Termites and Ants
For many years now it has been known and proven that termites and ants will sometimes attack a vinyl pool liner. It is suspected that termites are attracted to the pool area due to dampness in the soil around the pool.
Usually the first signs are very small holes in the liner above the water line. The liner may have dozens of holes in it within a short period of time after they have begun their attack on the liner. Most of the time if the liner is taken out of the bead track and pulled away from the wall you may see trails that the termites have left behind. Usually the holes are relatively small, about an eighth of an inch to a quarter of an inch in diameter and are round or oval shaped holes.
If the pool liner has been attacked by termites or ants, the homeowner is advised to get an exterminator to treat the ground beneath the pool and the area around the perimeter of the pool deck when the liner has to be replaced.
Some of the more likely places for termites or ants to appear are: in the yard which has a stump or a tree removed, where a patio or a walkway has been removed, around wooden flower planters, or a wooden fence around the pool. We average about ten to fifteen reported cases of termites or ants at Tara Manufacturing each year.