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This page will answer the questions: What are Digger Bees –  Do Digger Bees Sting? – What are the signs of me having Digger Bees? – How did I get Digger Bees? – How can I Rid my house of Digger Bees?

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Digger Bee, Digging Wasp and Cicada Killer Extermination can be very difficult without the proper knowledge, equipment and products. Identification, soil type, depth of the nest and eggs are vital as is the proper time of day to treat, usually before the sun rises.
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Cobra Pest Control offers “Cicada Killer Elimination” for much less than any other
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Since Cobra Pest Control is a local one man operation and Rob Sullivan with over 28 years of “Bee Extermination Experience” who does all the work himself, “Wasp and Bee Control” is done right the first time at a much better price and “Digger Bee Guarantee”. Cobra Pest Control has no managers, technicians or secretaries to pay or other expenses that the bigger companies pay. This cost saving is passed on to the customer.


"I moved here from Upstate New York and my first spring I thought I had a gopher problem.

Its turns out they were what Rob Sullivan of Cobra Pest Control called Cicada Killers. I never noticed them flying around because I work 3rd shift as a nurse and drive home asleep. When I wake up that side of the house is shaded. Rob told me to go out when the sun was brightest on that side of the house. I could not believe the amount and size of these bees.

Without Rob spraying my yard (5am by the way) I probably would not have ever went back in my yard or I would have had nightmares the rest of my life.
Thank you Rob!

Jess M.Hopkinton
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Digger Bee Information
Biology and Behavior

What are Digger Bees, Digger Wasps and Cicada Killers?

Digger Bee is a common name for a group of fast flying, Ground Nesting Bees and Wasps all of different sizes, colors and shapes. Some Digger Bees visit a wide variety of flowers and are important in pollination. Cicada Killers hunt Cicadas, a large robust flying insect. Cicada killers use their stinger to paralyze their prey and bring back to the nest for their egg. Neither species is very aggressive but can be hard to control. All Digger BeesDigger Wasps and Cicada Killers are Solitary Bees, meaning that they don't produce Bee Colonies as do Social Insects. Instead, individual Female Bees do all the work of rearing.

Do Digger Bees Sting?

They all have Stingers and the Cicada Killer Sting is very painful but all Digger Bees are not very aggressive nor do they have the Hive Instinct to protect. Just about the only ways to get stung is if you handled one or accidentally stepped on one which is rare because of how fast flying they are. Pets may catch one and get stung but probably only once.

What are the signs of me having Digger Bees?

Signs will be very Fast Low Flying Bees usually the males in search of a chance to mate. This usually starts in the morning when the sun rises and starts to warm the soil. Other signs could be perfectly round hole in the lawn, planters and the edge of walkways. These holes look like a pencil was pushed into the soil and then pulled out. Cicada Killer Holes are much bigger, about the size of your index finger. There may be up to a pound or more of soil dug out. These Bees and Wasps will only be around for a few weeks. Unless they are treated, the following year will be worse since each Adult Digger Bee laid several eggs.

How Did I Get Cicada Killer Wasps?

Your yard is probably well drained with light textured soil with full and warm sunlight. Your home probably has a lot of other Insects that these Bees and Wasps hunt or are near trees harboring Cicadas. You may have had a minor problem without realizing it for a couple of years until progressively getting worse.

How can I rid my house of Cicada Killers?

Control of these Bees and Wasps need to be addressed when they are still in the nest, before the sun rises. Cicada Killers will dig quite deep so what ever Pesticide you used needs to be able to reach them and saturate them. With the wet sandy soil they prefer this could be a lot of Pesticide. To little and you will just anger them, to much and you may harm your grass. You need to know where your well is, where does the drainage flow to, is it close to fish and what other animal feed from your yard. These are just a few considerations.

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