Kaolin Clay Reduces Periodical Cicada Damage to Nursery Trees

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A brood of 17-year periodical cicadas are hatching in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The last time this group of cicadas hatched was in 2003. Trees in landscapes can withstand wounding from female egg laying, but young trees in nurseries can sometimes be damaged. A study conducted in 2017 tested insecticides and insect deterrent products to see if damage could be reduced. Of the seven products tested, kaolin clay (Surround) reduced damage to nursery stock by about half. Read more by clicking the link below.

Preventing Periodical Cicada Damage on Nursery Stock in the Foothills of NC 2017

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Amanda Taylor, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmanda TaylorArea Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region Serves 28 CountiesBased out of BurkeCall Amanda E-mail Amanda N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center
Updated on May 29, 2020
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