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The Trees and Shrubs in Your Yard that Cicadas Love to Eat – NBC Chicago

The full 17-year cicada emergence in Illinois has begun, with Brood XIII starting to appear in the Chicago area. Billions of cicadas that have been living underground for the past 17 years are expected to fully emerge in mid-May and June, covering the entire Chicago area. While cicadas are not picky about host plants, they may have preferences and can lay eggs in specific trees and shrubs. Young and vulnerable plants are most at risk, and using tulle as a protective barrier is recommended. Pesticides are ineffective against cicadas, and experts advise against using them as cicadas are beneficial to the environment and are not harmful to humans or property. Removing cicadas by hand can be an option, but with billions expected to emerge, it might not be worth the trouble.


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