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Don't kill the Cicadas

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by vinny11950, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. vinny11950

    vinny11950 Minister of Fire

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    Went to Home Depot and Lowes only to find Ortho and other companies advertising their pesticides to kill the Brood II Cicadas that are now emerging. This is silly to do because Cicadas are harmless. They fly around for a few weeks looking to have some fun, some sex and then they die.

    More importantly, look closely at those pesticides and you will see they pretty much kill all other insects in your garden, including bees, which already are experiencing the collapse of their colonies.

    In addition, using these pesticides offsets the natural balance in your garden by killing off the good bugs (wasps, for example) and invites the ones that are resistant to the pesticide (tree beetles, another example) that cause damage to your garden.

    Plus, who knows how it might affect garden birds.

    Below is a cool link to a tracking map of Cicada sightings.

    http://www.magicicada.org/databases/magicicada/map.html

    And below is a good Cicada website.

    http://www.cicadamania.com/

    That's it for my rant. Thank you for reading it.
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  2. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    My dog eats them like pop corn.
  3. will711

    will711 Minister of Fire

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    Mine too.
  4. vinny11950

    vinny11950 Minister of Fire

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    Cicadas use a pretty neat evolutionary trait called Predator Satiation - they overwhelm predators with more than they can eat.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predator_satiation

    In this case, your dogs are the predators having themselves snacks. Another reason not to hit them with the pesticides as your pets might then eat them.
  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Spoken truly like person whose yard doesn't look like a Cicada battlefield right now. ;lol
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    I wouldn't spray waste of time & $ besides my dog got a flock of Grackles having a feast right now:cool:
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Spraying them would be just plain stupid, a waste of money, and unnecessary pesticide pollution. They're not doing any damage, and they'll all be dead soon enough. They can be kind of a mess, but that's gonna happen regardless of whether you kill them prematurely or just let them live out their short above-ground life cycle. Rick
  8. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    It would take a C-130 tanker.

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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    OMG Agent Blue! !!!

    Cicadas will never procreate again. Neither will you or your offspring. ;lol
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    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Well said Vinny. I don't kill anything unless its threatening me or my family. They've been popping out of the ground
    every 13 or 17 years for many many years. Live and Let Live.
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    Agreed... but what's "good" about wasps? I'll leave cicadas alone, but ALL wasps and hornets are killed on sight!
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I want to kill that yellow jacket that nailed me this afternoon. Right between the knuckle and nail on my left ring finger. Man that hurt/hurts! Came in and put baking soda on it and went back out and it was waiting wanting to fight. Did battle with a broom for a while and finally thought it was gone. Got in the truck to move it and it started attacking the windshield right in front of me. !!!
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    vinny11950 Minister of Fire

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    vinny11950 Minister of Fire

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    Sorry you got stung, Brother Bart. That little guy had it in for you.

    Funny how now I am getting Terminix and exterminator adds on my browser.
  15. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    find something that will kill only the stinkbugs, ticks, and EAB........and I'll buy it....
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    Add chiggers and you would really have something.
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