"The only recourse at this point is to try to cover them now, and hopefully they haven't gotten to all of the branches," Crutchfield said. Another choice, albeit not very effective either, is to spray the small tree with Seven once a week. Crutchfield said this will kill some, but not many, because they won't ingest much of the pesticide. They are laying eggs, after all, not eating the leaves.
Because neither of these options is good for us, Crutchfield said my only plan now is to prune out the damage once the infestation is over. He said we don't have to worry about herbaceous plants or shrubs, only the small, woody trees.
And in 17 years, I'll give you a tip. Buy stock in the company that makes protective covering for trees against cicada infestation. I'll be buying enough to cover all 8 acres. It's gonna take a lot.
The girls and the cicadas
My silly dogs are eating the cicadas. I think it's their valiant effort to try to save my trees. But I called our wonderful vet to ask if this is something I should worry about. She hadn't heard of any type of toxins in the insects, but she said too much of anything that's not a part of their regular diet isn't good for them.
Winchester, my son's German shorthaired pointer, loves to chase moths, butterflies and birds, and the cicadas are just slow enough for her to catch. We're keeping her inside more in the next few weeks until the tasty flying treats are gone.
Rain barrel workshop
The city of Hurricane and the state Department of Environmental Protection are sponsoring "Make Your Own Rain Barrel" at 6 p.m. July 8. The workshop will be held at the Hurricane Street Department, 3377 Teays Valley Road, near the Recycling Center along W.Va. 34.
Rain barrels collect and store rainwater from a home's rooftop, which can then be used for lawn and garden watering. Water collected in a rain barrel would normally flow through the home's downspout, onto a paved surface and eventually into a storm drain. Using rain barrels reduces water and sewage bills and reduces storm water runoff.
Registration is $25 per person, and the fee includes one 55-gallon, food-grade barrel, a parts kit and step-by-step, hands-on assembly instruction. Registration fee is nonrefundable. For information, call 562-5896.
Sara Busse is a Charleston resident and master gardener. She may be contacted at sjbu...@gmail.com.