You notice a deep buzzing sound near your head, so you duck, and you see a large bee hover overhead. The bee looks terrifying-but this is no ordinary bee. This is a cicada killer wasp, and it might look frightening, but it actually has no intention of stinging you. It only wants to hunt cicadas and bring them back to its nest to feed its young.

However, the female wasps do occasionally sting when obviously or roughly threatened. So, if you do not want to have these pests near your family (or if you enjoy the sound of the cicadas in your backyard), call Ace Walco to schedule wasp relocation or control on your Linden, NJ property.

Don't Mistake These Wasps for European Hornets

Because of their size and coloring, these wasps might look like hornets on first glance. However, they have a few different characteristics:

  • They have a darker, blacker body with a yellow band-like pattern.
  • They have triangular, more fly-like wings that they hold at an angle to their bodies.
  • They can grow 0.5 to two inches long.
  • They make nests in dry sandy soils with lots of sun exposure. The nest will have a U-shaped mound around a hole.
  • They don't live with other cicada killer wasps most of the time. They live alone.
  • They sting cicadas to paralyze them and take them back to their nests to leave with an egg. When the egg hatches, the young devour the cicada.

Even if you want to control the cicadas in your yard, you might not want wasps buzzing around you or potentially stinging children or pets. Fortunately, you can usually eradicate these wasps by planting over any exposed soil.

Call Ace Walco for Help

Perhaps the plants you added didn't drive the wasps away. Or perhaps you think extra plants would mar the aesthetic balance in your yard, so you need another option. Contact us at 800-831- 4223 to schedule cicada killer wasp control today.

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