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North East cicada

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by MMlandscape, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. MMlandscape

    MMlandscape LawnSite Member
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    I heard that the 17 year old cicada brood is going rise from the ground this year in mid may. I wanted to know if any guys in the business 17 years ago had hands on experience dealing with this problem. How to protect small landscape trees? do you guarantee your plantings during this mess or replace last years plantings? I'm in NJ and it looks like were going to get hit pretty hard.
  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    The adult Cicadas don't feed, at least from what I've learned from science shows. They emerge from the ground, make a lot of noise to find a mate, breed, females lay eggs again, and they all die in just a few days.

    We have cicadas every year here, it's just the normal defining sound of summer. All they do here is make noise and leave their little exoskeletons everywhere, lol. The birds love 'em because they are totally defenseless.

    Edit: Just read the article. That's contrary to what I've seen before but maybe more accurate. I know they MUST eat something... Like I said we have batches of them every year, plenty, but definitely not "plague proportions" like the 17 year cicadas.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2013
  4. MMlandscape

    MMlandscape LawnSite Member
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    yeah i remember when i was in grade school they came out in swarms to the point you could not go outside. we have the normal cicada cycle every year as well. It will be interesting to see this 17 year swarm as a landscape contractor now.
  5. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    damn, has it been 17 years already? I remember the last episode vividly, they were EVERYWHERE! Especially in the older neighborhoods with mature trees and undisturbed ground. They would swarm the mowers, land and exrete, and just generally BUG the sh#@ out of you. There would be 6-7 on your hat, 1 on your face, and 3 on your shoulder. Ihad one guy who actually refused to cut a property, and I couldn't blame him! Even the local news ran stories on the event. Thankfully it doesn't last too long!
  6. RaulMcCai

    RaulMcCai LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    some folks fry them and eat them.
  7. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    just keep your mouth open while mowing and you won't have to go to lunch those few days. plenty of bugs to eat all day long.

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