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Old 07-30-2007, 09:48 PM   post #1 of 7
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Well, it's time for the annual invasion of my yard by the Cicada Killer Wasps. These not-so-little buggers are quite large wasps, that burrow into the ground and make a very large half-moon shaped wedge-pile of dirt all over the back 1/4 of my lawn. I've seen probably about 30 of them buzzing low over the lawn.

Thankfully, these things aren't aggressive. They seem more concerned with chasing each other off than dealing with humans. I've mowed straight through "nest alley" and haven't ever been stung. I've tried killing them all with all sorts of means, but it doesn't seem like it helps much. They just keep coming back, so I've sort of learned to live with their annual arrival around the end of July through about mid August. My only worry would be my 4 kids running around the yard and stepping on one -- tho they seem to know to keep back. These guys are large, you can't miss them.



Anyone else deal with these? They can be "interesting" to watch, especially if they are carrying around a large cicada! A good site for more info on these I found here.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:58 PM   post #2 of 7
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I have never heard of them..If they help on the cicada invasion..I will never kill one...WAWAWAWAWAWAWA..the cicatas drive me nuts...B.
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:01 PM   post #3 of 7
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The 17 year cycle cicada's here already came and gone here. Unfortunately, they come out before the wasps, so those buggers were driving me CRAZY

Now were into the normal annual cicada group. Not nearly annoying, but enough to actually feel glad to seem them pulled into their shallow grave. The wasps don't seem to make a large dent, but at least it's something.
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:38 PM   post #4 of 7
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I saw my first one a year or two ago,it was quite unnerving at first due to their size but after learning what they were and that they weren't a threat to humans we learned to let them go about their business.If you think the cicadas are normally noisy wait til you here one scream when picked up by one of those wasps!!!
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Old 07-31-2007, 12:24 AM   post #5 of 7
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Cicadas? I hear them 24/7/365yr... "tinnitus". The real ones are a refreshing change of pitch though.

Isn't it interesting that the cicada killer wasp is almost the same color of a 17 year cicada... sort of an animal world "na na, na, naaa naaa"!
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:44 AM   post #6 of 7
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Anyone else deal with these? They can be "interesting" to watch, especially if they are carrying around a large cicada! A good site for more info on these I found here.
I get them, our season for them is over. I called them Banana Bees at first before I knew what they were because they burrowed by the banana trees.
There is a thread on this forum on here about cicadas and they got mention in there, too.

You're right; they are BIG but not too aggressive, can mow right thru them but they dont like getting water on them. Malathion kills them but they eat bugs. You can tell when theyre gone - the cicadas are louder!!

A few yrs ago one of my little girls got stung by one and it wasn't good at all. I have been hit by them but not stung directly. Pretty amazing to see them flying off with a cicada bigger than them
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