Finding maggots in my swimming pool is possibly one of the most disgusting things that this new season has brought to our home. I thought that treating the water would be enough to get rid of any kind of bacteria or bugs! But I was wrong.
Maggots in the swimming pool are not only unsightly, but they can also be dangerous. If you have found maggots in your pool, it is important to determine where they are coming from and take steps to get rid of them. Let’s see the causes of a maggot infestation in pools and provide tips on how to get rid of them.
Where do maggots come from?
Maggots are the larvae of flies, and they can be found in a variety of places. Typically feed on organic matter, so they are often found in areas where there is a build-up of garbage, compost, or other decaying materials.
You can find them as well commonly in areas where there is a lot of animal feces, such as in stables, barns, and animal pens. And also in the carcasses of dead animals.
How long do maggots live?
Maggots go through three stages of development: the larval stage, where it is feeding and growing, the pupal stage, where it transforms into an adult fly and then finally the adult stage.
The lifespan of a maggot depends on several factors, including the species of fly that laid the eggs, the temperature and humidity of the environment, and the availability of food. But, in general, maggots live roughly 8-10 days until they become adult fly.
Why are there maggots in my swimming pool?
Don’t worry, as I have found out, it turns out that it’s a common problem and it’s easily solved. Maggots have most likely been deposited into your pool by an adult fly. Unfortunately, given the perfect combination of warm temperatures and moisture in your pool, the eggs can hatch and the larvae can develop quickly.
The good news is that maggots should never adversely affect water quality as they only consume organic debris; however, they can be disgusting!
How to Get Rid of Maggots in your Pool
We are assuming here that you have already checked the levels of chemicals and cleanliness, there is nothing more satisfying than taking the plunge into crisp, clear water. They say that a clean pool is essential for maintaining good health, so investing time and energy into keeping it pristine is worth it!
But yet…you have found maggots in it!
Here’s how to get rid of the larvae:
- Check the state of things and remove any debris from the pool.
Check where the maggots are concentrated and, very importantly, check the filter as it may be full of them. Give it a good clean.
Next, you will need to remove any debris from the pool. If there is any organic matter present, such as leaves, twigs, dirt, or other debris near or in your pool, this could be a potential source of maggot infestation. It’s best to remove anything that could be giving them a place to breed and lay eggs.
- Use a net to remove the maggots.
Once you have removed all of the debris from the pool, you can use a net to remove the maggots.
- Vacuum the pool.
Now you will need to vacuum it. This will help to remove any eggs that may be in the water.
Using a pool vacuum is an effective way of removing both adult maggots and their eggs from the swimming pool’s surface. You can then rinse off the floor of your pool with chlorine or other chemical disinfectants to further kill any larvae.
- Shock the pool.
Finally, you will need to shock the pool. This will kill any remaining maggots and eggs in the water. Pool shock is a chlorine-based treatment that kills off any bacteria or organisms in your swimming pool.
How to Keep the Maggots away from your Pool
By following these steps and regularly maintaining the cleanliness of your pool, you can help to keep it free from maggots, allowing you to enjoy a refreshing swim. Read here about optimal Chlorine levels for your pool and for Ph levels in here.
If you continue to experience problems with maggots in your pool, you may want to consult a professional pool cleaner for additional advice and assistance.
It is also important to note that maggots can enter your pool from the outside environment too; so it’s important to keep an eye out for potential sources of infestation near your pool. By taking preventative measures, you can help to ensure that maggots won’t reappear again anytime soon!
That’s it – you now have a complete guide on how to get rid of maggots in your swimming pool. Keep up with the care and maintenance of your pool and enjoy a refreshing swim without any unwanted guests! Good luck!