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Cicada Killers in Philadelphia, PA.

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Cicada Killers in Philadelphia, PA.

Hi!

My name is Lorraine I live in Philadelphia, PA. I have cicada killer wasps burrowing in my backyard. What advice can you give for controlling them

Sincerely,
Lorraine

Date Posted: 2006-08-17 Comments: (4) Show Comments Hide Comments

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Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2010-11-26 | Website:

Hi Lorraine

Thanks for the confirmation image. Yes this is a cicada killer. Cicada killers are very docile wasps. The males do not sting because they don't have stingers. The females while having stingers really are not aggressive. They only sting cicadas. The only way you could get stung by a cicada killer wasp is to grab one with your hand and squeeze.

I've actually stolen paralyzed cicadas from female cicada killers without a problem whatsoever.

If you are still insistent upon getting rid of it, I would suggest pouring an insecticide in powder form down the cicada killer's burrow. When the female passes through the hole, she will get the insecticide on her then when she cleans herself, she will ingest the insecticide then she will die.

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Posted By: Mary Faryna | On: 2012-08-05 | Website:

Can you tell me how big these wasps get? The largest one we seen is about 2 - 3 inches. We have several at our lilac bush and pear tree. They seem to be eating out of the cracks in the branches. We live north of you in Northampton PA

Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2012-08-05 | Website:

Hi there.

Cicada killers emerge from pupal state fully grown. They will not get much bigger. Though 2 - 3 inches does seem a bit on the large size. It could be a very large female. You are correct, cicada killers will drink the sugary sap from fruit and flowering plants.

Posted By: David Chamberlain | On: 2012-09-04 | Website:

I have many of the cicada wasps around my porch over the past week. They spend a lot of time in several clumps of lilac bushes in our yard. They are attacted to the porch light at night. Last night I had between 10 and 15 at the same time. If I could count them, without them moving, I would say I have scores of them in the lilacs at the same time. I remember seeing one several years ago but cannot positively identify the date.



How do I know if I have a brood or just a lot of wasps?

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