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Re: Cicadas
  • 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.


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
> 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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