can you please help w/ the following questions about cicada killers
we have a big population of the 17 year cicada and now (for the 3rd yr) have more and more
we have 3 dogs so i want to use the correct products as not to harm people or pets
i thought the bees were diving into the holes containing the sleeping cicadas
but after watching the video, it seems the bees are making the holes and
laying eggs then bringing the cicadas in for feeding
please send any info you can to solve the bee problem, safely
If you read through our CICADA KILLER CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll find we recommend a liquid treatment down their nests for quick control when dealing with this pest. If you wait till they start showing up, I’m afraid you’ll need to use both to solve the problem so you might want to consider treating now, before they arrive, which will also enable you to apply “pet friendly” organic products. We carry all options and have learned the organic products are best suited when trying to prevent pests. Once you’ve got something many times the best solution will be the pesticide concentrates listed in our articles. And though these products can be used safely in the yard where dogs and people are active, you will need to keep them out during the application and for a short while afterward as well. Our SAFETY VIDEO’S cover everything you need to learn and are a good watch beforehand so you are best prepared for the task at hand.
Now if you prefer to use some organic products, there are two options you can start using now which will really help. This first is BUG PATROL. This product is certified for organic gardening and won’t pose any hazard to people or pets in the yard and would be a great way to stop them now, before they get going this year, which is always easier in the long run. Bug Patrol comes with it’s own sprayer and all you need to do is hook it to your garden hose and spray away.
Lastly, the most “totally green” option is our INSECT REPELLENT CONCENTRATE. Most commonly used in paint or stain as an additive, you can spray it out over the lawn and house with the purpose of chasing way or repelling insects. I know it works on wasps and bees and is perfectly safe for the lawn and other plants so it might be a good option to apply now as well. I’d recommend using it every 2 months and if they (or some other unwanted pest) does show up, move to the Bug Patrol or the CYPERMETHRIN listed in our article since these will be insect killes whereas the insect repellent won’t kill a thing.
Hope this helps! Here are direct links to the information and products listed above: