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Cicadas are coming to Columbus, Ohio, this year. That’s right; it’s already been 17 years since the last time we had a Cicada outbreak in 1999. What affect will the Cicadas have on your landscape? Here is some useful information about the 17-year Cicadas that you should know.

The insect a cicada sits on green plant

Every 17 years the Brood-V, or 17-year, Cicadas arrive in swarms to various parts of the U.S. Billions of these flying insects emerge from underground by the billions to invade our outdoor space.

According to the Cicadas usually show up around mid-May; however, with the exceptionally mild winter we have had, they may come sooner.


When to expect Cicadas:
Once the ground warms up to about 64 degrees, the Cicadas will start to emerge.

Where to expect Cicadas:
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Long Island, NY.

Ohio counties to be affected by Cicadas:
Ashland, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Licking, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Meigs, Muskingum, Noble, Ottawa, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Portage, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Vinton, Washington, Wayne

Life Span of Cicadas:
About six weeks above ground.

Potential harm to humans and animals:
None. Cicadas do not bite or sting.

Noise disturbance of Cicadas:
The adult Cicadas have an exceptionally loud song which is used to attract a mate.

Cicada diet:
Cicadas do not eat plants. They may feed on sap, but their main purpose is to mate before dying.

Cicada Enemies:
Birds, squirrels, bats, wasps, and spiders eat Cicadas.

Potential harm to yards and landscaping:
Young trees and bushes may be damaged by the overwhelming amount of female Cicadas laying eggs. To create a safe place for their eggs to hatch, females cut small slits into the branches and twigs. These cuts scar the branches and can, in fact, kill the branches and harm the tree.

If you have landscape questions, contact Five Seasons Landscape Management for more information. We are Columbus, Ohio’s experts for landscape and hardscape design!