Seasonal Cicada Insect
Cicada bugs are present in many areas of North America. In some areas, there
is a massive cicada emergence in the spring, where literally thousands and
millions of Cicada bugs emerge all at once, making an un-nerving, ear-shattering
noise, and doing great damage to trees, bushes and shrubs. These emergences
occur in the U.S., east of the Mississippi river. See:
Major Cicada Brood Emergences
Most of us in the USA and Canada, experience a seasonal variety of cicada
bugs, in mid summer to early fall. They arrive in small numbers, usually
from just a couple, to a few dozen, or so. Their high pitched, shrill mating
call, disturbs the peace and solitude of backyards and parks. They usually
can be heard during the afternoon and early evening hours. It only takes
a few active cicada, to made a whole lot of noise, and disturb the quiet
solitude of your backyard.
While their noise is quite a nuisance, there is little you can do to rid
your backyard of this insect pest. Insecticides do not work on these big
bugs. No traps exist, to capture them. This leaves you with little to do,
but to await their return to the ground around your trees and shrubs to feed
on the roots..
Other names: Cicadas are sometimes called Locusts. In actuality, a
locust, is a similar, yet distinct insect.
Seasonal Cicada Life Cycle:
It's the adult Cicada insect, that you see flying around, and singing in
the trees. Young cicada nymphs are unseen, living underground, and feeding
on the juices from roots of plants.
Seasonal Cicadas stay above ground for several weeks in mid summer to late
fall, irritating, every one who comes within hearing range. That shrill noise
you hear, is their mating call. The females lay her eggs in finger sized
twigs and branches of trees and shrubs. Seasonal Cicadas are too few in number
to cause significant damage in most circumstances. The eggs hatch, and the
nymphs fall to the ground. Nymphs burrow into the ground, and remain there
for most of their lives.
Seasonal Cicada Control:
Insecticides are ineffective on these large insects.
Because seasonal cicadas arrive in relatively small numbers, they usually
do little long term damage to trees and shrubs.
However, if you desire peace of mind, insect netting is the most effective
way to provide protection for susceptible young trees and shrubs. Because
Cicada are large insects, a 1/4" mesh netting is effective. Wrap pest netting
completely around the tree and tie or seal it off, to keep any insects from
finding an entryway.
Buy Pest Netting- It's the best cicada and
locust prevention. Find bags and sheet sizes to protect against Cicada, locust,
birds, deer bunnies, and other pests.
Cicada Pictures and Images - See what the
"buzz" is all about.
Major Cicada Brood Emergences
When a Cicada emergence hits an area, the best protection for your trees
and shrub is pest netting with a 1/4" mesh.
Cicada Brood Emergence by year
and affected states.
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