Flea like bugs collecting on pool water surface

mkmscr

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Mar 1, 2013
70
Charlotte, USA
I’ve noticed what at first seems to be dirt floating on the water after a bad rain storm or wind storm but when I got closer it looked like thousands of little flea like bugs. All my chems are spot on. I realize we aren’t swimming with the pool water being around 50 degrees. The pool runs about 10 hours per day still to keep things flowing. Filters are clean. Skimmers are clean. Is it simply because the water isn’t being agitated enough? Is it a precursor to an algae bloom? Once I scoop them away (collects like fine dirt in my slimmer basket or net) they generally don’t return unless there is heavy rains. Just curious if anyone else sees them and if it’s nothing to be concerned with. Thank you.
 

Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

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Apr 10, 2018
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Must be a North Carolina thing. Check out this recent thread...

 

The5thFret

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Sep 17, 2018
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Mooresville, NC
I have them too. I’m in Mooresville, NC. I don’t know what they are. Mine are typically floating in the skimmers. I run my pump continuously.
 
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mkmscr

Well-known member
Mar 1, 2013
70
Charlotte, USA
I have them too. I’m in Mooresville, NC. I don’t know what they are. Mine are typically floating in the skimmers. I run my pump continuously.
I’m in Denver, NC and they are definitely like little fleas. They’re definitely living and they clump together. It’s not the end of the world, it skins off easy but just weird. I’m shocked they can live on the water with the chlorine and cold temps.
 

ManiacalMama

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Jul 18, 2017
124
Antelope, CA
They are springtails. They're harmless. They like moisture, damp soil, detritus. Our lawn butts up pretty close to our pool, we usually get them buy the thousands (millions) in the spring/summer. Or at least that's when I notice them the most because we are out there using the pool. Sprinkling a little dry DE around the perimeter of the pool helps some. I've gotten them in the house before too, around sinks and drains. They're gross but don't bite and won't hurt you. Hope this helps put your mind at ease.