do you sell a product that eliminates cicada killers in the lawn ?
they come back every year and seem to multiply.
If you read through our CICADA KILLER CONTROL article, you’ll learn this pest is dormant most of the year. But as soon as the local cicada’s hatch out and get active each summer, the cicada killer wasps will soon follow. As we explain in our article, the key to controlling this pest is to treat their nests with the CYPERMETHRIN we have listed in the article. You’ll need to drench the nest good to kill off all the adults so make sure you know where all the nests are located. This will require a lot of material; maybe 1/2 a gallon per hole. Allow for the treatment to work by waiting 3-4 days to see if they are still around. If you’re not sure where all the nests are located, you may broadcast the treatment over the top of the soil. When broadcasting, use 1 gallon for every 10×10 area. This treatment should be done now, while you’re seeing them, and you should do it in the evening thus insuring most all will back at their nests when you treat.
After the initial treatment, hatched and active adults will die. But expect more to hatch as pupae mature and for bad infestations, it’s quite common to retreat 2-3 times a week until all have hatched out. The goal here is to kill all the active adults so you won’ t have any around laying eggs. However, it’s highly likely they’ve already laid eggs so even if you kill all the hatching adults this summer, more will be around next year. About 1-2 months following your initial treatments you should go ahead and broadcast some more Cypermethrin over the area to intercept any hatching larvae. Do this followup treatment over the same area they were once active. The goal here is to have the Cypermethrin funnel down into the soil thus affecting and killing any larvae which may be active after you killed the original adult population.
Lastly, plan on treating again next spring. At least one treatment next May or June will help make sure there are no more developing larvae. If you do a thorough job, the problem will be gone for good. If you missed any developing young, you might see a nest or two next summer. Treat it the same way and ultimately you should be able to get control of the problem. Most people only kill the adults with some type of WASP FREEZE and by not treating the ground where they nest with the Cypermethrin the cycle will go on and on indefinitely. Follow these directions and you’ll be able to rid yourself of this pest for good.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Cicada Killer Control Article: http://www.bugspray.com/articles99/cicadakillers.html