Cicada Killer Wasps
While they may look scary, Cicada Killers are usually not a danger to humans. While Female Cicada killers do have a stinger, they will only use it if they feel severely threatened. They are solitary wasps meaning they do not have large nests to protect. Males can seem aggressive and territorial, they will often get right in your face to try to keep you away, but they do not have the capability to sting.
Cicada killers are usually about 2 inches long with yellow and black stripes around their body and usually build their nests underground. When you find a nest you will usually see a large mound of dirt right next to the entry point (a small hole about the size of nickel). They are usually active in the late summer in Indiana. Cicada Killers feed on nectar and sap from trees. They get their name because the female will paralyze cicadas to feed their larvae.
Cicada Killers are usually only active for a short time and require no treatment. However at times they can do severe damage to your lawn, or make it impossible to go outside due to the large number of them present. If this is the case Yikes Pest Control can help.
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