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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. Unexpected guests

    We're enjoying a nice mild day here in the Denver Metro area and looking over what's been done for our new pool build. As we're looking around, this...

    Started by Toybuilder‎, 02-08-2015 02:31 PM
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  2. Spiders living in pool

    I have spiders living and swimming in my in-ground pool! I have been killing them for a week and they are still prevalent. Funny thing is they are...

    Started by Pool in Carolina Blue‎, 09-07-2006 09:50 PM
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  3. Weird teeny tiny bugs and stinging/flying ant things

    Our pool is no fun because of insects. First, we seem to have some type of light brown, TEENY TINY worm/bug thing all over the pool. I mean, ALL OVER...

    Started by hopeless‎, 05-13-2006 04:02 PM
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    pix, spring tails
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    08-06-2006 12:49 AM Go to last post
  4. I found a water boatmen in our pool...

    What a strange looking bug! It was swimming in and under the water with the greatest of ease:eek: With legs that appeared to be backwards. ...

    Started by gonefishin‎, 07-01-2006 10:55 PM
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    pix
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    09-11-2006 11:09 PM Go to last post
  5. Ants

    I have ants around the coping of my pool CONSTANTLY. I want to kill them but am leery of spraying any type of spray that close to my water. I can...

    Started by VOLDADDY‎, 08-10-2006 08:40 AM
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    11-17-2006 05:04 PM Go to last post
  6. What type of snake ended up in my pump?

    Found this in our pool pump.. was curious as to what type of snake it was. (SoCal)

    Started by s-one‎, 09-10-2014 12:54 PM
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    09-19-2014 04:33 PM Go to last post
  7. Unhappy New pool owner solves severe backswimmer bug problem with quat algaecide

    I have a question about those little swimming bugs, i think they are called back swimmers. After i had my pool up for about 2 days (in the yard, no...

    Started by theblet‎, 06-13-2014 09:18 AM
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    sticky, sticky-bugs, sticky-summer-cover
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    08-02-2014 11:49 AM Go to last post
  8. Dead possoms in skimmer basket need help please

    I have a good chlorine reading of 2.0 but I found 2 dead possoms in my skimmer basket about 2 days apart. They weren't in the water that long as they...

    Started by dansdad‎, 06-02-2014 02:41 PM
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    06-07-2014 10:02 AM Go to last post
  9. 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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  10. Clouds of tiny bugs on water surface

    I am in Edinburg, TX (deep south TX) several weeks ago I noticed clouds of tiny specs floating on the pool surface. At first I thought it was...

    Started by TX78539‎, 08-29-2007 09:25 PM
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    08-30-2007 10:30 AM Go to last post
  11. Honeybees and Pool Water

    Just want to leave behind something that has worked... I had/have issues with Honeybees coming to my pool for water. I read up and tried a few...

    Started by PBLsQuad450‎, 06-10-2012 12:31 PM
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    07-02-2012 01:51 PM Go to last post
  12. Angry Gnat Infestation

    First year ever having my own pool. Out of nowhere the past 2 days the Pool is getting completely covered by Gnats. Literally takes me 45 minutes to...

    Started by PaPoolNewB‎, 08-16-2012 08:33 PM
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    08-22-2012 03:28 PM Go to last post
  13. ROACHES around my pool! EEEWWWW!

    We have been slammed with rain the past 5 or so weeks, but I am seeing a BUNCH Of roaches around my pool in the mulch and such...anybody know how to...

    Started by poolmom06‎, 06-06-2007 01:43 AM
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  14. Pill Bugs

    this year is only the second year we've had the pool last year, i assume because the install was fresh, we didn't have "the problem" this year,...

    Started by sleater‎, 08-30-2006 09:35 PM
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    05-21-2007 08:03 PM Go to last post
  15. Large spiders in pool

    Has anyone had a problem with large spiders living near the pool? These are very strange looking--reddish-pink bodies and they crawl in and out of...

    Started by gumbeaux71‎, 05-14-2006 07:33 PM
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    05-19-2006 02:41 PM Go to last post
  16. Pest control - Mosquito Magnet?

    I would love to spend time around the pool outside in the evening however we're next to some wetlands and there are tons of mosquitos and other pests...

    Started by RocKKer‎, 04-28-2006 09:11 PM
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  17. Question Help!! Dead Animal Smell

    I have a terrible dead animal smell and flies in the grass next to my pool. It has been there for 3 days now and is so horrible that no one can sit...

    Started by MaryS‎, 07-08-2006 11:55 PM
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    07-10-2006 10:29 AM Go to last post
  18. Question Moles?

    Ok...I've tried to get rid of the moles. I've tried EVERYTHING! They seem to be determined to stay. As it stands I will probably need to drain my...

    Started by alittleisenough‎, 04-09-2006 09:40 PM
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  19. Springtails? Water fleas?

    Hi Really enjoy lurking on this site, and have learned tons of info. Am using the BBB method this year and had a very successful (from icky black...

    Started by cpmart‎, 06-14-2006 09:02 AM
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  20. Ducks

    I did a search and found a few threads on keeping ducks out, but the suggestions really seemed hit or miss. I chase them away if I see them, but...

    Started by JimK‎, 06-03-2014 09:23 AM
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  21. Is it okay for Dog to drink pool water?

    My dog likes to drink from the pool more than his bowl. Is it safe to allow this to continue? My chlorine is maintained around 4ppm, Calcium and Alk...

    Started by mshumack‎, 06-22-2006 01:02 PM
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  22. Frogs ..

    its weird the last few weeks 3-4, i have found 1 frog in the pool each week, usually in the skimmer next to the auto pool vacuum hose, just relaxing...

    Started by xoroniox‎, 04-11-2006 02:23 PM
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  23. Chipmunks digging under pavers

    In May 06 we had 3 of our 5 lines replaced - 2 returns and 1 wall vac line. Luckily, since the concrete slabs and the perimeter of the pool are lined...

    Started by KirstenHW‎, 08-03-2007 11:29 PM
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    06-19-2008 03:40 PM Go to last post
  24. 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
  25. bird situation

    Just joined! We are newbies with a new home with existing AG 18' pool. This spring has proven to be challenging trying to keep the pool clean. We...

    Started by pool_mommy‎, 05-21-2013 10:48 AM
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  26. tiny black larvae or leach like bugs

    My roommate and I bought a pool last summer. It's just a small intex pool since we're renting a house and everything went smoothly last summer....

    Started by triciajeanine‎, 06-25-2013 05:25 PM
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  27. what is on the bottom of my pool

    I live in Connecticut and have an above ground pool. My dad has had the pool for about 15 years and this year suddenly we keep finding these small...

    Started by localh67‎, 07-21-2013 04:49 PM
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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    mosquitoes, sticky
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    04-19-2012 12:33 AM Go to last post

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