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Splash Pad "Creepy Crawlers" identified

Posted at 5:06 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 19:32:32-04

SARPY COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) -- — Slimy creatures could be using the same water park as your kids, but experts say don't be concerned.

Christal Kuchera took a video of the little critters that her children picked up from the Cimarron Woods splash park near 100th & Harrison St. and put in a bag. She posted it to Facebook. A lot of people started guessing what they were, or saying they looked gross.

UNL Extension Office Entomologist Jody Green says they are Soldier Fly Larvae, which are common but not typically seen so may be startling or ugly to some.

Some were still crawling at the splash pad Wednesday.

Green says they're harmless and look for wet and slimy places to breed and grow.

“I'm looking at them and I'm like, ‘I'm not really sure what those are. They're not slugs, they're not worms, they didn't look like leaches’ but that was my first thought,” Kuchera explained. “We always enjoy finding out something new or learning something new about nature and wildlife, so it was fun to find out it was nothing to really be concerned about and maybe beneficial."

Soldier Flies don't look like your typical house fly, but they're beneficial because they break down organic matter.

Green says no need to move pesticides on the larvae just move them to the grass.