Pest Guide : What are Cicada Killers?

What You Need to Know About Cicada Killers

Cicada killers are large wasps that belong to the genus Sphecius. They are commonly found throughout North America and are known for their distinctive behavior of capturing and paralyzing cicadas, which they then use to feed their young.

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How to Identify a Cicada KillerInfestation

Cicada Killers can be scary looking because of their size

Cicada Killer Wasp

Baldfaced Hornet: Worker hornets are about 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch long, whereas queens are normally bigger than 3/4 of an inch. The identifying characteristic of this hornet is the white pattern over its face, after which it is named.

Cicada killers typically nest in dry, sandy soil in sunny areas, such as gardens, lawns, and fields. They may also nest in areas with exposed soil, such as banks, slopes, and embankments. Cicada killers are solitary wasps, meaning that each female builds her own individual nest, which consists of a burrow in the ground that can be up to a foot deep. The female cicada killer will provision the nest with paralyzed cicadas to provide food for her offspring. The nests are often marked by small mounds of soil surrounding the entrance hole.


Common Questions About Cicada Killer

Cicada killers are attracted to areas where there are cicadas, as they rely on them as a food source for their larvae. If you have cicadas in your area, cicada killers may be drawn to your property.

Cicada killers are generally not dangerous to humans, as they are not aggressive and rarely sting unless provoked. However, their large size and loud buzzing can be intimidating. Cicada killers are good pollinators. However, some homeowners will want cicada killers removed because they are afraid of them, pets or children can be stung, and the holes they cause in the ground can be unsightly.

It is not recommended to try to remove cicada killers yourself, as they are beneficial insects and play an important role in controlling cicada populations. However, if you have a large infestation or are experiencing a lot of activity near your home, it may be best to call a professional exterminator for assistance.

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.

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