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Thread: Tiny black bugs - Springtails? Soap mixture ok?

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    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    San Jose, CA

    Tiny black bugs - Springtails? Soap mixture ok?

    Hi everyone! Just finished our 20x40 pool (and new sod in the backyard, about 5 feet from the water), and we're loving it! However, we don't seem to be the only ones - looks like we might have Springtails? Here's a video of them in action:

    Is it safe to use the "3 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap to 1 quart of water" mix to kill them? This is a standard chlorine pool, and we're in San Jose, CA.
    Filled 5/1/2013! 36k gallon 20x40 IG with 7x7 spa, FinestFinish, AquaMatic cover, All Pentair: Clean&Clear 520 sqft cartridge filter, Intelliflow 4x160 variable speed pump, 2 HP whisper flow spa jet pump, 400k BTU MasterTemp heater, Letro Platinum pool cleaner, Rainbow 320 chlorine feeder, Pac Fab Bermuda skimmer
    More details: pics-new-pb-20x40-ig-gunite-7x7-spa-7x7-shamu-shelf-t54952.html

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    Jul 2010
    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: Tiny black bugs - Springtails? Soap mixture ok?

    Often times just making sure you have a high enough FC level (and getting it there) is enough to discourage/kill pests.

    I would not put soap on the water since that will require a lot of your precious chlorine to break it down and leave goop in filters and on walls.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    May 2013
    Statesboro, GA

    Re: Tiny black bugs - Springtails? Soap mixture ok?

    We purchased a house complete with pool in December and have been on a steep learning curve (made much easier thanks to Pool School ).

    As Spring arrived, so did the Springtails. Not just clumping together in the pool like your video, but around the house on the porch too.
    We didn't know what they were so we took a sample to the Farm Extension Office who identified them for us (Springtails are related to Silverfish and do not bite or sting humans nor cause any damage to property - they can actually beneficial in clearing soil of fungal problems).

    Once I completed Pool School and got the pool clear and balanced using the BBB method; the Springtails disappeared
    26,000 gal (38'x18') / IG Vinyl outdoor / Filter: Hayward S244T (Sand, 62GPM) / Pump: AO Smith USQ1102 (1 HP).
    History: House purchased with pool Dec 2012. Pool built c.1979 (wooden frame); Current liner needs replacing, age unknown. Pump age unknown. Filter ~2011?
    Completed Pool School: June 2013, with many thanks. Test kit: TF-100. Water source: Deep well pH 7.8, TA 90, CH 80 (and plenty of GA rain!).

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