Cicada Killer Wasps Invade East Texas - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Cicada Killer Wasps Invade East Texas

Posted: Updated:

TYLER (KYTX) - They're huge, mean-looking insects that are actually doing a lot to help us out this summer. Cicada Killer Wasps have invaded East Texas. 

They're a natural control for cicadas. If we didn't have these wasps, experts say we'd be waist-deep in cicadas this summer.

"It's pretty bad in the afternoons, but in the mornings as well, whenever we're trying to leave." says Tyler Allmon.

He says the swarm of wasps outside his front door is enough to keep his family inside.

"I have a six-year-old daughter and she just will not leave. It's almost like we're hostage in our own homes."

The Cicada Killer Wasps and are making nests in the ground all over East Texas.

"They're really intimidating because they're huge." he says.

They may be larger and look scarier than the average wasp, but Tommy Treadwell with Town & Country Pest Control says we're not the prey they're after.

"They actually will sting the cicada and lay their egg inside the cicada, then bury him in the ground." he says. "And, that's where you see the little tunnel. And, next year, the new wasp will eat the cicada, then emerge."

Treadwell says when they're not after cicadas, the wasps are trying to ward off predators. If you see one flying toward you, it's actually not trying to sting you. Experts say it's more of an intimidation factor and what they're really trying to do is just protect the nests they've made.

"The only way you'll ever get stung by one is grabbing ahold of him." says Treadwell.

Allmon says he definitely won't be attempting that.

"Leave them alone. They'll be gone." says Treadwell. 

Treadwell says it's normal for the wasps to start coming out in July. They'll only be around for another three or four weeks.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Seniors comforting VZ Co. children one blanket at a time

    Seniors comforting VZ Co. children one blanket at a time

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:52:57 GMT
    CANTON (KYTX) - Seniors in Canton are making a difference in the Van Zandt County community by putting their fingers to work. Ladies at Country Place Senior Living get together every week to make blankets for abused children. More >>
    CANTON (KYTX) - Seniors in Canton are making a difference in the Van Zandt County community by putting their fingers to work. Ladies at Country Place Senior Living get together every week to make blankets for abused children. More >>
  • Peterson's attorney responds to new allegations he injured another son

    Peterson's attorney responds to new allegations he injured another son

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:18:09 GMT
    HOUSTON (KHOU) -- New accusations against Adrian Peterson come from another mother who has another four-year-old son of Peterson, and also involve Peterson striking his boy as a form of discipline.Peterson's attorney Rusty Hardin responded with the following statement:The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. This is not a new allegation, it's one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came...More >>
    HOUSTON (KHOU) -- New accusations against Adrian Peterson come from another mother who has another four-year-old son of Peterson, and also involve Peterson striking his boy as a form of discipline.Peterson's attorney Rusty Hardin responded with the following statement:The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. This is not a new allegation, it's one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came...More >>
  • Tuesday Morning Weather: Scattered showers, high 87

    Tuesday Morning Weather: Scattered showers, high 87

    East Texas (KYTX)- Good Tuesday Morning! Scattered showers and morning drizzle are possible today as a disturbance works across the state.  More >>
    East Texas (KYTX)- Good Tuesday Morning! Scattered showers and morning drizzle are possible today as a disturbance works across the state.  More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.