be a tedious experience, especially if you have uninvited guests: water bugs!

They like to come and join your family fun in your pool and will leave you feeling itchy and unsettled.

Luckily, there are several ways on how to get rid of pesky water bugs that tend to invade swimming pools, which we'll cover below!

1) Shock Your Pool!

How to Shock Your Pool

Shock chlorination is a process where you shock your pool with a high dose of chlorine to kill any bacteria, viruses, or algae. It is the most effective way to get rid of water bugs in your pool.

To perform shock chlorination, first calculate how much chlorine you will need. To do this, divide the total pool volume by 10. This will give you the amount of chlorine in gallons that you will need. For example, if your pool is 20,000 gallons, you will need 2,000 gallons of chlorine.

Next, mix the chlorine in a bucket with water until it is completely dissolved. Pour the mixture into the skimmer and turn on the pump.

Let the pump run for 24 hours.

After 24 hours, turn off the pump and let the chlorine dissipate. Test the water for chlorine levels and adjust as necessary. Make sure to keep the pool covered when not in use to prevent algae from growing.

If you have a vinyl liner pool, you will also need to shock chlorinate the filter. To do this, remove the filter and soak it in a bucket of shock chlorination solution for 24 hours. Be sure to wear gloves and goggles when doing this.

Shock chlorination is a very effective way to get rid of water bugs, but it can also be dangerous if not done correctly. Make sure to read the manufacturer's instructions before using any pool chemicals.

2.) Try Liquid Dish Detergent

The second method for getting rid of water bugs in your pool is to try using liquid dish detergent.

Add 1/2 cup of liquid dish detergent to a gallon of water. Stir the concoction and pour it into the pool around the perimeter.

The dish detergent will break the surface tension of the water, causing the water bugs to drown.

This is always a smart approach to take, but I recommend utilizing it after shock chlorination to eradicate the algae.

The dish detergent method will kill the insects, but without first addressing the algae that attracted some of them in the first place, you'll have to repeat this procedure multiple times to keep your pool clean.

3) A Pool Net/Skimmer (Quick, but not permanent solution) 

Pool Skimmer

This is another popular way to get rid of pool bugs without using harmful insecticides or pool chemicals.

The net will catch them so they can't do any more damage, and you can then take them out by hand.

To use a pool bug net all you have to do is submerge it in your pool at night when the light-sensitive bugs are out looking for a place to land.

When the sun comes up the next morning, simply remove it from the pool and shake off any bugs that have gotten caught in there!

Should I empty my pool?

Some people choose to empty their pools entirely when they notice an invasion of water bugs or other insects.

But this isn't necessary if you're using the right pool net because it will catch all of these critters before they can breed and multiply.

If you notice pool algae growing, however, that's a sign that nature is taking its course and your pool is returning to its natural state.

It may be time for a partial or complete draining so grab a bucket and get started!  


So there you have it - three great ways to get rid of pesky water bugs that tend to invade your pool.

I'll be honest, they can be a bit pesky when they invade your swimming pool, but don't let them bug you...get it? Ok....i'll just see myself out! 

Keep your pool clean and free of debris, and they will have nothing to eat, then they'll be gone for good!

How do you keep water bugs away from your swimming pool?

Let us know in the comments!