If you’re getting ready for a swim and see a legion of worms on the deck and floating in the pool water, that puts a damper on things. Why are there worms in the pool? They are attracted to water and to the warmth of the water. The swimming pool contractors from Advanced Pool Care in Memphis, Tennessee remind pool owners that worms are good for the environment, but that doesn’t mean you want to swim with them, right?

Worms typically stay underground and don’t cause any issues. If the weather warms up and it’s raining, they are lured to the surface. You have probably seen them in your driveway and sidewalks. A problem worms have is they don’t have much of a sense of direction and they might just fall into the pool because they can’t find their way back. Once they are in the water, they can’t get out.

Why are there worms in the pool?

How can you keep them out of the swimming pool?

  1. Pool covers are one good way to keep worms out. If the cover is on, they can’t get in.
  2. Clean the pool deck after a storm. If the worms are on the move, you could brush them off the deck and back into the dirt.
  3. Raise the deck. If you want to keep worms from wriggling into the pool, raise the deck so they can’t get in. This may not be a viable option, but it is an option.
  4. Scoop them out as soon as you see them in the water.
  5. Limestone may keep them away. Worms aren’t fond of crushed limestone and the way it raises the pH of the ground and they may just avoid it.
  6. You could resort to insecticide, but that should be the last resort. You don’t want to track it into your pool, you don’t want your children and pets to get in it and worms are beneficial.

A worm in the water won’t hurt it and probably won’t impact water chemistry, but you don’t want to share your swim with them and we get it! Give us a call and talk with one of our experienced pool contractors if worms are bugging you!