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Re: Cicadas
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  • Subject: Re: Cicadas
  • From: James Singer <inlandjim1@q.com>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:13:51 -0700

Seems reasonable to assume it would, Auralie, especially if there are still no
Japanese beetles. If it were me, I'd ask my state entomologist.


Bqhatevwr!




On Jun 24, 2013, at 1:51 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

> We have been told so much about the advent of the 17-year cicadas  that
> it is a bit of a disappointment not to have them here.  At a State  Garden
> Club meeting in Albany last week I heard from people across the state
> that their occurrence is remarkable, but now I have had confirmation  from
> the local Master Gardeners that they are not in Westchester County,
> though there are plenty of them just across the Hudson in Rockland.
>
> They put the blame on site destruction by bulldozers for new  construction
> and pesticide use by lawn-care companies.  However, neither of  those
> conditions exist on our hillside.  There has been no new construction  up
> here in probably 50 years - we have been here for 43 - and we have  never
> used pesticides on our so-called lawn.  I don't know about the  neighbors,
> but no one has green lawns up here and few lawn-care companies  come
> up.  The guy who does our plowing also does mowing in the summer,  but
> nobody up here is big on pesticides.
>
> I'm wondering if our use of milky-spore disease to control Japanese
beetles
> many years ago is responsible.  We used it, with good success, at  least
> 30 years ago.  It has not been available for quite a long time, but we
> still
> don't have a problem with Japanese beetles. Since they come from a  grub
> in the soil, and that's where the milky-spore was effective - we just put
> it
> on the ground in the early spring - and it was supposed to spread - I
> wonder
> if it could also have infected the cicada grubs.  Any opinions?
>
> Auralie
>
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