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Forum: Pools, Pets and Creepy Critters

Pools and pets are an uneasy mix; and skunks, skinks, ducks, dogs, biting bugs, and swimming snakes weren't the pool visitors most owners expected.

  1. Lightbulb Keeping Animals Safe

    We will be closing on a house with a pool in about two weeks. The current owner has a solar blanket on a roller, but I am worried about my dog...

    Started by veghead‎, 04-03-2012 11:06 AM
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  2. Strange insects

    I've had my pool for 9 years. This is the first year that I've had this fast swimming, oval shaped black bug. Anyone know what they are or how to get...

    Started by True Blue‎, 05-19-2012 09:10 PM
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    05-27-2012 09:25 AM Go to last post
  3. Carpenter ants

    i live in the woods. There's a lot of carpenter ants. I have an in ground pool with a vinyl liner that I' getting replaced after 16 years. Is it a...

    Started by larhaz‎, 05-14-2012 07:26 AM
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  4. Bugs in my pool

    It looks like I have water boatman and can not seem to get rid of them. I have started with the BBB recently and have gotten the levels in good...

    Started by ascheliga‎, 05-11-2012 08:30 AM
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    05-12-2012 01:10 PM Go to last post
  5. AHHHHHH! Backswimmers!

    I turned on the pool light last night and noticed about 6 of these bad boys swimming around the light. They are definately backswimmers and not...

    Started by slthom‎, 06-07-2006 01:01 PM
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    05-06-2012 09:19 PM Go to last post
  6. Springtail or Water Boatman bugs?????

    We have had our 24,000 gal., below ground, gunite, swg pool for three years. All has been wonderful until, suddenly, this summer our pool has been...

    Started by kc101‎, 06-28-2011 04:26 PM
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    04-20-2012 04:42 PM Go to last post
  7. Controlling Mosquitos

    Down in Louisiana we have a bit of a mosquito problem. We had to cut our swim short yesterday evening because the mosquitos were bothering us. They...

    Started by Jbonnette‎, 04-19-2011 09:22 PM
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    04-19-2012 12:33 AM Go to last post
  8. dogs and above ground pool

    hello. i'm new here, but been reading for some time. Lot of good information, thank you. I'd like to get above ground pool, but i have three dogs. I...

    Started by euromarek‎, 03-13-2012 01:39 AM
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    03-14-2012 12:08 PM Go to last post
  9. A Mosquito Question

    So I came here looking at the following post about the IntelliBrite (as I am looking into getting one) and I noticed the Mosquito Magnet in the...

    Started by saintronin‎, 02-28-2012 12:07 PM
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    02-28-2012 12:51 PM Go to last post
  10. Angry The Noob vs. The Springtails

    Hi everyone, I am a new pool owner (my wife and I bought the house in SoCal about six months ago) and this led me to make one of the daftest...

    Started by MattW‎, 02-19-2012 07:40 PM
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    02-20-2012 02:33 PM Go to last post
  11. Feces ?

    So the 10 year decides to push the dog into the pool and then the dog decides to have BM in the water. I jump on the vacuum but it just kinda melted...

    Started by oldkingcole‎, 08-15-2011 02:12 AM
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    08-15-2011 11:34 AM Go to last post
  12. dead mouse in my saltwater system pool

    I found a dead mouse at the bottom of my pool. I have a saltwater filtration system. I cleaned the pool out yesterday but my chlorine reading was 0...

    Started by Fran6398‎, 08-10-2011 12:52 PM
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    08-10-2011 11:14 PM Go to last post
  13. Info on pools needed

    Hi - I'm looking to get an above ground pool but am a bit leary knowing that my lab will be in and out of the pool and don't want to keep replacing...

    Started by kathy301‎, 07-11-2011 04:44 PM
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    08-07-2011 06:55 AM Go to last post
  14. Bird poo in and around my pool

    I did fine all winter and now my wife has put out bird feeders (gone now) and has attracted birds to the pool as a bath, drink and a place to take a...

