WCPO: How to protect your smaller trees from cicadas

UC horticulture professor shares planting tips as cicada season approaches

Millions of cicadas are expected to emerge from the ground in the coming weeks, but you might want to turn your eyes to your trees.

University of Cincinnati Associate Professor Sue Trusty teaches horticulture in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She told WCPO that smaller trees with thin branches are prone to “tree flagging” during cicada season.

“If it's a very small tree and a lot of cicadas are laying all over it, then that can really damage the tree because it's damaging a lot of that live tissue on the tree,” Trusty said.

She said the cicadas aren’t just hanging out on these trees.

“Flagging is actually when your normal branch and just locks down. This is where that lady cicada has laid her eggs and it just flops down and then the leaves turn all brown because they're not getting water and nutrients that they need,” she said.

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