Pest Guide: Cicada Killer

Do You Have a Cicada Killer Infestation?

Cicada killers are a common pest in the D.C. area during our hot, muggy summers. If your lawn is suddenly full of dirt patches and torn-up grass, you may have a cicada killer infestation. These large wasps dig holes in soft, sandy soil that is the perfect hiding spot for their young. If your lawn suddenly looks worse for wear, speak with a professional exterminator, and they can identify and eliminate any potential cicada killer infestation.

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What Are Cicada Killers?

Cicada Killer Wasp

Cicada killers, also known as cicada hawks, are large, solitary wasps that capture cicadas and feed them to their young. Ranging in size from half an inch to two inches long, cicada killer adults are fairly docile and feed on nectar. Adult females are significantly larger than males and have a more well-developed stinger, which they use to paralyze cicadas. They carry cicadas back to their burrows, where they lay an egg and then cover.


Common Questions About Cicada Killer

Cicada killers aren't dangerous to humans. Unlike some other wasps, they don't display aggression to humans. Males have an underdeveloped stinger that's little more than a spine, while females have weaker venom than other wasps. Cicada killers can bite, but they rarely, if ever, do so to human skin.

You shouldn't remove cicada killers on your own. These insects can be beneficial to the environment if properly managed. You may also not get all of the cicada killers if you try to remove them on your own, and it may simply damage your property further.

Cicada killers are attracted to cicadas, essential to the insect's life cycle. If your property has deciduous trees that attract cicadas, removing them may help to keep cicada killers away.

Tips for Preventing Cicada Killer

  • Remove any standing water sources
  • Fill in any holes or burrows in the ground.
  • Remove dead cicadas from your property.
  • Keep your lawn well-maintained and trimmed can help discourage cicada killers from nesting.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Cicada Killers

My Pest Pros technicians are trained to identify and eliminate wasps such as cicada killers. Our technicians use EPA-approved products and safety equipment to quickly eliminate the problem so your family can feel safe again outside your home in Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland.

Our trained professionals will create an effective treatment plan to not only eradicates current problems but also provides preventative care. With our protection plan, stinging pests will be eradicated both now and in the future with regular treatment visits.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for cicada killers and stinging pest problems, today and tomorrow.

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