3/7/2016 – 6:48 pm
When the weather is warm and all you want to do is head outside, you’re met with an overwhelming noise. Chances are it’s that time of the decade where cicadas are making their return. Cicada’s are large insects that are sometimes called locusts, however, they are not really locusts. They are the best known and longest lived species of insect in North America, according to Ohio State University.
Cicada’s live mostly underground but emerge once every 13 to 17 years. This year, eastern Ohio is expected to see a large contingent of cicada’s emerging from the ground. Northwest and Central Ohio is expected to see a major cicada population emerge in 2021. They also molt, or shed their skin leaving the shredded skins behind on plants and trees.
Cicada’s can damage young plants that are beginning to grow, and this can be a major issue in tree nurseries. When a major emergence is expected, it’s recommended that new orchard plantings are postponed until the following spring, and home gardeners are encouraged to delay planting until late summer or even fall after the cicada’s have died. It is not recommended to control cicada’s using chemicals.
For more information on Cicada’s and the upcoming emergence this spring, visit the Ohio State University research on cicada’s.
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