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Re: Cicadas

We have had them here but on a different cycle. Ours came in 2005. 

ETN Zone 7 
Remember the River Raisin, the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, 911. 

----- Original Message -----
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com 
To: gardenchat@hort.net 
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2013 4:51:09 PM 
Subject: [CHAT] Cicadas 

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 
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 
on the ground in the early spring - and it was supposed to spread - I 
if it could also have infected the cicada grubs. Any opinions? 


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