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    Default Re: Hello everyone! New pool owner having severe bug problems!

    Thanks for the replies. I dont have any pool lights. The algaecide they recommended was the Regal brand "Algaecide 50" -- here's the product label on Kelly.

    Also, the triazicide is a broadcast granule for the yard. Not putting it in the pool! Here is the one i used:

    http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...la=pla_1126828

    Hopefully a skimmer will pull in the dead bugs while they are floating, instead of them all sinking to the bottom and having to vacuum/scoop.

    Thanks
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    Default Re: New pool owner solves severe backswimmer bug problem with quat algaecide

    Thanks. Turns out that's a rather standard quat, "Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride" AKA Benzalkonium_chloride AKA ADBAC (wiki article). It's helpful to know that the effect on water bugs is so dramatic.

    I edited the title so that others could find the thread, and benefit from your solution!

    Here are other products with the same ingredient
    Pool Mate 1-2150 Algae-Free 50 Swimming Pool Algaecide, 1-Qt (50% ADBAC) (Amazon)

    Nava Chemicals Algaecide 50, 1-Qt (50% ADBAC) (Amazon)

    Omni Algae Preventative, qt (40% ADBAC) (3rd party seller)
    Please note that these products may well be quite effective a killing air breathing bugs (by making it impossible for them to keep their bubble, and drowning them), but they are NOT useful as algaecides.
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    Default Re: New pool owner solves severe backswimmer bug problem with quat algaecide

    Sure thing. I have the intex skimmer on order now! I'll let you know how it turns out. Also, i was thinking of getting a lightweight tightly woven mesh cover. Something easier to install and remove than the winter cover (cant even do that one by myself). Here's one i found online but its discontinued. Any idea where to find one like this? I wouldnt mind a DIY solution if someone has one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79rpcCYvYTg
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    Default Re: New pool owner solves severe backswimmer bug problem with quat algaecide

    I looked at that video, and a related one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bhi5I2jchw, which I think is from the actual maker. It looks like a small operation -- nothing wrong with that -- and it might be better to deal with them directly. I think this is their website: http://summercover.com/

    It might be a helpful product, so if you purchase one, please let us know how it works for you.

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