Pest Control for Cicada Killer Wasps in Central Illinois

Cicada killers are a type of wasp whose name makes them sound more menacing than they really are. If you see one, you may still want to give it some space to avoid getting stung, but these insects will typically leave you alone. However, they’re not usually the kind of guests you want at your garden party. So if you see them buzzing around your backyard, it’s probably best to contact a cicada killer wasp pest control company to help you get rid of them.

What Is A Cicada Killer?

As the name implies, a cicada killer is a wasp that kills cicadas. They use their stingers to paralyze unsuspecting cicada prey and serve them to their babies as their next meal. Cicada killer wasps are also commonly referred to as digger wasps because they burrow into the ground to build their homes. Their burrows look like a cylindrical hole, about ½ inch in diameter, but they can be around ten to fifteen inches deep. The multiple chambers connect underground and can form roughly 70 inches of tunnels. The females dig the tunnels and lay their eggs in the chambers. 

Cicada killers may get rid of cicadas from your garden, but if they are not stopped early on, your plants will have a difficult time growing beneath the surface of the soil. You will also have a wasp infestation. They often burrow in sandy spots and sparse areas of your lawn. To hunt, they seek out sunny spots near the trees where the cicadas live. If you see a cicada killer wasp or find their burrow holes around your yard or garden, you may want to create a safe plan to kill the cicada killers before they do too much damage.

Cicada Killer Wasp

What Do Cicada Killer Wasps Look Like?

Cicada killer wasps can grow up to two inches long with stingers measuring ¼ inch, making them quite intimidating. The abdomen portion of their segmented bodies is black with yellow markings, their legs are orange or pale red, and their wings are brown. The females are twice the size of the males and are the only ones that sting.

American Pest Control

American Pest Control has experience with cicada killer wasp control in local areas and is familiar with their habits. To get started, we’ll provide you with a transparent quote for our services. Then we can track the wasps down and safely remove them, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. 

Contact us to learn more about how to kill cicada killers and treat your property for pests of all kinds. We also offer quarterly services to keep your property pest-free all year.

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