    Started by Itsmejoe231‎, 05-13-2011 04:45 PM
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    07-31-2011 11:52 AM Go to last post
  15. Ground Wasps

    Hi pool owners! This year I am in a house I bought with an ingound pool of which I have had repairs done. I've lots of questions, but for this first...

    Started by medea‎, 07-19-2011 01:51 PM
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    07-20-2011 09:13 PM Go to last post
  16. Moles

    It is not what I found in the pool, it is what I found under the pool! I guess a Mole got under the vinyl liner in the winter and there is just a...

    Started by Reefdiver‎, 07-13-2011 06:06 PM
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  17. Confused

    Hello: Been a lurker since last year, never had a pool before so after reading this forum got the guts to try out an Intex 12' round last year....

    Started by Tango21‎, 07-11-2011 10:56 AM
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  18. tadpoles

    Hi! I have a 15x42 above ground pool and this is my first pool. We neglected cleaning our pool cause we needed some tubing. So today I had my son...

    Started by Paigey‎, 06-27-2011 08:31 PM
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    06-27-2011 10:11 PM Go to last post
  19. My dogs are drinking water from the pool

    My dogs are drinking water from the pool which is saltwater. There is a bowl of freshwater near by but still they lap up water from the pool. Is this...

    Started by stuckpipe‎, 05-28-2011 08:04 AM
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  20. Orange/Brown Bugs

    I have an above ground pool. We got it last year so this is the first full summer with it and everything is still new. Well this year the outsides...

    Started by NewHere28‎, 06-11-2011 01:52 PM
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  21. Mosquitoes

    Help! We are being eaten alive! It is so hot in the midwest and we are doing a bunch of evening swims. Any tips for eliminating them? We have a...

    Started by conoad‎, 06-08-2011 10:56 AM
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    06-08-2011 06:27 PM Go to last post
  22. Found this Turtle in my pool

    Isn't he cool!

    Started by Graves‎, 05-27-2011 11:39 AM
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    05-28-2011 07:21 PM Go to last post
  23. Bugs

    Hi all Any advice on how to get rid of the deer flies while swimming? They attack everyone in the pool.

    Started by Flysurfn‎, 05-03-2011 08:20 PM
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  24. Deer in Scuba Steve's pool

    I have a 16X32 inground vinyl liner pool. The liner was replace in 2003 as a result of a deer getting into it. This year I have had three deer in the...

    Started by DJK555‎, 09-28-2010 10:32 AM
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    09-28-2010 05:19 PM Go to last post
  25. Yuck! Tiny bugs all over the outside of our pool

    We just went out to check our chlorine levels and our filter and found all over the white metal poles these tiny swarming bugs that are smaller than...

    Started by blessedbeingmom‎, 07-01-2010 04:25 PM
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    07-02-2010 11:24 PM Go to last post
  26. More Spiders

    Everyday I get about 20 dead spiders in the bottom of my pool. It's become part of my routine to jump in with goggles and skimmer (without pole) and...

    Started by Jeffski‎, 08-09-2007 09:06 AM
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    05-30-2010 05:16 PM Go to last post
  27. Ducks

    Okay, so I was gone one weekend and my DH calls to say, "Did you know you have ducks on the pool cover?" Well, of course, NO I don't know this! ...

    Started by debs_pool‎, 04-25-2007 10:25 PM
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  28. Floating ants/bugs/flies

    So my pool is 15x30 rectangle in so. Florida. No matter how many hours I run my pump or how many times a day I skim the pool, there is constantly...

    Started by xoroniox‎, 07-11-2009 11:48 AM
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    07-17-2009 04:26 PM Go to last post
  29. HELP! Tadpoles

    We are in Kansas and because of some reasons beyond our control ( and cold rainy weather) we are just today getting enough water in our pool to turn...

    Started by beaming90‎, 07-05-2009 04:32 PM
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    07-10-2009 12:31 PM Go to last post
  30. Smile My dog had a bout of amnesia

    the other day. It was early a.m. and I had my 3 dogs out with me to shut off power to the automatic pool cover pump since we didn't get the rain...

    Started by elsie‎, 02-25-2009 05:34 PM
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    06-03-2009 08:35 PM Go to last post

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