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Seasonal Cicada Insect

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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:

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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.

Related Topics:

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.

Cicadas - at Garden Hobbies



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