Cicadas Return

Cicadas return

According to National Geographic – ” Cicadas are benign to humans under normal circumstances and do not bite or sting in a true sense, but may mistake a person’s arm or other part of their body for a tree or plant limb and attempt to feed. Males produce this species-specific noise with vibrating membranes on their abdomens. The sounds vary widely and some species are more musical than others. Though cicada noises may sound alike to humans, the insects use different calls to express alarm or attract mates.” I personally love to hear them sing in the evening while sitting in our back yard.

Cicadas are members of the order Homoptera and are physically distinguished by their stout bodies, broad heads, clear-membrane wings, and large compound eyes.

Most species of Cicadas are called annuals because, although individuals have multi-year life cycles, some adults appear every year. Our 17 year wait is over and here they come again. “In places where they’re going to be present, it’s going to be spectacular. Michael Raupp, a professor of Entomology at the University of Maryland, says, “There could be as many as one billion cicadas emerging per square mile,”

Cicadas can cause damage to several cultivated crops, shrubs, and trees, mainly in the form of scarring left on tree branches while the females lay their cicadas controledeggs deep in branches. Cicada control can be established using a dust called Delta Dust and a shot-gun duster applicators for large areas and or a hand duster dust applicator for smaller areas.

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I began my career in the Pest Control business in 1982 with Orkin. I started building Pest Control websites. Now since I retired two years ago. I share my years of knowledge in the pest control business and rate the new professional pest control products as I use them.

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