I'm new to the pool world. I have an Intex 15 x 48 above ground pool that I got from Walmart 3 weeks ago. This is the exact pool:
(http://www.walmart.com/ip/My-Sunshine-1 ... l/15522796)
I saw these little orange bugs almost a week after opening the pool on a white float we had. It was time to shock the pool anyway and they seemed to have disappeared afterwords. A couple days ago I noticed they were back with a vengeance. They were all over the white metal polls, and on further inspection, the top of the water. I wiped the polls down with Windex and then sprayed it with some bug spray. I shocked the pool again. They're still there and the bite the heck out of you and make you itchy. From my research, I think they're thrips. However, everything I've read about thrips says they go away when it gets hotter out. I live in southern CT and we are currently experiencing a heat wave with above 90 degree temperatures outside. I haven't been able to use my pool because of the bugs. I know it's hard to see, but these are the little orange pests. (They are orange even though they look black in the picture)
I called one pool place and they told me to drain the pool and start again. I really don't see how that would prevent them from just coming back.
Please, if anyone knows how to get rid of these things please help me.