Picture this: You just finished up work, pour yourself a glass of iced tea, and take a seat on your patio.
Wait…do you hear that? It’s a low humming sound…
And it seems like the sound is growing louder…
That can only mean one thing.
Yes, these pesky bugs are unfortunately making their return to the Midwest after 17 years of silence!
It is predicted that for each acre of land, there will be nearly 1 million cicadas! Not to mention that their noise level can reach up to 130 decibels, which is equivalent to the sound of a lawn mower running!
Although this may not be a pleasant experience for most, you can’t deny that it is quite a sight to see!
That’s why we would like to offer some tips on how to ensure your lawn stays healthy throughout Brood X’s stay.
- Cover new trees and plants: As you can imagine, cicadas have to eat too! Try to prevent any harm to new plants in your lawn by covering them with mesh material. Older trees won’t have as much difficulty with cicadas since they are larger in size.
- Resist the urge to utilize insect repellent!: We know that it will be tempting to eliminate the source of the loud buzzing in your lawn, but we encourage you to not use pesticides on these little guys! Remember, there will be an estimated 1 million cicadas inhabiting each acre! Even if you temporarily mute them, more will take their spot.
- Be prepared when you mow your lawn: Cicadas have a distinctive sounding call, but they become confused when they hear a lawn mower. The rumbling sound of an engine actually sounds a lot like a female cicada looking to mate. So while you are mowing your lawn, cicadas will be coming from all angles flying towards your mower. Yes, it sounds terrifying, but remember, these guys can’t harm you! But if you want to avoid this situation all together, contact us to schedule your lawn maintenance, and enjoy being cicada-less from the comfort of your living room!
We hope that these tips help you for the next couple of months to come!
Brood X will come and go before we know it!