With summer on the way, you can look forward to baseball, swimming at the lake, and backyard barbecues. The cool mornings and warm evenings make it inviting to linger outside with friends and family.

Of course, outside is also where you’ll start noticing some wasps, which probably isn’t your favorite part of summer. The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln identifies the cicada killer wasp as the biggest wasp in Nebraska.

Omaha Cicada Killer Wasps

These big fellas can be up to two inches long–not something you want landing on your shoulder. They’ll start showing up in the middle of the summer when their favorite snack, the cicada, is readily available. They also eat grasshoppers and crickets.

Fun facts: according to the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University, cicada killer wasps are solitary creatures, so they don’t live in colonies or depend on other wasps to help with basic housekeeping and child-rearing. The females do the hunting, and they’re the only ones who can sting.

In general, cicada killer wasps are not aggressive, but they will sting if they feel threatened.

Where to Find Them

You usually look up to spot a wasp’s nest, but when it comes to the cicada killer, you’ve got to look down. Cicada killers are digger wasps, so they build their nests in the ground. You’ll notice a little pile of dirt, and a lone cicada killer digging away.

Other Wasps You Might Not Want to See This Summer 

  • Yellow Jacket: Yellow jackets have a serious attitude problem, and they have ruined many nice picnics and barbecues. They are aggressive and easily provoked. Unlike bees, wasps don’t lose their stingers after stinging, so an angry yellow jacket can inflict that painful sting many times before you can get away.
  • European Hornet: One nest can house 200-400 of these hornets. Because they do tend to get aggressive and sting when their nest is threatened, the article recommends contacting pest control professionals to remove the nest.
  • Black and Yellow Mud Dauber: Luckily, this one is less aggressive than other types of wasps. Their nests are made of mud and can often be found on beams and under bridges.

What Happens if You Get Stung?

Wasp stings are painful. Though most people aren’t allergic to them, those who are can have severe reactions.

WebMD identifies three types of reactions to insect stings: the normal reaction, which includes some pain and swelling; a large local reaction, which can result in excessive swelling that “…often looks alarming, [but] it’s usually no more serious than a normal reaction”; and allergic reactions, some of which are mild and a few of which are quite serious. Anaphylactic reactions require immediate medical attention.

Unfortunately, you won’t know whether or not you’re allergic until you get stung.

What to Do if You Find Wasps at Your Home or Office

Contact Miller the Killer Omaha Even though cicada killers, well, kill cicadas, it just won’t do to have them shacking up by your front door, below your kitchen window, or under your porch. And you should make sure you don’t have any yellow jackets or other wasps making themselves at home in your home, either.

Miller Pest & Termite has been serving the Omaha and Council Bluffs area since 2001. We hold ourselves to the highest industry standards as a member of Quality Pro, and we stay up to date on the latest pest control technology. Our uniformed employees can provide a free consultation and inspection, after which we’ll design a customized plan to remove cicada killer wasps and other pests from your home or office.

Don’t let wasps terrorize you this summer. Let us take care of them for you, and you can go back to enjoying your time outdoors.