One of the world’s most fascinating events is upon us. This May, the Brood X cicadas, which is one of the world’s largest swarms, will emerge after being underground for 17 whole years. Whether this event fascinates or terrifies you, we are right in the center of it here in Virginia! In fact, experts say Virginia and Maryland are particularly likely to be the hot spots for the cicada emergence out of 14 states total.
At Loyal Termite & Pest Control, our experts are here to share all you need to know about the reemergence of the Brood X cicadas in the coming months.
In the next two months, you’re bound to hear a lot about cicadas. But what exactly are these insects? Unlike your typical cicada, Brood X cicadas are slightly-frightening insects that are up to two inches long with a 3-inch wingspan and bright red, beady eyes. Brood X cicadas are different from your typical annual cicada, as they only emerge every 17 years as opposed to every year.
Cicadas are infamous for their loud presence. Male cicadas are the noisy ones, producing nearly 100 decibels of sound. This deafening noise can be heard across long distances and is used to attract female cicadas for mating.
When Are the Brood X Cicadas Coming?
Experts predict that the Brood X cicadas will emerge here in Virginia in late May. Here’s what to know about their life cycle during this time:
- When soil temperatures reach about 64 degrees Fahrenheit, the Brood X cicadas will emerge from the ground as nymphs.
- About 6 days later, the nymphs will morph into adult cicadas. This stage will last about 2-4 weeks.
- The adult male cicadas will use their tymbal to attract females. After mating, the females will lay her eggs in twigs on the ground.
- After mating, the adult cicadas will fall to the ground, providing nutrients for the animals and soil. This marks the beginning of the next 17-year period until Brood X cicadas emerge once more.
Are Brood X Cicadas Dangerous?
As frightening as this event may be—especially with the massive swarms—Brood X cicadas pose little threat to humans or structures. In fact, cicadas are a feast for all types of animals, even your dogs. Cicadas feed on sap from tree roots, which will only threaten young trees and saplings. Cicadas have no interest in coming indoors, but keep your windows and doors shut during their emergence to keep them outside. Lastly, Brood X cicadas may look terrifying, but they do not bite, sting, or carry diseases.
What to Do About Brood X Cicadas in Henrico VA
As much as you may not want to deal with these cicadas, there is nothing to do to prevent them. Spraying or applying a pesticide would do more harm than good. To stay protected from their emergence, consider covering any young trees and make sure to keep your windows and doors closed securely! To learn more about the Brood X cicadas, the experts at Loyal Termite & Pest Control are happy to help. Contact us today.
The Brood-X Cicadas Are About to Emerge After 17 Years Underground in Virginia
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