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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

netkitten

01:16PM | 06/12/07
Member Since: 06/03/07
6 lifetime posts
Sorry, forget who, but somebody asked about the paint on the ladder. I just bought cheapy 94 cents a can regular ol spray paint. I also bought a clear coat to spray over that.

We thought our problem was solved since we didnt see anymore. But today after a heavy rain, they are all over the ladder and in the pool again.

aaaaaaahhhhhhh, I could rip my hair out.

momceh

03:08PM | 06/12/07
Member Since: 06/05/07
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It was me who asked about the paint. Thanks.

It's very dry here. We've had NO rain in a long time and we have plenty of the critters.

I did notice that they don't seem to like really hot SUNNY days. It's been in the 80s and 90s here, and when the sun is on the pool in really hot days, there are hardly any thrips. But on partly cloudy or overcast days, even when it's really hot, they're still all over the pool. Maybe the sun makes the metal tubing too hot?

Cindy in KY

Marcie33

04:36AM | 06/13/07
Member Since: 06/10/07
7 lifetime posts
Well, like I said before, I wouldn't go to the trouble to paint anything. For some reason mine has disappeared. Could it be the rain that brings them on??? Not sure. ButI have alot of chlorine in my pool (pool stabilizer from walmart) I changed the filter in the pump. Those are the only things I can think of that got rid of them for now. BUT.... I have my litle bottle of "off" spray to get ready to spray and wipe down the rails and ladder if needed. Someone try this with the filter changein the pump and 2 stabilizer tabs in your pool, tell me if they are still there. Then we will know it wasn't that, that got rid of them. I'm kinda puzzled also, even more so now why they are gone but delighted they are gone and don't want them back

Marcie33

04:38AM | 06/13/07
Member Since: 06/10/07
7 lifetime posts
Oh forgot to tell you all. My mother in law works for the DNR. I posted a picture with one of my posts last time to show the name of these creature which they didn't call thrips, but the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) knew exactly what they were. Look back at my postings and you will see a picture and their name. Hope this helps everyone!

netkitten

04:57AM | 06/22/07
Member Since: 06/03/07
6 lifetime posts
I viewed that photo and it was hard to tell since it is black & white, if these are the same bugs or not. I am positive though that ours are Thrips.

I bought a product at walmart called "Seven" and sprayed it all around the grass of the pool area. We have had a few here and there but nothing that was a problem for us. I honestly don't know if the spray helped or a change in weather but that is what we did.

Now we keep getting what I think is gnats, lots of them. I go out every morning and there are tons in the pool that I clear out. But I can handle scooping out dead bugs, not just live biting ones!

Marcie33

04:56AM | 06/23/07
Member Since: 06/10/07
7 lifetime posts
We have the same kinds of those gnats (I guess) now also. I am really wondering if it could be the weather. Spritzing the "off" on the handrails worked for the other bugs for us.

johnwrussell

05:32PM | 05/10/09
Member Since: 05/09/09
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Haven't tried this yet but apparently they are attracted to blue. In the web address below they are selling blue sticky traps, mosquito dunks and some garden spray. The theory behind the sticky traps is simple and logical - adults that get trapped can't lay eggs. That might be the easiest solution, I also might try the spray. Not really sure how to use the mosquito dunks in this application.

In the mean time, I did try spraying a multipurpose bug concentrate on the outer surfaces of the pool, in the areas where the white poles go through the blue liner, and in the shrubs and grass within 20 feet of the pool. We'll see how this works.

http://www.4hydroponics.com/FAQthrips.htm

meada1

11:10AM | 06/14/09
Member Since: 06/13/09
1 lifetime posts
I have had my quick-set ring pool set up for about a week. I've had no problems until it rained. I went out this morning to clean my pool with the net and got ate up like crazy. I noticed that there was a ton of stuff in the pool so I took a closer look and saw on my floating dispenser was little red/orange bugs. Then I looked at the outside of my pool and it's covered all the way around with these bugs. I can't change the color of my pool (outside is blue inside is white). I can't even clean it without getting tore up. I have two small kids and I don't know what to do!!! My son gets sick over everything so I'm afraid he will get bit. I've chlorinated the crap out of my pool and nothing.

Alpaca folk

10:08AM | 08/06/11
Member Since: 08/06/11
1 lifetime posts
Dear Bug Entrepreneurs,
Feel your pain, relief could be insight. Not sure but we tried 4 oz of Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil to 4400 gallons of water. Now at first when you add it, it tends to attract more of these bugs, however 20 mins later you will have to skim your pool and take those bugs out and they seem to stay away. After 6 days we added 1 tablespoon more of the bath oil and while at first it drew more bugs we instantly noticed the dead bugs on the surface of the water and after 10 more mins we were no longer being bitten. Has had no effect on our chemicals. Makes the water a bit cloudy, but nothing horrible. Works great so far hope this helps. Been 14 days.

BV001683

04:14PM | 07/28/13
I got the same Pool and the same bugs are around

Hurricane Wv

BV004895

09:01PM | 07/05/14
Still looking for a solution to these bugs!! I've tried the skin so soft it'll make them leave for a few days but then they are back.

North Carolina
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