Cicadas Coming to East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Periodical cicadas that emerge every 17 years are due to show up again in Tennessee, and University of Tennessee Extension officials say they could threaten young fruit trees.

 

Extension entomologist Frank Hale says some insecticides can be used to prevent damage, but blocking cicadas is more effective. Hale recommends covering the canopy of young plants with quarter-inch or smaller mesh netting and tying it around the trunk under the lowest limbs. Extension specialist David Lockwood recommends using a frame to suspend the netting so it doesn’t damage small branches.

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