Identification: Cicada killers are large 1-1 5/8" in length. They are generally black to dark brown in color with yellow markings on the abdomen.
Habits: Cicada killers are solitary wasps but several may use the same general area to nest. The female cicada killer digs a burrow up to 10" deep, finds a cicada and stings it. She will place the paralyzed cicada in the burrow and deposit an egg on top of it. Once the egg hatches the larva will feed on the cicada. While these wasps are intimidating due to their size, the female will not sting unless handled or stepped on with bare feet. The male wasp will "buzz" people but are incapable of stinging.
Control: The best method for control of the cicada killer wasp is to use the properly labeled dust or liquid and to place it into their holes. Monroe Pest Control Co., Inc. will thoroughly treat for a cicada wasps problem and we warranty our work.