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    Flying ants?

    Hey all, last night a thunderstorm came upon us rather quickly. We were kind of in a rush to get out of he pool and left 3 of those swim ways rafts in the pool overnight. This morning more storms came through and now it has cleared up. The rafts were covered with those big ants with wings. Just wondering if other folks in the south have this? Was it because of the storms or is it just something that happens overnight. I would hate to be swimming late at night and get swarmed by these things. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks, Ryan
    23k gal, IG, vinyl, Pentair sand filter, 1 hp single speed pump, pool pilot digital swg, Hayward sharkvac. Built May 2013

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    Re: Flying ants?

    My neighbors have a lot of trees and I think they blow in / down from those. It seems to be heavy for a while then they go away. I went out one morning and they were all huddled up on the vacuum hose playing king of the hill trying to stay out of the salt water. They seem to have dwindled a lot so far for me.
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    Re: Flying ants?

    My pool gets them too especially after a rain or a bad storm. Dad called them wood ants.
    \And they bite and leave welts
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    Re: Flying ants?

    I have heard them called "Drone" ants and today we have hundreds of them swimming in our pool. I just spent 30 minutes with the net ushering most of them into the skimmer baskets. We had 1-2 inches of rainfall early yesterday morning and for some reason, that seems to bring them around. What a nuisance! We want to go for a swim later, but will probably end up spending even more time skimming them off the pool first. If anyone has a solution to keeping these dumb drones away, I would love to hear it!!
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    Re: Flying ants?

    me too, TanyaK140. I want to get rid of them.
    20 x 48 Intex Ultra Frame
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    Deck added on (05/18/2013)
    Thinking about adding more deck
    Pool steps added in - (got rid of that crappy ladder that came with Intex pool) 05/18/2013.

    "A little bit of paradise in our yard"

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    Re: Flying ants?

    Same problem here in north Louisiana. We noticed after a quick rain a couple days ago, the ants would fall out of the trees when a nice little gust of wind would blow by.

    I'm not aware of any way to prevent this though, other than keeping the pool cover on while not in use. Maybe keep the skimmer handy while swimming to grab any that dive in.
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    Re: Flying ants?

    We started getting them this weekend, too, here in South Florida. It happens every year in late Spring or early Summer for a few days. I don't know if it's the temperature or the rain that brings them out, but those flying ants are pretty reliable!
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    Re: Flying ants?

    we get them in austin tx. They also bite. We have had them for about the last week. We also had them last may. Rain recently took the water level above the skimmers so we werent getting rid of them. Water level finally evaporated so the skimmers are clearing them out.
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    Re: Flying ants?

    We got these in North Fort Worth, TX also... Shortly after a rain.

    What I'm concerned about is my filter now. Looks like these guys are small enough to make it through the baskets. Think I'll need to clean out the big boy filter this weekend now.
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    Re: Flying ants?

    Yep, we get the ants as well. I just make sure to net them out and clean the skimmer more frequently. Have not been a problem yet.

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    Re: Flying ants?

    Hello, i am in South Carolina and we have those biting little buggers. Last night we fogged before going for a swim but right after that it came up a fast windy storm so cant say it the fogging worked but I will let you know next time we fog if it helps. I am thinking it should since they are flying and it is a fog for flying insects, keeping fingers crossed!!
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    Re: Flying ants?

    I live south of Chicago, IL and we had them either last year or the year before. From what my lawn guy told me, the come out of the ground once a year to mate. Ours happened after a rain also and it was like a plague outside. You couldn't even be out there because there were flying ants everywhere. Took me days to get them out of my pool.
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    Re: Flying ants?

    We had a big rainstorm on Memorial day down here in West Texas. myself and another pool owner live 30 miles away from each other. We both had the same blasted bugs in our pools.
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    Re: Flying ants?

    Well, seeing that this thread is from June 2013 I guess it's a yearly thing. We have had them for a couple of weeks.
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    Re: Flying ants?

    We fogged again last night and hopefully we have found the trick to keeping them out of pool area while we are!! after I removed the ones from pool and we fogged , I didn't see anymore, got to go buy some more fog medicine!!
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    Re: Flying ants?

    Just a note from California since you all seem to be in the South. We had a ~1-day swarm of them here as well. Not as many as it sounds like some of you get and it lasted less than two days. I don't remember seeing them last year, at least not in any significant numbers. This time there were dozens and dozens (not quite hundreds, I'd say) all over the pool.
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    Re: Flying ants?

    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyAle View Post
    We got these in North Fort Worth, TX also... Shortly after a rain.

    What I'm concerned about is my filter now. Looks like these guys are small enough to make it through the baskets. Think I'll need to clean out the big boy filter this weekend now.
    Skimmer socks may be a help for you. If the skimmer is not too large you can use Knee-Hi stockings.
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    Re: Flying ants?

    I've got them now too!!! Ugh. Every time I look in the pool , there's another one and I have NO IDEA where they are coming from!!!
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    Re: Flying ants?

    Termites swarm too. You have to look closely at them to tell the difference.


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    Re: Flying ants?

    Of course that's the first thing I thought when I saw them because my neighbor had termites not too long ago. There are enough of them that I was able to examine several of them closely enough to tell that they are just flying ants (THANK GOD!) but I have NO IDEA where they are coming from. I can stand there for 10 minutes staring at the air over the pool and never see a single flying ant, then look at the pool and all of a sudden theres like 5 on the surface lol.
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