How To Get Rid Of Springtails In Salt Water Pool? [Ultimate Guide!]

Spread the love

Itching for a swim? How about a nice long soak in a hot spring or a mineral pool? You might be relaxing in the waters when you notice a small insect crawling on your body. Springtails (or water fleas) are annoying, sometimes even bothersome insects that cause problems for those undergoing saltwater exposure when they try to remove them using insecticidal soap.

If you’ve tried to kill the creepy crawlies in the water and failed, wouldn’t it be nice to know how to get rid of them? Learn more about springtails, the problems they cause, and how to keep them from bothering you in this article.

What Are Springtails?

Springtails are a type of hymenoptera (a type of insect) that are similar to ants in appearance. While ants will always be useful in building your garden, springtails are mostly active at night, making them nocturnal insects. That makes them easier to avoid.

With a name that explains their slimy sheaths that cling to your skin like a second skin while they feed on bacteria, you’d think that springtails are harmful. That’s because springtails have been known to carry parasites and bacteria that cause diseases in humans. In rare instances, people have died from infections caused by springtails.

Their tiny size makes them hard to see, which is probably why most people don’t realize how much annoyance they cause. The scientific name for springtails combines the words “spring” and “tail” because of their elongated shape. You might know them by another name, water fleas, which comes from their tendency to swarm around in swarms. You don’t want to surprise a swarm of hungry water fleas by splashing water on them, so being able to recognize them is important.

Where Do They Come From?

Due to their name, you’d think that springtails come from springs. That’s because they’re typically found in areas where there is a high moisture level in the air. They’ll hide in the damp soil near the water source and ambush their next meal, which often takes the form of a mosquito or other insects. Once they’ve bitten down on their prey, they’ll start to digest it, which provides them with enough energy to keep moving around. If you check out their stomach content, you’ll often find blood, suggesting that they’re either a reptilian parasite or an insect bloodsucker.

If you’re trying to rid your saltwater body of springtails, it’s important to know where they come from and how you’re going to prevent them from breeding in your pool. You don’t want to accidentally spray some sort of insecticide on your baby, so knowing which areas to avoid is vital.

What Do They Eat?

If you’re keeping the children away from the swimming pool for fear of them falling in and getting hurt, it’s important to know what foods they like. Since they get their energy from consuming food, it’s fair to assume that whatever they eat will have an effect on them. Unfortunately, the most popular food source among springtails is humans. In many cases, even when you know what the problem is, you can’t find a solution. It comes down to this: try to keep your pool clean by emptying it at least once a week and cleaning it thoroughly with chlorine. If that’s not possible, then you might want to consider getting a water filter that can remove biological contaminants such as algae and bacteria. Some pools are also equipped with an ultraviolet light which kills any germs in the water.

If you live near a lake, stream, pond, or other fresh water source, then you know that fish are a common food source for these insects. If you’ve ever seen how much food fish waste, then you know that this can cause the population of springtails to soar. One way you combat this is by putting a cover over the water source. This way, the fish will have something else to eat and won’t need to feed on other living creatures. Remember: they’re scavengers and will only eat what they need to survive. When a food source is limited, competition for it will increase which might lead to an infestation of some kind.

How Many Baby Springtails Do They Produce?

Every female springtail can lay up to 500 eggs per year. The eggs will hatch into nymphs that look just like the adults. It’s at this point that you’ll start seeing the problems caused by springtails. When the nymphs grow up and enter the adult stage, the harassment starts. The adult springtails are more nocturnal than the larval stage and will actively seek out their next meal, which often takes the form of a mosquito or other insect. The females will bite down on their prey and start to digest it, creating problems such as skin irritations, mosquito bites, and other rashes in humans. Some people have even died from infections caused by springtails.

For those who are bothered by these insects, the best defense is to keep your pool clean by emptying it at least once a week and cleaning it thoroughly with chlorine. If that’s not possible, then you might want to consider getting a water filter that can remove biological contaminants such as algae and bacteria. Some pools are also equipped with an ultraviolet light which kills any germs in the water.

The next step is for you to decide whether you want to keep the children away from the pool for fear of them falling in and getting hurt or to bring them closer to nature and allow them to enjoy the experience. Since insecticide sprays are generally toxic to children, you might want to opt for the latter.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!