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Warm, wet weather breeds big wasp problems

Each summer, cicadas -- a large, loud insect commonly confused with locusts -- sing their song in the trees of the temperate North American climate.

And each summer, cicada killer wasps hunt them, jamming their prey into a ground nest where they lay an egg on the cicada -- next year's wasp.

"They're not aggressive," said Russell, who discourages people from trying to control them. The wasp is huge -- over an inch and a quarter -- and people are often overreact.

Russell said that paper wasps and hornets become more aggressive in August and September and suggested now as the best time to have nests removed.

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