The Cicadas Are Coming!

As we usher in 2024 we also will face a rare, synchronized cicada outbreak not seen since 1803! Two broods will emerge in late April—the 13-year brood and the 17-year brood. This once-in-a-lifetime event will see cicadas in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. This alignment of the two broods happens only once every 221 years.

Cicadas are known to emit a high-pitched buzz that can reach up to 100 decibels. Although they are harmless to humans, they will be noisy and they can destroy your trees and shrubs. Female cicadas cut slits in small branches of trees so they can lay their eggs. This causes the branch to die. A single female produces up to 600 eggs. Their life cycle typically lasts about six weeks, so protecting your trees from these broods will be essential.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests covering trees in mesh or netting with ¼” holes. Industrial Netting has just the material you need. It is a disposable netting that is wrapped completely around the tree or shrub and tied off with zip ties to keep insects from finding an entry path.

Find more details and watch a video here about how our netting can help protect your trees.

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