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Thread: Bug spray in pool, please help!

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    Bug spray in pool, please help!

    I have an intex pool and recently had some yellow jackets build a hive inside one of the openings around the top rail. I shot some wasp/hornet spray in there and then flushed it out with the hose. When I flushed it out with the hose, the bug spray got in the pool and now there is a clear oily film on the surface of the water. Do I need to drain all the water and do a complete refill?

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    Re: Bug spray in pool, please help!

    Bleach will likely take care of it in time. Or you can buy a scumball at the pool store, which is a foam thing that floats around and absorbs oils. The most expensive option is Pool Perfect enzyme, but a jug of that would likely cost a lot more than refilling the pool.

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    Re: Bug spray in pool, please help!

    Richard, will chemicals in the spray pose any health risk or will the bleach take care of it? Right now I've got the pump set to waste with the skimmer open trying to drain it off the surface of the water.

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    Re: Bug spray in pool, please help!

    I have no idea about the health risks. But oxidized by bleach is the same as burning. The good stuff in spray cans usually evaporates anyway.

    What you're doing sounds like a good way to get the stuff off the surface.
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    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Bug spray in pool, please help!

    thank you for your help. i'll raise it to shock levels tonight.

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    Re: Bug spray in pool, please help!

    Take a look at the ingredients in the can of bee killer. Alot that i have came across have permethrin in them. The general consensus that i gather is that in smaller amounts its not generally hazardous. Information is gathered from here.
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