What are these holes in my yard?

CicadaWaspIt may be Digger Bees or Cicada Killers. These two winged pests dig burrows in the ground. This can be very frustrating to a gardener or a greens keeper. Digger Bees are often mistaken for Honey Bees or Yellow Jackets because of their yellow coloration. Digger bees are solitary insects; they are often called ground bees or burrowing bees. They usually are not aggressive unless provoked.

Whole in my yardThe adult cicada killer is a very large, 1-1/8 to 1-5/8 inches long, wasp with a black body marked with yellow. The head and thorax are rusty red and the wings brownish.  They look like a large yellow Jacket. They are non-aggressive and rarely sting disturbed. The males aggressively defend nesting sites, but have no stinger. Adults feed on flower nectar and sap.  The captured Cicada is paralyzed by a sting and used for food to rear their young and then dragged to the burrow on the ground. Each female digs her own burrow six to ten inches deep and one-half inch wide.

Both Cicada Killers and Digger Bees are beneficial. Eradication of either of these Bees should only be a last resort. The immediate solution is to give the area where the digger bees or cicada killers are nesting a wide berth. Do not mow that part of the lawn. They are not typically aggressive, so if you don’t bother them they probably won’t bother you. Bees provide a valuable service in nature, namely pollinating plants. So, eliminating them totally from the landscape would be counterproductive.

These two insects can be disturbing to some people as they may be allergic to the stings. Children should stay clear of all bees and wasp, and if you have any concerns, hire a professional from a trusted company like BBEC | Bed Bug Exterminator Chicago, to handle the problem. To be on the safe side, make sure you don’t have any bugs at home. BBELA | Bed Bug Exterminator Los Angeles is ready to cope with such a task.

Scott
Pest Control Applicator

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One Response to What are these holes in my yard?

  1. Julie says:

    really helpful information. Thanks

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