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Mass Emergence of 17 – Year Cicadas Begins Soon

  The mass emergence of 17-year periodical cicadas has started in parts of Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Cicada nymphs have begun emerging from underground, crawling up trees and molting into their adult form with wings. With its expansive woodlands, any woodland area is a great place to see and hear an abundance of cicadas throughout the coming weeks. Scientists estimate that in a forested area there can be up to 1.5 million cicadas per acre. The presence of cicadas will last only about four to six weeks. An individual cicada dies after three to four weeks, but there are always stragglers. 

 

     Cicadas are harmless to humans and pets—they cannot sting, bite or pinch. Cicada mating calls will be very loud in areas where the insects are abundant. Cicadas do no serious harm to healthy, mature trees. Young, small or unhealthy trees, however, can be damaged when female cicadas cut slits on thin twigs to lay their eggs.

     Pesticides are not recommended against cicadas. Wrapping vulnerable trees and shrubs with fine-mesh netting, containing holes no wider than ¼ inch, such as tulle fabric, is the best protection from cicada damage. In advance of the cicada emergence.

       In neighborhoods, the density of cicadas will depend mainly on the quantity of mature trees. It will also depend on whether there has been development or construction since the last emergence in 2007. Cicadas spend most of their lives underground as nymphs, so construction that disturbs the soil destroys the cicada nymphs and their habitat. For more information about cicadas and trees, visit mortonarb.org.

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.