help! My sons kiddie pool is a bug graveyard

@mememama (3077)
United States
April 12, 2007 8:51am CST
I nearly puked this morning when I went outside. His pool had a thick layer of dead bugs floating on the top. It didn't come with a cover, so I don't know what to do. Is there anything non-toxic that I can put in the water? I dumped it, but am saddened at the waste of that much water.
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@superchook (1786)
• Australia
12 Apr 07
The only thing I can suggest is tart or a bit of shade cloth to put over the pool when your son isn't using it.
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• Australia
12 Apr 07
Sorry that was meant to be tarp.
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• United States
12 Apr 07
I hate this problem. Have you tried covering it up and adding a few drops of tea tree oil or cironella essential oil? The oil is suppose to help keep the bugs away.
@mememama (3077)
• United States
12 Apr 07
well you know since I cloth diaper-I got tea tree oil! I'll have to try that in addition to the cover.
• Canada
12 Apr 07
even if you do cover up the pool with a tarp it won't solve all your problems. because it's a small kid's pool there is no filter. water can't sit still for too long with out getting algui and fungus build up in it. if the water sits there for a few days you'll notice it starting to turn green. so you are going to have to change the water every couple of days anyway. i had to when i had a kiddie pool and i ended up going to buy one of those easy set pools so i had a filter and could clean it with chemicals.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I think we're going to buy one of those when we have more property. We're renting right now in one of those subdivisions that has the houses two feet apart and a tiny backyard, it's cramped! My mother has one of those set up pools, it's so nice!
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• United States
14 Apr 07
The way we get the bugs away from your kiddie pool is to put 2 bug zapper things about 5 feet away on oppisite sides of the pool and the bugs would go there inside of the water.
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
12 Apr 07
We had this same problem last summer. If I was you I would buy a large tarp to put over it when it isn't in use. As children go in and out of the pool the sometimes get bugs and things in the water.We took a fishing net [like the ones you use in a fish tank] to remove such items. We would still change the water every few days.
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@sarah22 (3981)
• United States
12 Apr 07
well get a plastic bag and drap it over the pool at night. hold it down with some rocks.