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Swarms of cicadas emerging in Midwest

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rob7233, May 20, 2007.

  1. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    Headline from Yahoo news......

    I'm in Florida now but originally from the Midwest- Chicago area. Don't seem to remember this as much of an issue growing up. Happens every 13 to 17 years depending on the species. After the last molt, they live about a week just to breed then die. I read the dead bodies can so thick that people are using SNOW SHOVELS to pick them up. Get ready to start bagging or pull out the mulching blades.

    Estimates are that they will begin to emerge any day now from this coming Tuesday to June 1st ! Does anyone make a bug shield/guard for a rider???!! LOL
  2. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    I was just reading that on the yahoo page, and made sure to check that they weren't landing in PA. I remember one year the cicadas were so bad here, it was awful. Didn't even want to go outside that summer.
  3. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    I was wondering though as a LCO, how did this effect your business? What issues did it create AND how did you deal with them?
  4. Mark in MD

    Mark in MD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    There's one other type that comes out every 11 years. And then there are a few obscure ones that come out annually, but they are very small in numbers so you don't really notice them.

    We had the 17 year variety here in '88 and again in '05. It's cool at first, but it gets old fast. When they die, there's just piles of them everywhere, and they stink.
  5. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    So, do the customers want you to pick them up or do you just mow over them?

    What's experience like trying to mow in a swarm of them? Anyone got a story?
  6. Mark13

    Mark13 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    I live just north or chicago by the Wisconsin state line. My dad said we are going to get bird shot for the shot gun and just go nuts shooting them. :laugh: I was thinking about starting mowing this year, but I might wait until next year so I don't have to deal with them.
  7. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    They are friendly creatures really. I dont even flick them off when they land on me. They will just sit on my shoulder the entire time I mow almost like a parrot. Mark is right they do stink like hell when they die off. Smells like a wet dog or something along those lines.
  8. Tim03

    Tim03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    Has anyone tried fishing with them? Any luck? What did you catch?
  9. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    Catfish love them! :cool2:
  10. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    What type of insect is it that eats the cicadas? They actually dig into the ground to find them.

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