After lying dormant for 17 years, a massive cicada brood will emerge from the ground and do very little.

Cicadas mostly lose half their body, mate, lay eggs, and pee on unsuspecting humans from trees. In a nutshell, that's what the summer of 2024 will be like.

Oh yeah, they also make plenty of noise. Cicadas also carry a fungus, which luckily won't harm us.

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Then there's the baby trees. Those gross bugs can damage newly planted saplings, like the one pictured below.

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Lenny Pic

Oh, yes, that's my tree, barely past the sapling stage, which I had five of planted late last fall.

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I was unaware that cicadas could threaten these tiny little guys then.

Reviewed on USA Today says, "Newly planted trees and woody plants with stems up to one-half-inch in diameter are vulnerable to damage from cicadas, which suck out sap and cut slits in tree branches to lay clutches of eggs."

That sounds gross, and I hope it doesn't happen to my trees.

Luckily, there is at least one thing new tree owners can do to survive the "cicadapocalypse."


The article suggests wrapping trees with "one-centimeter or smaller netting to keep cicadas off."

You can do a couple of other things in case your tree suffers a cicada attack.

By the time 2024 wraps up, we may very well refer to the cicada as Illinois' official state insect, but did you know it's something else? See below.

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