Social media and news shows are both covering the double brood of cicadas set to emerge this year. The last time this double-hatch phenomenon happened was 1803, and it won’t happen again until 2245.
If you’re worried about a cicada onslaught on our trees, rest easy. Central Texas is outside the affected zone. The rare 2024 double hatch will primarily impact Illinois and a handful of neighboring states.
2024 Cicada Information
- University of Connecticut Periodical Cicada Information
- KCEN TV (Temple, TX) – ” ‘It’s the cicada-mageddon’ | Will the rare double brood of cicadas hatch in Texas?”
Springtime = Tree Pest Control Time
Central Texas Tree Pests
While we won’t be swarmed with cicadas (any more than usual), our central Texas trees are not free from other pest threats.
- Tiny stipplers target the undersides of leaves on oaks, cypresses, and arborvitaes.
- Destructive chewers leave visible damage on cypress, oak, juniper, and others.
- Suckers (eg. scales and aphids) encourage sooty mold and twig dieback.
- Gall makers disfigure trees with odd growths.
- Borers – including the Emerald Ash Borer – drill into trees and undermine their health.
- Bark beetles can severely damage pine trees. They can also spread Dutch Elm Disease.
- Sap Beetles carry the dreaded Oak Wilt fungus, and spread it to neighboring trees.
Each of these pests presents a unique threat to the well-being of our trees, affecting everything from aesthetics to the overall health and safety of our landscapes.
We Can Help Protect Your Trees
A Good Morning Tree Service arborists can help you tackle central Texas bug threats head-on. We can help you address an existing infestation, or defend your trees with fertilization or other strengthening treatments. Our team is ready to help ensure your trees remain healthy and vibrant. Give us a call today to learn how we can help protect your trees from dangerous pests.
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