While one of our technicians was out on his route, he noticed a cicada killer dragging it’s prey. He got a great video of it, which you can see below!
After a long stretch of articles about dangerous bugs around Halloween, we finally get to look at one that’s not so scary! A name like “Cicada Killer” may seem like it belongs to a dangerous pest, but that’s only true if you’re a cicada.
Cicada Killers are actually a species of wasps. The most common one is the Sphecius speciosus, found in Canada, the US, Mexico, and parts of Central America. They are sometimes mistaken for large bees, with mostly black and pale yellow coloring, and often you will see them carrying a cicada.
In order to kill cicadas, the Cicada Killer will paralyze the cicada with a sting and carry it to it’s nest, which is almost always buried underground. Once the cicada has been dragged to it’s nest, the wasp will lay an egg under the legs of the cicada. The egg will then hatch, and the larvae will eat the cicada it was attached to while the cicada is still alive. Once the larvae is finished feeding, it then spins a cocoon and changes into an adult wasp.
Being a cicada around these guys is definitely not good for the cicada. But the good news for us is that, for the most part, Cicada Killers are not a threat to humans. They are focused on killing cicadas and other cicada killing wasps, so for the most part they ignore humans.
That being said, there’s no reason to go out of your way to disturb them. If you step on one, or squeeze one, or bother it’s nest, then it might sting you. Playing it safe is always the better option, especially if you’re allergic to stinging insects or would prefer to not be stung.
If the Cicada Killers in your yard are getting to be too much, or there’s a larger infestation than you would like to see, don’t hesitate to call us at 317-288-3315 and we’ll send a technician out to help treat your property!