Cicada Killers in Delaware
Cicada killers are large wasps that get their name from the unique way the females feed their young. They capture and paralyze cicadas and place them in a burrow in the ground to provide food for their larvae. The burrows that these pests dig can cause problems in yards. If cicada killers are disturbed, they will sting you. To protect your Delaware home or business, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective cicada killer control options should an infestation occur.
What Are Cicada Killers?
Cicada killers are large wasps named after their behavior of killing cicadas. Female cicada killers capture and sting a cicada. The sting releases a venom that paralyzes the cicada but does not kill it right away. The cicada killer then takes the cicada back to a burrow that she dug in the ground. Once the burrow is stocked with cicadas, the cicada killer lays an egg and then seals the chamber. When the cicada killer larvae hatch, they feed on the paralyzed cicada for up to two weeks, explain the Delaware pest control experts at Viking Pest.
How To Identify Cicada Killers
Cicada killers are large wasps that are typically around two inches long. They are black or dark brown with yellow markings on their abdomen, states Viking’s certified entomologist. Cicada killers build burrows in the ground and may come out when disturbed by activity above the ground like mowing.
What Problems Can Cicada Killers Cause for Delaware Home and Business Owners?
Having a cicada killer infestation at your home or business can make it difficult to care for or use your lawn. Mowing or having people walk on the lawn may disturb the cicada killers and prompt them to try and protect their nests. A large infestation can also cause damage to the lawn and leave it looking damaged and unhealthy.
When Are Cicada Killers Active in Delaware?
Cicada killers live between one to two months. Pest control experts at Viking explain adult cicada killers emerge in the summer months while females spend their time burrowing, killing cicadas, and laying eggs.
How to Get Rid of Cicada Killers in Delaware
Cicada killer prevention requires the help of a pest control expert in Delaware like us. There are treatment options that can help keep both cicadas and cicada killers out of your home or business.
Does Viking Pest Have a Treatment for Cicadas?
Currently, no pest control product is available to treat the abundance of Cicadas. To view our Cicada FAQ, and for tips to remove Cicadas from your property, please click here.