Cicadas: They're back!

The following is a message from Ian Farthing, B.B. Barns Outdoor Living Expert

"For those who haven't heard me talking about them, it's cicada time!  The Brood VI 17 year periodical cicadas are expected in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia any time now. People are already calling in seeing the first to hatch. Cicadas emerge when soil temperatures reach 64 degrees.  This brood last emerged in these states in 2000.  Anyone that doesn't know what to look for, below are three pictures, one of the cicada after molting its shell, one of the telltale shell itself, and one of the holes left from their hatching out of the yard. 

     Protecting your trees and bushes may be necessary, as well as younger specimen trees. The branches of apple trees, arborvitae, ash, beech, berry vines, crab apple, cherry, dogwood, fruit trees, grape vines, hickory, holly, maple, lilacs, magnolia, peach, pear, rose bushes, spirea, and willows are vulnerable.  Most flowers, herbs and vegetables don't need protection from Cicadas.

     While very few chemicals, organic and otherwise, specifically name cicadas, several are known to work the best.  Pyrethrin and Permethrin based products work the best.  These either as a topical spray or a granule to help control the grubs in the soil. Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew also works well as a killer and deterrent.  Another way to protect younger trees is to wrap the main trunk and larger branches with a gauze type wrap, which still allows the tree to breath and move without damaging the trunk.

     If you have any other questions, please feel free to hunt me down!"