Cicada Killer Wasp

Cicada Killer Wasp

The Cicada Killer Wasp gets its name from the fact it hunts and puts a cicada in each of its nests as food for its young (larva). The Cicada Killer is an ominous looking wasp that flies around homes and business in the spring and early summer being a nuisance. Many people think this is a very large Yellowjacket. This large wasp is recognized by measuring about 1 and 5/8 inch long and with a rusty to black color with yellowish markings on its abdomen. It is also recognized by the large holes it borrows into the ground to lay its eggs. Typically they use bare ground as nesting sites. Each Cicada Killer digs a single borrow, then locates a cicada, stings it, and brings the paralyzed cicada back to the burrow. One or 2 cicadas may be placed in each burrow and an egg is deposited on one of the cicadas. The wasp larva feeds on the paralyzed cicada. These large dangerous looking wasps, generally the females will not sing unless handled or stepped on, males will buzz people but cannot sting. These insects are beneficial by helping control the cicada population. If the Cicada Killer Wasp becomes too much of a nuisance, cover as much of the bare ground around your home or business as you can or we can treat the bare ground area with limited effect over the nesting period.