The Plague of 2013

If you haven’t heard by now, the Northeast is about to get hammered by Cicadas.  We are talking plague like conditions!  These large (typically 2”) dark backed insects have been underground for the past 17 years sucking on tree roots just waiting to have some fun in the sun.  Once they dig their way out of the dark, they will spend about four to six weeks partying it up.  Millions of these insects will be playing their mating music at 100 decibels and knocking each other up in preparation for the next generation.  I’m glad they get to have their fun… I just wish they would do it a little quieter!

This overpopulation of insects is nothing to worry about.  They cause minimal damage to property (a few holes in your lawns and gardens, and some droppings underneath trees).  In fact, it is actually worth getting excited about!  Jim Fredericks (National Pest Management Association’s director of technical services) stated “Bird species, raccoons, possums, foxes and whatever can get their mouths on these things, can eat their fill…”  

Pictures courtesy of The Gardener’s Network.

GET READY! The unmistakable holes, from nymphs digging their way out of the ground, have already been sighted in parts of Virginia, Kentucky, New Jersey and New York.  It won’t be long now so don’t miss out.  Especially you Josh… You will be like a hundred years old the next time this happens!  
Make sure you are ready, stay informed, and if you have had any sightings, hot patterns or any other helpful info feel free to drop a line in the comments!  
-Tight Lines-

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