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Old 08-09-2008, 09:50 PM
 
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So...this is our 1st summer in Savannah. We have a pool and every morning we keep finding these dead "bugs" in our pool that look like tiny, tiny shrimp. Hundreds of them. They also show up in the dog's water bowl that we have outside. I've seen them alive in the pool as well a few times at night and they actually crawl along the bottom of the pool.

When I find them dead on the patio they have turned red and look like ityy-bitty lobsters. When I find them dead in the pool, they are grey.

Does anyone know what these are & how to get rid of them? If it helps, I live on the Southside.

Thanks!
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:43 AM
 
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Gross, I have no idea. They're not mosquito larvae are they? That's what I find in my pets' water bowl.

You can try contacting the county extension agent and see if he can refer you to an entymologist who will know. Chatham County Extension Office | UGA Cooperative Extension
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:08 AM
 
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my guess too, is mosquito larva. That's the only critter that I have ever seen around here that even begins to resemble your description. Except for the fact that you are finding them out of the water on the patio. The only way that I could explain that would be that the eggs were laid in a standing puddle after a rain and then the puddle dried up and left them to die. Those eggs hatch out like magic.

I agree, check with the county extension office. You might want to ask your neighbors if they have seen anything unusual. Most of us that live around here know exactly what mosquito larva look like.
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Old 08-10-2008, 10:50 AM
 
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No, they definitely are not mosquitos. They are too big. They look like teeny shrimp to me.
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:55 PM
 
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Can you take a picture of them and post them here?
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Old 08-10-2008, 01:34 PM
 
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Mosquito larva are bigger than the adult insect. Especially if they are the giant kind....we call 'em "gallon-nippers."

I confess that I am beginning to want to see a picture too. Very interesting! I hope we don't have another bug around. We have enough now!!
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Old 08-10-2008, 01:39 PM
 
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Do they look anything like this?

Flickr Photo Download: Mosquito larva (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rustyblackbird/2586446522/sizes/o/ - broken link)
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:07 PM
 
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No, they don't look like that photo. They truly look like tiny shrimp. I scooped a couple out of the bottom of the pool today to look at more closely. They are grey when in the water but instantly turn a pinkish-red color after sitting in the hot sun for a few seconds. The fact that they turn pink also makes me think tiny shrimp more than insect.

I'll try to post a photo this week.
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:58 PM
 
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Ok, I am back with a photo. Here it is. Keep in mind these are *tiny* little things:

http://site.pillowsandthrows.com/files/DSCN1342.JPG (broken link)
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Old 09-25-2008, 05:32 PM
 
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Where did everyone go? Now I'm dying to know what those critters are...and no returns to give ideas! GAH! Someone come tell what they are!
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