Cicada-X ™ Tree & Shrub Protective Netting against this year's Brood

Periodical cicadas can cause tree “flagging”, which occurs when the females deposit eggs in small grooves they make in branches. If enough females choose the same branch, the branch will turn brown and die.  For most adult, healthy trees, the cicadas actually can benefit your garden, because they choose the weakest branches of the trees to lay their eggs, acting as natural “pruners”. But for newly planted saplings, vulnerable trees, and prized trees & shrubs that are especially worth protecting, periodical cicadas could cause irreversible damage. 

  • One net measuring 14' x 14' - (196 square feet)
  • 3/8 " mesh size blocks cicadas and locusts
  • UV & weather-resistant plastic netting 

Different cicada broods come in different sizes, and annual cicadas are generally larger than the periodical broods. No matter which brood you are dealing with, follow the pinky finger "rule of thumb" to determine whether or not you have the best net size to block cicadas:

  • If your thumb can fit thru the mesh, your net is too big to stop cicadas.
  • If your pinky finger can easily fit thru the mesh, your net might not be small enough to keep cicadas out.  
  • If you cannot fit your pinky finger thru the mesh, you have the best net to stop cicadas. 

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