Cicada Killer Wasps

Cicada Killer Wasps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the name states, these wasps kill cicadas and use them as food for their young. Cicada Killers excavate soil to lay eggs their eggs. Although the size of these wasps are intimidating, they are not aggressive and will not defend their area like yellow jackets would. If you or your pet stepped on one, yes they would sting in defense. If it is not possible to use pesticides where the Cicada Killers are creating nests, we recommend keeping the area disturbed by keeping it wet with a sprinkler or hose. This can be enough to make them move along to a quieter area. In some cases these do become a problem and need to be treated, especially where children or pets play. So next time you see this type of nest or these large wasps, you will know what they are and why.

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