Cicada killer wasps found on campus but pose little risk

September 6, 2013  

Cicada killer wasps can be found in a variety of places across campus, and the Grounds Department is treating the areas that are known homes to the insects. Cicada killers, which resemble large hornets or yellow jackets, are solitary insects and are unlikely to sting unless directly handled.

The Grounds Department monitors the presence of cicada killer wasps on campus and, as appropriate, treats the areas in which they are active. The treatments discourage the insects from returning to these locations without killing them. The Grounds Department also places informational signs in areas of high-volume pedestrian traffic where cicada killer wasp activity has been observed.

Even though cicada killer wasps are unlikely to sting, the campus community is advised to exercise caution and avoid these insects as they would other bees or wasps.

Questions may be directed to the Grounds Department at 49-43087.

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