Sue Massey, of Massey Nursery Sales & Consultation, LLC, e-mailed to inquire about Brood X Cicadas that will impact some parts of Kentucky.  They have caused severe damage in West Kentucky in the past, in particular on valuable newly planted trees like dogwoods.  I created a list of a few resources that may be helpful in being sure they will be in your area and what to do about them if they are.  Questions: plant or not? Plant in containers that can be grouped and screened? screen recently planted liners? or spray with Imidacloprid? Or no treatment and hope for the best?  No treatment will lead to pruning out damage made by cicada egg laying on pencil sized branches.

A Select Few Cicada Resources

 1. Periodical Cicadas in Kentucky

https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef446

 2. Comparison of Exclusion and Imidacloprid for Reduction of Oviposition Damage to Young Trees by Periodical Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae)

ROBERT G. AHERN, STEVEN D. FRANK, AND MICHAEL J. RAUPP

https://ecoipm.org/wp-content/uploads/ahernfrankraupp2005jeconent.pdf

 3. Cicada Mania. General information about “Cicadas, the most amazing insect in the world.”  https://www.cicadamania.com/

 4. Periodical Cicada: Guardians of Time

Posted on June 2, 2020

https://kentuckypestnews.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/periodical-cicada-guardians-of-time/#:~:text=Periodical%20cicadas%20are%20pests%20of,and%20home%20and%20commercial%20landscapes.&text=This%20%E2%80%9Cpruning%E2%80%9D%20is%20not%20a,developing%20structure%20of%20small%20trees.

5. Mapping Brood X Periodical Cicadas in Kentucky

Posted on April 13, 2021

https://kentuckypestnews.wordpress.com/2021/04/13/mapping-brood-x-periodical-cicadas-in-kentucky/?utm_source=KY+Pest+News+List&utm_campaign=859e556580-KPN_NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bee884adb8-859e556580-163945745&ct=t(RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN)

6. Managing cicadas in nurseries and landscapes

https://ecoipm.org/2013/06/07/managing-cicadas-in-nurseries-and-landscapes/#:~:text=Cicadas%20cause%20damage%20to%20trees%20when%20they%20lay%20eggs%20in%20branches.&text=Most%20landscape%20trees%20over%20a,pruned%20to%20remove%20scarred%20branches