Lowe’s provides the tips, tricks and expert information you need to prevent damage 

WHAT:    After a 17-year rest, cicadas will start to buzz and swarm across regions of the East Coast this spring season. Lowe’s experts have the knowledge and resources you need to understand this unusual bug phenomenon and prevent damage.

WHEN:    ANYTIME – Now and throughout the season for cicada or spring-related stories

  • Cicadas emerge when ground temperatures eight inches below the surface reach 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In southern locations, you may see cicadas emerging as early as April and in more northern regions as late as June.

WHERE:  ANYWHERE – In studio or at your local Lowe’s store. To find the one nearest you, visit lowes.com/storelocator.

WHY:      Here are the 5 things you must know about cicadas and tips for preventing damage: 

  1. Periodical cicadas have dark bodies with red eyes and orange veins in their wings. They grow to be 1.5 to 2 inches long and make a loud buzzing noise.
  2. Although most individual cicadas only live a few weeks, infestations may last about 4-6 weeks because the bugs will emerge in phases.
  3. Cicadas will be found in parts of Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
  4. Periodical cicadas are not harmful to people as they do not bite or sting defensively. They are not toxic or poisonous and they are not known to transmit any diseases.
  5. However, female cicadas can harm young plants, small shrubs and small trees while laying eggs. Mature trees and shrubs are generally unharmed even by dense infestations where cicadas may number as high as 1.5 million per acre.

The best way to prevent damage is to cover young plants with a screening material, like cheese cloth or mosquito netting, to keep cicadas from laying eggs. If damage does occur, remove the damaged areas of the plants as soon as possible.

You can also spray periodical cicadas with insecticides, such as Ortho ® Bug B Gon ® Insect Killer for Lawns and Gardens. The ready-to-spray and concentrate Bug B Gon ® products will kill periodical cicadas by contact and are safe to use on roses, flowers, shrubs and small trees.

To arrange INTERVIEWS, proceeD directly to your nearest Lowe’s STORE. All STORE managers are PREPARED to field MEDIA inquiries.


With fiscal year 2012 sales of $50.5 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 100 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,750 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.



Jaclyn Pardini
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
(704) 758-4317

Tara Gudger
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
(704) 758-4152