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What do cicada killer wasps look like?

  • Size: 1.5 inches
  • Color: Black with yellow marking on the thorax and abdomen. Translucent wings that have an orange hue. 
  • Body Structure: Head, thorax, abdomen, wings, and stinger
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Characteristics of cicada killer wasps

Cicada killer wasps are solitary wasps, they do not make a colony with a queen, workers, and drones like yellow jackets and other stinging insects. Instead they establish and maintain their nests and raise their young alone.  

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Where do cicada killer wasps nest?

Cicada killer wasps are ground nesting stinging insects that will tunnel up to 2-feet deep in order to establish cells for breeding purposes. Nest holes are about the size of a quarter. Cicada killer wasps often establish nests or burrows near cicada populations and are often found along sidewalks, driveways, and flower beds as well as in lawns, golf courses, and sandy areas on playgrounds. 

What do cicada killer wasps eat?

Adult cicada killer wasps feed on flower nectar. Cicada killer wasp larvae feed on cicadas. Females will capture and paralyze cicadas then place them in the cells along with a single egg and then seal the cell. The larvae feed on the cicadas as they develop. 

Are cicada killer wasps dangerous?

While female cicada killer wasps can sting, they don't usually do so unless threatened or handled. A cicada killer wasp sting is not usually severe, however reactions vary by individual. Medical treatment should be sought if the recipient of the sting is showing signs of an allergic reaction. 

Male cicada killer wasps cannot sting but may "dive-bomb" people and animals that they consider a threat in their territory. 

Why do I have an cicada killer wasp infestation?

If you've noticed cicada killer wasps buzzing around your property or noticed u-shaped burrows in your yard, it's likely you have an active cicada population nearby. These wasps are also attracted to well-drained, light-textured soils and sparse lawns. 

How do I get rid of cicada killer wasps?

For effective pest control services that eliminate cicada killer wasps, contact a licensed pest control company. At Miller Pest & Termite, we’ve been taking care of stinging insects and other pests since 2001 and are ready to help you get rid of these solitary wasps!  

How can I prevent a cicada killer wasp problem?

It's quite difficult to prevent cicada killer wasps from nesting on your property, especially if cicadas are present. Since these large wasps do not like healthy lawns, the best way to prevent them is to keep your lawn in tip top shape. 

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