The Cicadas Have ArrivedJanay Rickwalder
Friday, May 17, 2013
After spending 17-years underground, the
Brood II cicadas have begun reappearing in certain areas along
the east coast. Members of the National Pest Management Association
(NPMA) have reported sightings in New Jersey and North
will not come out of the ground until the temperature eight inches
below the surface reaches 64 degrees. Once above the surface, they
will spend about a month to reproduce, before laying their eggs and
dying. Their offspring will not be seen above ground again until 13
or 17 years later.
cicadas can lay between 400 and 600 eggs, so enormous
populations of this pest are expected in the mid-Atlantic region
over the next few weeks. Luckily, cicadas are considered a nuisance
pest and do not pose any threats to humans or property.