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Landscaping Tip: Cicada Pest Control

by on April 11, 2013

Cicadas are one of those completely benign insects that really get people stirred up. Known for their loud chirping locust-like noises, they arrive in swarms around the end of June or beginning of July, leaving their crusty shells among the ground.

Almost everyone knows the story about cicadas: they have a lifespan of up to 17 years and emerge from underground to mate and then die. The nymphs that hatch from cicada eggs fall from the trees where they have been laid and burrow into the soil. Under the ground, they live on the sap from tree roots until they are ready to emerge 13 to 17 years later.

It is the fact that they live underground that makes cicada pest control almost impossible. Unlike other insects that migrate, cicadas are already present in your yard. When they do emerge, they are known to cause scarring the bark of trees and shrubs when the females they lay their eggs.

Cicadas pose no real threat no people, but the real nuisance and danger that cicadas introduce is wasps. Wasps are cicada killers and when the food source is plentiful, you can find yourself in danger of being stung. When cicada season arrives, remember that these insects are only here for a few months and aren’t going to hurt you. Though they may seem menacing, they’re quite docile. However, if you notice an influx of wasps, contact your local Toms River landscaping company.

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