Emergence of a small brood of 13-year cicadas is anticipated along the Ohio River in areas of southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky this spring. Cicada activity is expected to be very localized with minimal damage potential. Sightings can be reported to researchers at the College of Mount St. Joseph, who are tracking them (http://faculty.msj.edu/kritskg/cicada/Site/Cicada_home.html)
Brood XXIII, due in 2015, will be the next significant periodical cicada activity in Kentucky. Emergence should be west of I-65, primarily in the Purchase and Green River areas. Consider delaying new orchard or landscape plantings until after periodical cicada activity has ended for the 2015 season.
By Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist