Splashing around in the pool. Drinking lemonade on the porch. Tree leaves swaying in the summer breeze. These are the sounds of summer we can't get enough of.
The one sound you’d love not to hear in the summer? Without question, the cadenced noise of cicadas, a usual summer tree insect.
If you see or hear cicadas in your yard, are they just irritating or can they do damage?
Do Cicadas Damage Trees?
Cicadas can harm trees, but not in the way you possibly imagine. The adults might eat the leaves, but not enough to bring any lasting or severe harm. The larvae fall to the dirt and go down to the roots where they live until it’s ready to pupate. While feeding on the roots deprive the tree of the nourishment that would help it grow, arborists have never recorded any damage to the tree from this sort of feeding.
Tree damage from cicadas happens during the egg-laying procedure. The female lays her eggs beneath the bark of a branch or twig. The branch breaks and dies. The branch leaves turn brown. This situation is referred to as flagging. You can spot flagging branches quickly due to the contrast of brown leaves against the vigorous green leaves on other branches.
Female cicadas are finicky about the size of the twig or branch where they lay their eggs. They like those that are about the size of a pencil. This signifies that older trees won’t get severely damage since their main branches are more prominent. On the other hand, younger trees may be so badly damaged that they die from their accidents.
Reducing Cicadas Damage to Trees
Most folks don't want to wage chemical warfare in their yard to stop tree damage from cicada pest. Here are some prevention methods that don’t include the use of insecticides.
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