Exciting news is buzzing around the corner! Brace yourselves, as the Midwest is about to experience a phenomenon unlike any other - the arrival of double cicadas for the first time in 221 years!Here at Balanced Environments, Inc., we are always attuned to the rhythms of nature, and we couldn't be more thrilled to witness this rare event alongside you. As you may know, periodical cicadas emerge from the ground every 17 years, but what makes this year truly remarkable is the phenomenon of "double cicadas."
Get Ready: Double Cicadas Set to Swarm the Midwest!
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Balanced Enviroments

February 21, 2024

Exciting news is buzzing around the corner! Brace yourselves, as the Midwest is about to experience a phenomenon unlike any other – the arrival of double cicadas for the first time in 221 years!

It is important to address dormant pruning and deep root fertilization before the cicadas arrive to strengthen trees. The only way to kill cicadas is a contact spray and the timing will not be possible everywhere. Making your trees as healthy and strong as possible prior to the emergence is the best practice. Contact us today to get your trees ready for the cicada season.

Here at Balanced Environments, Inc., we are always attuned to the rhythms of nature, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to witness this rare event alongside you. As you may know, periodical cicadas emerge from the ground every 17 years, but what makes this year truly remarkable is the phenomenon of “double cicadas.”

What exactly are double cicadas, you ask? Well, it’s quite simple. These extraordinary insects belong to two different broods that have synchronized their emergence cycles, resulting in a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. This means that not only will we be treated to the cacophony of buzzing and singing that cicadas are known for, but we’ll also get to witness twice the number of these fascinating creatures in action! Both broods will be emerging simultaneously, creating an unforgettable sight and sound throughout the region. From mid-May to late June, immerse yourself in nature’s symphony as these cicadas take center stage. But hold on a moment, you might be wondering, what exactly are cicadas?

Cicadas are not locusts or grasshoppers as some people think, they are fascinating insects known for their distinct buzzing sound, often heard during the warmer months. They spend the majority of their lives underground as nymphs, feeding on tree roots. However, after a prolonged period—typically 13 or 17 years, depending on the species—they emerge en masse to undergo their final molt into adult form.

These remarkable creatures are a vital part of the ecosystem, playing a role in nutrient cycling and serving as a food source for various animals. Additionally, their emergence can have profound impacts on the environment, influencing plant growth and even contributing to soil aeration.

As your trusted landscaping experts, we understand that this event may raise questions or concerns about how it could impact your outdoor spaces. Rest assured, we are here to help. Whether you’re looking for tips on protecting your plants from cicada damage or you simply want to know more about these incredible insects, our team is ready to assist you every step of the way.

In the meantime, we encourage you to embrace this unique opportunity to connect with nature and marvel at the wonders of the natural world. After all, moments like these remind us of the beauty and resilience of the ecosystems that surround us.

As your trusted landscape company, we’re here to help you navigate through this cicada season. Whether you’re looking to protect your plants or simply want to learn more about these intriguing insects, we’ve got you covered. We look forward to experiencing this extraordinary event with you!

We are signing contracts NOW for cicada clean up and disposal.
Call your BEI representative at 847-395-7120 today!

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