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    Thousands of tiny Knat type bugs in pool - suggestions?

    Today I found tiny black bugs clinging to pool side at water level. Stir them up and they go right back. They seem to be alive. They are on direct sun side from skimmer corner and around to spa.

    Had a few dead worms on bottom.

    Test show water readings in range. Water temp is 76.

    I have never seen them before here or at previous pool.

    Any suggestions on how to get rid of them? What may have caused them?

    mowed the lawn yesterday. Air temp is 83, central Florida location.

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    Re: Thousands of tiny Knat type bugs in pool - suggestions?

    Love Bugs? Is it the season for them? I don't know that there is anything you can do for the period they're here except co-exist. They won't drink much.
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    Re: Thousands of tiny Knat type bugs in pool - suggestions?

    We get a lot of gnats this time of year in our area. All over the place. Later flying ants. Make sure you have a good skimmer sock in the skimmer to catch them.
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    Re: Thousands of tiny Knat type bugs in pool - suggestions?

    I did forget that Lake Monroe in Sanford Fl has an annual period of knats that bite called no-see-ums. My new home is in Sanford Fl. What is a skimmer sock? By the very nature of the title, I'd figure it to be some type of fabric cover for the skimmer basket?

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    Not love bug season yet. Coming soon though. Lake Jessup bridge is the worst in Seminole County FL for them in my opinion. I always had to wash the car after crossing that bridge in love bug season.
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    Re: Thousands of tiny Knat type bugs in pool - suggestions?

    Exactly. Some people will stretch an old nylon over the skimmer basket. I use a 1 Gal paint strainer net from Home Depot's paint section. But anything along those lines will work to help catch those little buggers.
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    Re: Thousands of tiny Knat type bugs in pool - suggestions?

    Man I hate the flying ants every year!
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    Re: Thousands of tiny Knat type bugs in pool - suggestions?

    Thanks for the suggestion.
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    Re: Thousands of tiny Knat type bugs in pool - suggestions?

    If I may, you're going to want a box of these. Nothing better (or cheaper):
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    Re: Thousands of tiny Knat type bugs in pool - suggestions?

    I just bought the 100 in a bag for $6.20. Box of 100 was $11.17.

    JohnnyK - You live pretty close. You can have 50 for $3.10.
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    Re: Thousands of tiny Knat type bugs in pool - suggestions?

    The hair nets came today. Hubby put one on his leaf skimmer and skimmed off a ton of little particles floating on the top of the water that drive him crazy (and drive me crazy listening to him complain! We will also try a hair net in the skimmer basket when the current pool sock is kaput.

    Great recommendation!
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    Re: Thousands of tiny Knat type bugs in pool - suggestions?

    Little bugs are finally all gone.
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