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A Fabric Run at The Fabric Store

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If you see pastel fabric covering a neighbor’s shrubbery … don’t think you’ve missed some obscure late-Spring holiday. They’re protecting young trees from periodical cicadas, who like to lay eggs in branches. Chicago Public Radio’s Shawn Allee reports that scientific advice is creating a buzz at fabric stores.

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Vogue Fabrics in Evanston has a cicada fabric display front and center.

Manager Charlotte Sussman says they’ve sold out of white and green craft netting.

So, people are lining up with bolts of fuschia, peach, and red.

Sussman: and they started talking to each other and they split their bolts. They were sharing bolts, they were sharing stories of what they’ve seen and how do you cover your tree. You know, what’s the best way, what they’ve already done. It’s actually bringing the community together, which is always great.

Sussman says she’s sold 50 bolts of the cicada-thwarting fabric in the past week.

Large fabric-store chains confirm they’re seeing the same thing, even with pricey bridal veil material.

I’m Shawn Allee.

Chicago Public Radio.

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