Have you heard of a type of wasp known as a cicada killer? These insects burrow into the ground where they make nests in lawns, creating unsightly holes. Their burrows can be quite deep, posing structural threats when close to concrete pathways. Beware of them in lawns where people may get hurt when stepping on unstable surfaces. Damage to lawns is what encourages most to seek professional help. If you need pest control in Glen Burnie, discover the pros at Raven Termite and Pest Control. Read on to learn more about cicada killers.

Cicada Killers and How to Manage Them

Cicada killers are regarded as solitary wasps because they build their nests underground in preparation for the next generation. Typical nests are constructed up to a foot deep and are noticeable on lawns because of their distinctive u-shaped pattern at the entrance. Cicada killers tend to build their nests close together, creating unstable ground in the area due to deep excavations. They favor building nests in sunny areas where the soil is well drained. Other preferred nesting spots occur on slopes with little vegetation, close to playground equipment, at the edges of concrete pathways and slabs, or near sand traps on golf courses.

Despite their name, cicada killers are neither aggressive nor dangerous to people or pets. Cicada killers grow to about 2 inches in length and are recognizable by the black and yellow stripes on their abdomens. They may look like their aggressive yellowjacket counterparts, but the males cannot sting; and the female uses her stinging ability to disable cicadas to feed her offspring.

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Rodents, termites, ants, roaches and bed bugs are among some of the most prolific insect problems that create an unpleasant living environment for humans. Additionally, wildlife pests such as raccoons, bats, squirrels, groundhogs, and birds can be equally problematic, requiring expert removal to reclaim your living space. No matter the pest, contact Raven Termite and Pest Control today. We provide free estimates and can give you more information on how to manage your household or wildlife pest problem.