[originally posted last night under "Pool Chemistry" incorrectly]
Husband was in the pool today scrubbing the grout and found a bunch of these critters under the coping:
This one is pretty small. The tiles are 6"x6" so it gives you an idea of it's size.
On my way out to measure the tile just now, I think I just saw a backswimmer, too. I walked out and didn't see it on the deck. Only noticed it when it got startled and jumped into the pool. GROSSSSSS!!! It seemed darker and stubbier with shorter legs than the one in the pict, but I can't be sure cuz it was quick & my skin was totally crawling. To boot, while I was trying to scout out the little bugger to get a better look at it, I noticed a bunch of long legged thin bodied spiders that are taking up house under the coping as well.
What the HE**???? How do I get rid of all these disgusting pests?? Never even knew these things existed.
The pool is completely balanced and I was planning on adding borates but had held off cuz the pool was already super clear/sparkly and I didn't want to spend the cash. I'm going to jump online right now and purchase ProTeam Supreme Plus. Could care less about saving a few bucks at this point.
Would like to know what I'm dealing with and if there is anything else that I can do to get rid of the bugs. I'd try the dish soap advice on the forum but the pool is super large and I don't want to mess with adding anything that might alter the balance.
Thanks for any help/advice!!!