Austin is home to many wonderful things and a few things that are concerning. This is an area where you can encounter some very big and mostly peaceful wasps. In this blog, we point out three of the biggest wasps in the area.
- The Cicada Killer. These yellow and black wasps look like the queen of all hornets, but they are not hornets at all. They are thick-bodied and very goal oriented. They are very specialized hunters as are most solitary wasps. Their prey is the cicada. They can range in size to 1.5 inches. As solitary wasps, they are not aggressive like hornet or yellowjackets. You pretty much have to pick one up or step on one to get stung. They are very strong and will paralyze a cicada and then pick it up and fly it back to their nest.
- Tarantula Hawk – These are big wasps in the 2-inch range. They hunt and kill paralyze big tarantula, which they then drag back to their nest and lay a single egg on the helpless spider. Once the egg hatches, the larva chews its way into the spider and begins to feed on the beast from the inside out. Once the larvae is ready to pupate and become an adult, it kills the spider by eating its primary organs.
- Blue Metallic Mud Dauber – These are beautifully creepy looking wasps that are a bright blue metallic color. Don’t be fooled. Any insect that is brightly colored is giving you fair warning that they are trouble. These beautiful wasps hunt and subdue black widow spiders.
All of these wasps are somewhat common around the Greater Austin area. The first two can be pests if they dig up your lawn or landscaping. The third is only a pest because they build mud nests on the side of homes and in garages.
If you have a wasp pest issue, give us a call. We have the tools and the expertise to deal with wasps and help keep your home and yard pest free.
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