Periodical cicadas emerge every 17 years which means this Spring Brood X will arrive soon. This brood consists of three species: Magicicada septendecula, Magicicada septendecium, and Magicicada cassini. Before they emerge, the nymphs create exit tunnels that are 1/2 an inch in diameter. When they’re ready to emerge, they leave during sunset, find a spot on nearby vegetation, and complete their change into adult cicadas. Amazingly, large portions of the population emerge in just one night! It’s a good idea to be aware of these cicadas that may appear in your backyard. Raven Termite and Pest Control, top exterminators in Gaithersburg, are here to help you understand this mysterious insect!

Are Cicadas Harmful?

Cicadas do not bite, sting, or attack humans. They’re also not poisonous to humans or animals and do not carry disease. Sometimes they land on people, but don’t do so on purpose. During their time above the ground their main goal is to reproduce. Cicadas may damage small trees and shrubs if many feed from the same plant. Additionally, they can break twigs by laying eggs in them which is known as flagging. For this reason, it’s best to avoid planting shrubs and trees during their emergence because flagging may occur. Mature shrubs and trees can survive the cicadas with no trouble at all.

Male cicadas produce high-pitched whines that can be compared to the sound of a small chainsaw. On the other hand, females do not make any sound. The males’ song comes from their abdomen and they do this to attract females in order for mating. The females will deposit up to 400 eggs in branches. They prefer branches with the approximate width of a pencil. If the weather is cool, she will lay eggs for a longer period of time. Within seven weeks, the eggs will hatch into nymphs and burrow into the soil for the next 17 years.

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