Cicadas are making a buzz in national news as billions of these flying bugs will start emerging from underground burrows along the east coast of the United States sometime this spring. The insects are largely harmless to both plants and humans, but their 90-decibel mating calls can be difficult to handle. The long-awaited event is expected to be the “most closely watched bug-out in history” according to NBC News.
The group of cicadas set to emerge has a 17-year life cycle, and last emerged in 1996. Entomologists expect the cicadas will spread out in the United States’ most densely populated areas, which is unusual for the species. The emergence is expected to begin in the Carolinas in April or early May, and extend northward to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York. The timing of the emergence will occur when temperatures reach 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cidadas dig “escape chimneys” to the surface and when the temperatures reach 64 degrees Fahrenheit, they emerge out of the ground and shed their shells. Over the next four to six weeks, the flying insects then look for mates and their lay eggs and die.
While New Mexicans will not experience the emergence firsthand, we can follow the Cicada Mania via website and social media. Among the notable, RadioLab is preparing to report on “Swarmaggedon” and Magicicada, a website supported by National Geographic, will track Cicada sightings.
New Mexicans should expect other insects in the spring as the temperatures rise, such as ants, spiders, and bees. Beginning pest control treatments while the temperatures are cool is an excellent way to prevent full-blown infestations. Pest Defense Solutions provides free estimates, and our environmentally-safe and effective pest control services are reasonably priced.
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