Three Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Impending Cicada Swarms of 2015
Batten down the hatches, folks. Two large cycles of cicadas (cycles IV and XXIII) will be spawning this year across the South and Midwest. If you live in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, or Texas it’s best to prepare early. Cicadas wake up when the ground temperature reaches above 64°, especially after it rains. If you thought the droning was annoying outside, it only gets worse if cicadas find a way into your home.
First, you will want to inspect all windows and screens on your property. Replace or repair all holes, or leave windows shut. If you use storm windows, check the screen insert to make sure it is in good repair and properly seated. Install door sweeps under all doors and between double doors that do not use a centered vertical support. Door closers and magnetic latches are other options for making sure doors close promptly and securely.
Check seals around doors, windows, and any apertures that reach from inside the home to the outdoors. Re-seal any fixtures that show any signs of wear or vulnerability. This is especially important for lesser-used buildings on your property such as detached garages and storage sheds. Attics, basements, and crawlspaces are also important to check regularly and seal; install wire mesh or hardware cloth to most effectively protect these areas.
Clean and de-clutter around the outside the home. Cicadas burrow out of the ground but they also roost everywhere once they have spawned. Cicadas can gain access to your home from many angles, including piles of natural debris like leaves which may have piled up against your siding. Cicadas also crawl up trees and can easily reach the roof of the home if you have any branches which overhang or touch your roofing.
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