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Cicada Killer Wasp

The Cicada Killer is the largest wasp in North America.  This wasp can measure 1 1/2 inches long.  Primarily a beneficial insect, it can be a problem in areas where children or adults play or participate in recreational activities.

This is a solitary wasp, each female taking care of her own young, but it is common to find groups of these wasps in certain areas.  The Cicada Killer is large enough to capture very large insect prey.  The female of the species will carry large insects (such as Cicadas) into burrows she has dug into the sand or soil.  After being stung by the female (male Cicada Killers do not sting) the paralyzed prey will become food for wasp larvae. 

This is not an aggressive wasp towards humans but it will sting if cornered, stepped on or touched by an unsuspecting person.  It is for this reason that their presence is not welcome in areas where children play.  If not a risk for children or adults, leave this wasp alone as it will help keep certain insect populations in check.

If this wasp becomes a liability or pest, individual holes can be treated with Drione Dust or Delta Dust.  Since there can be moisture present in the soil, Delta Dust would be best.  If areas are too large (making individual dusting of each hole too time consuming) a general purpose insecticide can be broadcast over the areas.  Products containing Bifenthrin, Cypermethrin or Permethrin can be used.  To power spray large areas, use a hose end sprayer for application.  For spot treating individual holes, use a pump type sprayer.
Late afternoon or early evening is best time to treat.

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