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.

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. The Cicada Killer has a dark brown body, black abdomen, and bright yellow markings along their bodies.

What is Their Lifestyle?

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

Unlike other wasps, Cicada Killers are 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 Cicada Killers 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 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.

Where Do Cicada Killers 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 Cicada Killer 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.