Despite their intimidating size, cicadas cause surprisingly little damage to landscapes. If they haven’t already, your maintenance team will probably soon begin complaining, however. Every 17 years, an oversized generation of cicadas helps keep the species strong by overwhelming their predators with massive numbers. This is one of those years.
Trillions of cicadas, dubbed Brood X, are emerging out of the ground, stretching from North Georgia to New York. In some areas they may number an astonishing 1.5 million per acre. Since the insects are more annoying than problematic, a few tips can help your team weather the swarm.