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Cicada killer wasps....can they kill my plants?

Posted by Cook4 none (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 23, 12 at 15:29

We have a horrible infestation of cicada killer wasps. (At least I think they are cicada killer wasps. I've researched online and they look like ckw.)

They are burrowing down in my flower beds all around our front yard, leaving their tailings and holes. Several of the bedding plants (petunias, cosmos, etc) near the burrows have died. Now, the wasps have started burrowing near my laurel bushes and one of those is looking bad.

Are the cicada killer wasps killing my plants? For the record, we just built our house and the sod and landscaping are all just 4 months old.

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RE: Cicada killer wasps....can they kill my plants?

On occassion, depending on how large that nest is, the tunnels might cause a, or some, plant roots to be exposed to too much air or be deprived of water which might cause the plant to die. As a rule the nests of Cicada Killers will not be harmful to plants.

RE: Cicada killer wasps....can they kill my plants?

Here's a good fact sheet that speaks a bit about the possibility of plant damage.

Here is a link that might be useful: click here for great information

RE: Cicada killer wasps....can they kill my plants?

Thanks for the information. It sounds like I might be able to"water" my way out the problem for this summer, maybe.

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