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Are Cicada Killers Dangerous?


You would think they would be dangerous, considering how large and ominous-looking these wasps are, but the truth is, cicada killers don't give humans much thought. The primary focus of these stinging pests is the capture and transportation of cicadas for the purpose of feeding their young. But that doesn't mean they aren't a threat.

What You Need To Know About Cicada Killers

Can cicada killer wasps sting?

Yes. They are able to sting humans, and their sting can be quite painful. These stings usually occur through accidental contact rather than deliberate volition on the part of these insects. If you sit down on a seat cushion, it is always a good idea to check around the edges to see if one of these wasps is present.

Do cicada killer wasps protect their nest?

No. They are not social insects. You can walk through a yard that has these wasps under the ground without fear of being attacked.

Do cicada killer wasps have venom?

Yes. For most people, the venom from these wasps is not medically significant. It will cause a painful red welt, but little more than that. There are some who are allergic to this venom, and the results can be quite dangerous for these individuals. This is the only case where cicadas are considered a danger.

The Problem With Cicada Killers

The real danger of having cicada killer wasps on your property will be the holes they create and the damage they can do to your lawn. These wasps can displace as much as 100 cubic inches of soil from their tunnels. These mounds are considered unsightly by many homeowners.

If cicada killers wasps are not treated, they can grow their populations quickly. All of their cicada-killing activities are for feeding the maturing larvae in their tunnels—as many as a dozen or more per tunnel. And as many as 40% of those developing larvae will turn into new cicada killer wasps in your yard. This will increase the probability of accidental contact. It is also important to point out that, if you are annoyed by the buzzing of one or two cicada killers, the presence of a few dozen in your yard is sure to drive you crazy.

Parkway Pest Services has treatment options to deal with cicada killer wasps and a whole host of other pests that can present a threat to the health and wellbeing of your home, your family, and your pets. Reach out to us to schedule a one-time service or ongoing pest control plan for your property. Managing pests isn't just a nicety. It is crucial protection that every family should have!