Prepare to listen to a symphony of cicadas as they migrate to our area.
These loud bugs might find yourself doing extra than simply mating as they may disrupt the native agriculture financial system.
Billions of periodical Brood X cicadas are anticipated to maneuver towards the South over the subsequent six weeks.
Although they could solely linger within the Southwest Virginia area for a few weeks, they may trigger nice injury to small tree nurseries and orchards.
Virginia Tech Entomology Professor Douglas Pfeiffer mentioned the bugs injury younger bushes by laying their eggs on small limbs.
“Which will delay the bearing of a tree by a yr as a result of these broken little limbs should be pruned off and new limbs developed,” he mentioned.
That is why Pfeiffer mentioned he encourages individuals to not plant new apple bushes a yr or two earlier than an anticipated swarm of cicadas.
He mentioned not a lot may be achieved to forestall them so he encourages individuals to take out their garden chairs and luxuriate in their sound.