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FAQ

Do the non-toxic traps really remove cicada killer wasp or ground digger wasps?

Yes! The non toxic trap will remove the female Cicada Killer from the ground when it emerges out of the burrow in the early morning.

 

What happens if I dont remove cicada killer wasps or ground digger wasps from my property?

Cicada or ground digger wasps will generally continue to infest the aera. The offspring will also burrow in the area where they emerged.

 

What are cicada killer wasps or ground digger wasps?

A large (1.5 inch) wasp that burrows in turf grass, flower beds and cracks in and along walks. This wasp will feed, mate and burrow for several weeks before preying on cicadas. They lay an egg in the cicada carcass and place the cicada in the burrow to hatch and emerge the following year. 

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Do cicada killer wasp or ground digger wasps sting?

Although cicada killers are large, female cicada killer wasps are not aggressive and rarely sting unless they are grasped roughly, stepped upon with bare feet, or caught in clothing, etc.  If handled roughly, females will sting, and males will jab with a sharp spine on the tip of their abdomen. Both sexes are well equipped to bite, as they have large jaws; however, they do not appear to grasp human skin and bite. They are generally non-aggressive towards humans and usually fly away when swatted at, instead of attacking.

 

How do I know I have Cicada Killer Wasp or ground digger wasps?

This ground-burrowing wasp may be found in well-drained, sandy or loose clay soils in bare or grass-covered banks, berms and hills as well as next to raised sidewalks, driveways and patio slabs. Excess soil pushed out of the burrow forms a mound with a trench through it at the burrow entrance. Cicada killers may nest in planters, window boxes, flower beds or under shrubs, ground cover, etc. Nests are often made in the full sun where vegetation is sparse.

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