Tiny yellow bugs eat me up when I go out to my swimming pool! I want them gone!

@stephcjh (32388)
United States
June 5, 2008 6:24am CST
Hi my fellow friends of Mylot. I have been battling these tiny yellow bugs for about ten years now. They are very small but they do bite and you CAN see them. They land all over my skin and bathing suit when I go out to swim. It does not matter what color I wear either. I have even used bug spray but that seems to attract them even more. They land in my hair too. I hate it. They crawl all over the railing of my pool too. We have sprayed our yard with seven dust and another pesticide. We also use citranella candles but nothing keeps them away when we are outside trying to have fun. It ruins my summer. Do you have these kinds of bugs? Do they bother you? How can I keep these bugs away from my pool mostly and out of my yard if I need to?
3 people like this
20 responses
@winterose (39927)
• Canada
6 Jun 08
no I have never seen these bugs before and I would be afraid to go swimming if I did, I wouldn't even go outside, bugs are always attracted to me and I am so fed up I want to kill myself.
1 person likes this
@stephcjh (32388)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I am fed up with the bugs too. We put down some seven today and that seemed to help but it was windy outside so that may have kept them away also. We had a four foot snake in my back yard today even though we was outside working. the dang thing came right up to where our deck is. I hate them too. I don't know what drives me nuts the worse here where we live. It is always something. I guess bugs aren't so bad after all. It just makes you want to stay indoors because of snakes, bugs, and you name it.
• United States
21 Jun 11
Did you ever find anything to get rid of these pesky bugs. We had a pool up last year and never had any problem. We just put a new pool up this year, and these bugs are crawling on the pool rails, ladder and filter hoses. They are floating in the water too. They are barely visible, but they are a pain in the a**. Please share if you have any ideas or anything that worked!! they are driving me insane. thanks
@p1kef1sh (45648)
5 Jun 08
We have something similar here too Steph. We call them Thunderbugs, they're a thrip type bug although I don't recall ever being bitten. I've never been able to control them. There are too many for a start. They come off the fields at night and during the harvest. Does it happen at all times of the day and night, or just afternoons? Short of enclosing the pool, I can't think of anything that you aren't already doing to combat the pesky things.
1 person likes this
@stephcjh (32388)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Yeah. they are called thrips. I looked them up the other day. some look yellow and some look orange. I sprayed bug spray and it attracted them and killed them. I don't want to attract them at all. I want to repel them. My daughter is going out to spray down some seven and see if that helps. I sure hope so. They eat me up and land all over me when I am outside. They mainly come out when the sun is shining. Our pool has a deck and a fence arounf it, but those dang things come to the pool every time. There are a bunch of them and you cannot see them until the land. I see them on my skin and feel them biting me. I see them in my hair and on my bathing suti too. It drives me nuts. I hope this seven works today.
@p1kef1sh (45648)
17 Jun 08
I hope that you got them under control and thank you for the BR.
@checapricorn (16076)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Hello stephcjh, NEW- Bug Away Long - Yellow Humane and simple to use, the Bug Away helps you remove unwelcome creepy-crawlies without killing them - and all at arms length. Once enclosed in the container at the end of the pole, your bug can be put outside - or even shown to your children for interest. I hope this will help in a way. I don't have patience for bugs too, that will always irritate me. So far, we don't have any bugs that are bothering us in the yard this time!
1 person likes this
@stephcjh (32388)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Hi there. I wouldn't mind if it killed them because they are a nuisance anyway. they do not but bite people and crawl all over your skin, clothes and get in your hair. They drive me crazy and ruin my summer in the pool. I would love for something to just keep them away from my 1/4 acre property. That would help alot. I want them away from ym swimming pool for sure.
• Malaysia
5 Jun 08
What the bug is that? Do you have any photo of them? There are similar bug here, but in green color, which can itchy and swollen while they bite you.
1 person likes this
@stephcjh (32388)
• United States
5 Jun 08
These bugs are called thrips. I looked them up online the other day. They come in about three different one tone colors. The ones we have are yellow and they are very small. they land all around my pool area in the summertime in the daylight. they get on my skin and bite me, in my hair and all over my bathing suit. I wish I could get rid of them because I will not get in my pool when they are out like that. I don't have any photos of them. I dip down in the pool to get them off of me and they come right back to me.
@Erratic (724)
• Australia
5 Jun 08
I have heard of these but have no idea how to combat them. If I seen that at a pool I was going to I would give it a miss. You haven't said wethere the pool has a cleaner or whatever. I suggest seeing a pool supplier and having a chat with them about it. Or whoever maintains the local public pool because you never see them at a public pool.
1 person likes this
@stephcjh (32388)
• United States
5 Jun 08
These things mainly come out in the summer time and in the daylight hours only. They love to land around the sides of my pool and on the railing and deck area. They hardly ever get in the water. They just like to land around the edges of it and on me. They love to land on me and bite my skin, land in my hair and on my bathing suit. I cannot stand it and it ruins my time in the pool. I get out and come in because of it. Most people have not heard of these bugs. I have even called an exterminator and they have no clue what I am talking about. you are right about the public pool thing. I would love to know what they use to keep them away.
5 Jun 08
For a start I would love to have my own swimming pool!! I cant offer you any advice about the bugs as it seems you have tried just abou everything there is!! lol I hate insects that fly around me while Im enjoying the outdoors. Ive not seen aby of these yellow bugs, do they just come out in the summer or are they around all year long??
