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    boatman bugs

    i always have a few of those boatman bugs (maybe they are "backswimmers", i'm not sure) swimming around in the pool every year, but this year there seem to be alot more of them. anybody know of anything i can do to get rid of them? anything i can add to the water to kill 'em? or SHOULD i ??? after reading a little on them, they say these little guys eat algae, which i suppose is a good thing, they are just annoying. any ideas? thanx.

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    Re: boatman bugs

    I just skim them out with the net and fling them out of the pool, not much else you can do.....

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    Re: boatman bugs

    I was getting them every year too. This spring they showed up a week after opening just like they always do. Over the winter I decided to and borates to the pool for that reason and the other benefits of borates and they were gone within a week and I have never seen one since then.
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    Re: boatman bugs

    I myself just killed a backswimmer after it bit my daughter twice, thats been the only one I've seen.

    I keep my chlorine levels pretty high as I'm still adding cya. I just ordered some boric acid from a chemical supply company and am going to add that as well. I have read great things about the use of borates in pool water, so I said "hey, I'll give it a shot".

    I've read where you can get by cheaper by adding borax and MA, but for me the convenience of just adding this powder to the water and not having to worry so much about my PH and TA levels was the deal sealer..lol..I'm really new at this and until I completely get the hang of it, I will pay a little extra for getting it right...lol

    It's still a LOT cheaper than I was spending on Baquacil products that didn't even keep my water clear.
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    Re: boatman bugs

    Quote Originally Posted by pepsiholic
    I just ordered some boric acid from a chemical supply company
    Care to give the website of this company? I've been looking to do the same.
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    Re: boatman bugs

    This is where I ordered from http://www.proteampoolcare.com. But make sure to order Proteam Supreme Plus if you don't want to have to add any acid. The Plus is PH nutrual, that is what I ordered, the less I have to mess with, the better...lol.. I guess it's more of a pool supply company, but we have nowhere around here that sells it. Hope this helps
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