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    Bug Problem

    What is the best treatment to kill backswimmers and keep them out of my pool?
    24 ft. round ABG-vinyl-15200 gallon
    Sand Filter w/1 1/2 HP pump
    Installed May 2011
    Taylor K-2006 test kit
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    Re: Bug Problem

    Nothing is completely effective, but adding borates usually drives them away.
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    Re: Bug Problem

    Do you use a solar cover? What do you keep your fc at and what is your cya?

    Agreed nothing keeps them out, but as a person who has had more than my fair share of bug problems, I found keeping my fc around 11 for a cya of 45 tends to keep most of them away. When my fc dropped to 5 I had a ton of them. I just know when the chemistry is getting off when we are outnumbered by uninvited "guests". YUCK!

    Keeping the cover on until just before swimming, and not using a light at night has also helped. When we light the pool we get bombarded with them at night.
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    Re: Bug Problem

    I've noticed a couple of them in my pool (didn't notice them until I had swimming goggles on one day). Is there a health concern with them, or just an annoyance?
    16k gal IG pool with SWG and DiamondBrite finish
    Pentair Intelliflo pump with 520 sq ft cartridge filter

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    Re: Bug Problem

    MNPoolDreamer,
    no solar cover as I live in Arkansas and it gets way to hot for one.
    24 ft. round ABG-vinyl-15200 gallon
    Sand Filter w/1 1/2 HP pump
    Installed May 2011
    Taylor K-2006 test kit
    BBB method

    http://www.poolcalculator.com/
    pool-school/chlorine_cya_chart_shock
    pool-school/shocking_your_pool
    pool-school/pool_test_kit_comparison

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    Re: Bug Problem

    I am so confused. Trying to figure how much Borax to put in my pool. Tested this morning with strip as the ordered kit still has not arrived. Showing that stabilizer is low.
    24 ft. round ABG-vinyl-15200 gallon
    Sand Filter w/1 1/2 HP pump
    Installed May 2011
    Taylor K-2006 test kit
    BBB method

    http://www.poolcalculator.com/
    pool-school/chlorine_cya_chart_shock
    pool-school/shocking_your_pool
    pool-school/pool_test_kit_comparison

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