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Cicada Killer Wasps

Pest Guide > Cicada Killer Wasps

What do Cicada Killers look like?

cicada killer wasp on a white backgroundCicada killers vary in color from black to red depending on their specific species; typically yellow banding is found on their abdomen. Cicada killers are a very large species of wasp and grow to between 2 and 3 inches in length. These wasps have reddish brown heads and large transparent wings that are brownish in color and heavily veined.

Are Cicada Killers dangerous?

Despite their name and large startling appearance, cicada killers are not particularly dangerous. The males do not have a stinger and the females are very docile and rarely if ever sting unless they are being directly provoked. It is usually only when cicada killers build their nests in high traffic areas like near an exit or entrance of your home that they become a threat to you, your children, or pets and action needs to be taken against these environmentally beneficial pests.  

What do cicada killers eat?

Adult cicada killer females and males feed on plant nectar and other plant juices. The females hunt cicada and other insects; stinging and paralyzing them. The female then takes the prey back to her burrow where their larvae feed on upon the dead insect after they hatch.

Where do cicada killers nest?

Cicada killers are a solitary species and can be found burrowing into the ground to create their nests. They typically choose soil that is loose and sandy to nest in. Cicada killers can be found burrowing near the edges of wooded areas, in gardens, and in bare spots found in lawns.

How do you get rid of cicada killers?

The best way to eliminate cicada killers from your property is to get help from a professional that has familiarity removing these pests from properties. At Spencer Pest Services we can get rid of cicada killers from your property through our stinging insect control services. Our pest control professionals have the experience and training needed to find and eliminate cicada killers from any property. Contact us today for more information about our stinging insect control services.

Cicada killer prevention tips

It can be very difficult to completely prevent cicada killers from choosing your property to nest on. The best way to prevent these pests from choosing your lawn to burrow into is to make sure that your lawn is always healthy, well maintained; and that any bare spots found are repaired.


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