Sometimes mistaken by locals as a giant bee, the Cicada Killer Wasp, on the surface, seems like an insect not to be reckoned with. These wasps are typically found through the United States, Mexico, and in some parts of Central America. If left unchecked on a property, these insects can become an annoyance for residents, workers and owners.

In order to know how to get rid of these insects, it is important to first know what you are  dealing with.  If you are unsure about an insect or hive that you have seen or heard about, read our frequently asked questions below to get a better idea about what you should look for. These frequently asked questions about these wasps are intended to clear certain misconceptions as well.

Before you continue, please note that it is never a smart move to approach an insect or hive without being certain about what you are dealing with. Always call a reliable and environment friendly pest removal company to be certain and for your and your family’s safety.

What Do They Look Like?

With bodies that can be as long as 1 ½ inches, Cicada Killer Wasps are generally on the larger side of the species. Their colors are similar to the European Wasp, which is the insect they are usually mistaken for. This sub type in particular, has a dark brown body, black abdomen, and bright yellow markings along their bodies. Many species of bees and wasps have similar physical attributes. It is often hard to see the difference unless you see multiple insects side by side.

What is The Lifestyle of the Cicada Killer Wasp?

The Cicada Killer’s lifestyle is all in its name. They are great predator insects. They can most often be seen carrying another wasp around after a fresh kill. However, Cicadas are not the only feeding habit this wasp has. Every once in a while they also thrive off of nectar from local flowers.

Unlike other wasps, they are much more of a solitary species and do not travel or nest in large groups. Cicada Killers begin to show up around properties in June and July, dying off in the late fall.

Texas Cicada Killer Wasp

Are They Dangerous?

Although they are a larger form of wasp, the Cicada Killer is relatively harmless towards humans. Only females have stingers and they are only used when feeling extremely provoked by humans or when killing another Cicada. Male Cicada Killers have a barb at the end of their abdomen and may nudge at something threatening, but really, they do not pose much of a threat to humans. However, it is still not smart to approach them without protective clothing. These wasps like many other, do sting when provoked. They would consider it a major sign of aggression and will retaliate if you approach their nest.

Where Do These Wasps Nest?

Cicada Killers can be found in the driest parts of a home’s lawn. They love to nest in sparse lawn sections or very dry soil. One interesting fact about Cicada Killers is that the nest itself is a Cicada corpse that has been used to lay eggs in and weave a nest around while the eggs hatch.

Contact Bee Safe Bee Removal For Efficient Cicada Killer Removal from Your Property

Even though these wasps are not a general threat to people, they are still something that can be considered a nuisance to homeowners. DIY removal may be an initial solution, but the wasps may return next season. Contact Bee Safe Bee Removal to get rid of your Cicada Killers and ensure that they do not come back as unwanted guests next summer.

 

 

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