1 person likes this
@stephcjh (32388)
• United States
5 Jun 08
I hope you can get a pool someday then. These bugs come out in the summertime and they love water. I don't have a problem with them any other time of the year. They like to land all around my deck and edges of my pool and crawl around. they get in my pool sometimes too and crawl along the edges of the liner and sometimes in the water. they are tiny but a nuisance and they do bite, just enough to annoy you.
@abercc (2)
23 May 12
http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/bimg119.html These things are called "Thrips". It's the same terminology when speaking of one Thrips or multiple Thrips. I have yet to figure out how to get rid of them, but at least they have a name now!!
@KrauseHome (28094)
• United States
12 Jul 11
Wow!! This does not sound Fun. Now that it is summer are you having problems with them still? I have never heard of bugs that nothing will touch them including bug sprays, etc. There must be something in your skin that continues to attract them to you no matter what you do. Personally if it was me, I would be desperate too. Seeing a Doctor, getting anything that can help eliminate these for good.
• United States
21 Jun 11
Did you ever find anything to help combat these mini terror bugs! I have them around our pool also and they are driving me insane!! on the pool rails, filter hoses, ladder, etc. They are teeny tiny and orange/red in color. Any help/ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!
• United States
3 Jul 09
I can't offer any helpful advice, I'm afraid, but I can offer a couple pictures I snapped. (Never would've gotten even THIS quality with my old camera.) The first is of the specimen, albeit somewhat blurry due to my camera deeming my arm hair more important. The latter is of the marks they left . . . Vicious little buggers! They look like tiny incisions! Anyway, I hope someone finds this helpful in some way. --Nick http://i41.tinypic.com/2h2i2av.jpg http://i40.tinypic.com/2ztkp69.jpg
• United States
3 Jul 09
I'm afraid I can't offer any advice, but I can offer some pictures I snapped. (Wouldn't have gotten CLOSE to this quality with my old camera.) The first is of the specimen itself, albeit a little blurry, because my camera decided my arm hair was more important. The latter is of the strange marks they left on my arm . . . Such vicious little buggers! Hopefully someone finds this helpful in SOME way. --Nick http://i41.tinypic.com/2h2i2av.jpg http://i40.tinypic.com/2ztkp69.jpg
• United States
26 Jun 09
I'm bothered with the pests also. My boyfriend says it's all in my mind. I now have proof, thanks to you.
@ersmommy1 (12607)
• United States
19 May 09
I heard lady bugs have been used to control the population of these lil pests. are helpful too. And better for the environment than chemicals. nsecticidal Soap Spray 1 to 2 tablespoons liquid soap 1 quart water use Dr.Bronner’s Liquid Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap, see how that works.
• United States
18 May 09
I wish I could afford a pool too but it is too expensive to keep up with. As for the bugs I hate bugs there so annoying. It's not fun when they bite and make you itch or hurt. I hope you get rid of this nasty bugs. I can't stand bugs they creep me out. They are nothing but pests.
@suspenseful (40331)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
I have no idea what kind of bugs these are. It could come from not getting the pool cleaned regularly. I would see a pool cleaning company about it and see what they recommend. Citronella candles do not work, by the way. But after much searching, I did find a site http://www.homeownernet.com/articles/garpest.html but you have to be careful. We just have mosquitoes, and flies and no see ums. Oh our mosquitoes are so large we have to lasso them.
• United States
11 Aug 08
Hello Stephcjh My name is Mandy and I live in Dickson, Tenn. I just bought a pool about a month ago and I have probably been in it maybe 6x's. I feel your pain about these bugs. Mine are not yellow, but brown. I have been everywhere I can think of to find out what in the world they are, and finally I went to our local Ag. and he told me that they are thirps. They are everywhere!!!! And at night they collect in my skimmer and stick to the sides. I have wiped them out numerous times, and each time I come back it's like there is 100 more. I am just miserable. I have went in debt for somethin that I can't enjoy. It's like buying a car and not being able to drive it. The guy told me about Seven, but I use it quite a bit because of the japanesse beetles(you have that problem to) so he told me about Malathion. You can get it at your local CO-OP if you have one. And spray it around your pool. I am praying that this works for me. I would like to enjoy my pool. I understand your trouble, Mandy Newborn
@roger3611 (200)
• China
12 Jun 08
well, sorry for your hurts don't know what the bug's name, but it must be really disgusting...
@BYOLA2871 (4376)
• South Africa
9 Jun 08
i have never experienced this kind of attack with such bugs before why dont you call a pool expert to see if it has to do with the pool,or call in a pest expert who can now give you an advise on how to permanently eradicate the bugs
• Indonesia
6 Jun 08
Ugh, I hate bugs. I wish I could have a swimming pool at home. I don't know what those things are so I look for in the internet for thrips. They are some ugly bugs Have you tried pesticides?
@Lifelight (130)
• Sweden
6 Jun 08
Sometimes I am greatful I live in the dark, cold scandinavia! I never heard of these bugs, and am I glad! They do sound very nasty steph! I live in Sweden and we do not have any dangerous wildlife we do have bear, wolf, a big cat I don't remember the english name for but it is similar to the puma. "Thanks" to stupid people they are almost extinct We also have one snake that could be hazardous but we hardly ever see them.