How to Get Rid of Cicada Killer Wasps & Avoid Their Stings in West Chester, PA; Life Cycle Facts & Tips
The Cicada Killer Wasp’s abdomen is black with three yellow stripe like markings. They have six legs that are pale red or orange. They have a pair of transparent brownish colored wings. Adult males get up to 1 inch in size with adult females reaching up to 2 inches. They can be quite terrifying to encounter and will leave most people with a lot of questions. Pest Control Technicians, Inc wants to help folks in their quest to find answers and to know more about the cicada killer wasp.
Cicada Killer Wasp Life Cycle Facts
Cicada killer wasps get their name from the fact that they are commonly seen carrying dead cicadas. However adult cicada killer wasps don’t eat their catches themselves. As adults they feed on nectar, sap and other plant life in the area. They hunt and prey on cicada bugs to feed their offspring. Cicada Killer Wasps will begin in late spring to early summer looking for food and to mate. Male’s lives are short lived. Once fully grown they will seek out a female to mate with. After mating, the males die. Females, after they are finished mating, will look for the prefect borrow site. Sometimes the prefect site can be in your garden. The loose soil is an ideal place to dig their borrow. You will often see a hole in the soil with a “U” shaped spread of dirt. This is a female cicada killer wasp; still in the process of digging her borrow. Females will dig a foot down with multiple chambers.
Female cicada killer wasps will go on the hunt for cicadas. While flying over a cicada she will sting them with a paralyzing venom, and then carry them back to her burrow. After the female stuffs her catch down into her burrow she will lay a single egg on each of her catches. She will then seal the hole giving the next generation plenty of food and shelter. After she lays all her eggs the female cicada killer wasp’s life ends and the next generation begins. Eggs will hatch after two to four days after the female has laid her eggs. The larvae will feed on the dead cicada for two weeks. After having their fill, the cicada killer wasp larvae will spin a silk cocoon and sleep through the winter and will emerge as adult come summer.
Cicada Killer Wasp Control & Removal
Do cicada killer wasps pose a problem for people? In most cases, no. They mostly keep to themselves. Male cicada killer wasps are not equipped with stingers. Males will fly around, feed on nectar, and look for a female to mate with. Only the female cicada killer wasp has stingers and unless strongly provoked, the female only use their stingers to hunt for prey. On the rare occasion someone does get stung, the pain is far less then a sting from a yellow jacket wasp. Other than the occasional hole dug in the garden or lawn; most people don’t see them as a problem. For those with allergies to stings, however, definitely don’t want these pests hanging around. If you don’t want wasps flying around your property, you can contact your local pest control company.
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