Orchard Owner Preparing for Cicadas

By: Val Thompson Email
By: Val Thompson Email

May 3, 2013

Later this month, millions of cicadas will emerge in Central Virginia after spending 17 years underground.

They will be all over trees, bushes and houses.

Tim Henley, the owner of Henley Orchard in Crozet, is ready for them.

"The spray will kill them if it gets on them," said Henley. "I'm going to spray a little more often the next few weeks."

Henley was raised on this farm, growing apples and peaches. This is not his first encounter with cicadas.

"I've dealt with them all my life," said Henley. "I don't get too frustrated. If any birds are attracted, they'll probably eat the other bugs that are giving me trouble."

Shaun Morris, with Blue Ridge Termite and Pest, says the cicadas will not pose a large threat to trees and shrubs. The noise is the worst thing.

"Their mating calls are actually pretty loud," said Morris. "They're actually up to 100 decibels, (like) the sound of a motorcycle going by."

Morris says people can take some measures to keep the cicadas away completely.

"They could get something at the store for spraying just to protect it," said Morris. "If they had a special tree or something that was in their yard."

The cicadas are waiting for the ground temperature to hit 64 degrees to emerge.

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