Every 13 to 17 years, cicada broods emerge from their long hibernation to flood the air in mating frenzies. Contrary to popular belief, cicadas are NOT locusts (or even related to them!). They do, however, “sing,” and their songs can be as loud as 100 decibels according to Mother Nature Network.
Added bonus – did you know that cicadas are good to eat, too? I’ll admit I’m a little creeped out about eating bugs, but high protein, low gluten… who knows? You may just start a craze! For cicada recipes check out National Geographic and Bon Appetit.
While all of that is well and good, what does the cicada re-emergence mean to you? According to Ortho.com, the main damage caused during the resurfacing of the cicada brood is to trees, since that is where females lay their eggs. After the adult cicadas go back to ground, or the larvae hatch, the additional damage can take between 13 and 17 years, depending on the particular cicada brood/cycle. The damage caused by maturing cicadas will be to young roots. How do you protect your trees? Ortho.com recommends that young trees be planted in the fall, and recently planted trees be covered to prevent nesting areas. There are also several bug preventatives and pesticides that can be used to prevent the on-going damage caused by a submerged brood.
Lastly, at the end of the nesting/mating cycle, there is clean up! Once the adult cicadas die, they leave behind their exoskeleton, which makes a crunch when stepped on.
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