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netkitten

04:58PM | 06/04/07
Member Since: 06/03/07
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A few days ago we bought an intex easy set pool. On the second day we went out and there were these tiny, can hardly see them, red/orange bugs mostly on the frame of the pool but some are in the pool. They fly around sort of like gnats, and crawl on the inflatable toys & inflated ring of the pool and they bite! Get anywhere near the pool and they bite. A pool noodle is practically covered in them. Its almost like they like the vinyl of these toys/pools.

I have been bit by chiggers before and this is different. The initial bite causes a stingy itch but then it stops, where as with chiggers I wanted to scratch my skin off. They are only at the pool area and noplace else on our property. There are no trees anywhere around, no tall grasses or anything like that. I dont know if this is related but the day they showed up for the first time was after a heavy rainy day. I dont know if thats what brought them out or not since Ive only had the pool two days and this is the first day they were noticed. What on earth are these teeny tiny bugs and how do we get rid of them? We cant get in the pool or near it because of them biting us.

momceh

09:52AM | 06/06/07
Member Since: 06/05/07
3 lifetime posts
We have exactly the same issue. We just bought and set up our Intex 18' frame pool this wekeend. By the next day the tubing and ladder were covered with those tiny bugs, almost like barely perceptible snips of reddish-orange thread that jump and bite. I went online to see if I could identify them and I found a LOT of complaints on various forums about these insects on Intex pools purchased this year! I called the 800-number for Intex (on the assembly instruction book) and of course they know nothing whatsoever about it. So please, call them and register a complaint. They need to know this is a widespread problem. These critters must have come with the packaging.

Cindy in KY

netkitten

01:34PM | 06/06/07
Member Since: 06/03/07
6 lifetime posts
I don't think they came with the package, we had no problems at first. I consulted with a bug "expert" who mentioned one key important thing to me. These bugs are called Thrips and they are attracted to things that are white and/or yellow. The pool noodle we put in the pool that day was yellow and they flocked to it like crazy! Also, the ladder is mostly white which adds up as well.

If you have yellow or white pool toys, I'd suggest removing them. Also don't get in the pool with a white tshirt on or anything like that, before you know it your shirt is practically covered in them.

Hope this helps somewhat.

Marcie33

04:02PM | 06/11/07
Member Since: 06/10/07
7 lifetime posts
Yes, same exact pool and same exact problem. How on earth can we get rid of these? It is hard to even enjoy our pool with these bugs, they are also on the blue part of the pool and all in the water. They are filling up my filter that I change weekly. Anyone know how to get rid of these or attract them elsewhere? Even other pools besides these type of intex pool have white railing and I don't know of them having any of these bug issues. Anyone finds out, please let us know. Thanks!

Kenova, WV

netkitten

07:42PM | 06/11/07
Member Since: 06/03/07
6 lifetime posts
Im not sure about a way to rid them but I can tell you what we have done which so far is working.

We only had them on the blue of the pool if something else attracted them first, like the white on the ladder or yellow pool toys. Yesterday we had them on the ladder again and painted it silver, today no problems. We also banned white towels from the area and anything yellow. We have a big corn field behind our house and no plants in our back yard so I dont know if the field is what brought them in the first place or what.

I wonder if you put something yellow, maybe even one of those sticky fly traps, and hung it a bit away from the pool, if they would flock to that and leave you alone? Might be worth trying!

Marcie33

05:18AM | 06/12/07
Member Since: 06/10/07
7 lifetime posts
I thought about painting the rails of the pools some other color, these are the intex pools we are talking about that are put together wil all white railing structure. But then, I rememebered thems being on the water and when I was out in the pool with a black bathing suit laying on a blacktrimmed dark pink raft they still bit me. I got some of that off that you put on the kids. I thought about putting spraying it around the railing on the pool and ladder. We shall see, but thanks for that idea!

Marcie33

05:33AM | 06/12/07
Member Since: 06/10/07
7 lifetime posts
These bugs are called amphids? Check out the picture. Tell me what you think.
448-found_something

momceh

08:46AM | 06/12/07
Member Since: 06/05/07
3 lifetime posts
Do a google image search for "thrips" -- that's what they are for certain.

What kind of paint should I paint the metal ladder parts with? Rustoleum spray paint?

I don't know how I could paint the side rails short of emptying the pool and disassembling the whole thing (not gonna happen until winter), so I guess we're stuck with the thrips all over the sides.

At least I can paint the ladder rails something other than thrip-happy white!

Cindy in KY

Marcie33

10:09AM | 06/12/07
Member Since: 06/10/07
7 lifetime posts
I wouldn't paint the pool or ladder. That's alot of extra work. Actually today (after I bought the spray "off" bottle to spray down the railing to see if that worked, I haven't seen any of those bugs today. Only thing I know is yesterday I swept the pool, bought some "stabilizer tablets" from Walmart and put one in the floating cholorine dispenser and one in the filter basket. Doubt that did it, but we shall see later on today. I'll keep in touch about it. Thanks for your reply.

netkitten

01:14PM | 06/12/07
Member Since: 06/03/07
6 lifetime posts
The first day we had the ladder painted, which was a really easy thing to do...we saw no bugs. I thought we had this kicked. Today it rained and now the darn things are all over the ladder & in the pool. I also have them now inside on my siding glass door.

I am so fed up! Ive been trying to search to see if the rain seems to bring them out more. Both times we had them the worst was after a heavy rain. Im beyond frustrated with these bugs! I called 3 lawn companies today and a pool company and nobody even has heard of thrips, which just baffles me.
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