* The cicada is not a locust; they are related to aphids and leafhoppers.
* Brood II cidadas live underground for 17 years, going through several stages of youth into adulthood.
* When the soil temperature reaches 64 degrees, it's party time! That's the signal for the cicadas to emerge from their underground homes where they shed their skin and start feeding on grass and shrub roots. And of course mating is the #1 priority. They sing, they fly, they mate and then they die, leaving behind an enormous amount of skeletons.
The word from the experts is that suburbanites may see anywhere from a few hundred thousand to 1.5 million cicadas per square acre! That's a lot of crunch people. How will that impact your yard or garden? Here are a few suggestions for how to survive the cicada invasion.
books to read and websites to follow to help young scientists glean knowledge while having fun. Capturing the cicadas is easy as they are slow and easy to grab, or you can use a butterfly net to capture one in flight. Arm your child with a flashlight and spot them coming out of the ground at night; you can even see them shedding their skin on small tree branches. With a magnifying glass your children can get up close to these crunchy critters for a thorough examination. Doesn't that sound like fun Mom and Dad?
Cleanup the Cicada Crunch! If you live in a rural area the aftermath of the cicada invasion may result in piles and piles of dead cicadas and shed skeletons. Collect the remains as soon as possible and add them to your compost pile or discard in the trash as they may become a little 'stinky'. Check your gutters for possible clean-up as well. Cicada females lay their eggs on small tree branches so if you have young trees with small branches an arborist can help you determine the best line of defense.
RESCUE® W-H-Y trap so you and your family can enjoy the spectacle without worrying about stinging wasps.
We'd love to see any photos you may capture of these amazingly creepy insects, so please feel free to share. And let us know how they really taste. Happy cicada days!
Garden Media Group