Pool pests

Installing an inground pool may have more of an ecological effect on your property than you think. There are many biosystems we do not notice around us.

By digging up dirt and binging in rock we expose areas of earth that have potentially been untouched anywhere from decades to millennia.

By adding tens of thousands of gallons of water right outside our homes, we add a virtual oasis for everything that drinks. Birds, bugs, possums, skunks, etc.

In the last few months I have run across at least 3 dead mice, a live mole, a crayfish, a huge chipmunk running around inside my autocover pit, lizards under the hot tub stairs, snakeskins on the pool deck, wolf spiders, deer…this list goes on.

Now these guys have surfaced in droves on the pool deck…they look like worms until you get up close. Then they look like some sort of blood sucking evil from a horror show…and they are everywhere! I spend half an hour yesterday with my gas powered leaf blower and maybe got rid of 50% of them!

Tipula Leatherjackets. Yuck.
Tipula Leatherjackets everywhere!

As best I can tell these are tipula leatherjackets which is a larvae stage of the crane fly. Crane flies are those things that look like giant mosquitoes that don’t bite.

According to my Googling there are many pesticides that just don’t work on these guys. The reason being they have tough skin and no absorption of the chemicals hence the name “leatherjacket”.

I’ve got some powerful stuff to try coming too. Supposedly you need an “imidachlorpid” to get rid of these guys. Amazon has just the thing too. How can you go wrong with something called “Dominion” from “Control Solutions, Inc.?”

Control Solutions Inc. – 82002506 – Dominion 2l – Insecticide – 27.5 oz

If that doesn’t work, the Flowtron BK-80D 80-Watt Electronic Insect Killer, 1-1/2 Acre Coverage (arguably the worlds best bug zapper) will get the crane flies when they mature.

Update: its pretty wet out and the directions on the dominion say not to apply wet as it needs to soak in the ground to work. I’m trying Spectracide Triazicide Insect Killer For Lawns Granules, 20-Pound, 2-Pack granules around the outside of the pool deck as a next step.

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