As if the “Murder Hornet” wasn’t enough.
Millions of cicadas will emerge in parts of the US this summer, creating an “alien-like wail” that is sure to create an unpleasant noise after spending nearly two decades underground.
As many as 1.5 million cicadas from brood IX will emerge per acre in those areas after spending 17 years underground, according to experts.
That could create a loud summer for some.
“Communities and farms with large numbers of cicadas emerging at once may have a substantial noise issue,” Virginia Tech entomologist Eric Day said in a statement. “Hopefully, any annoyance at the disturbance is tempered by just how infrequent — and amazing — this event is.”
Researchers said cicadas typically appear annually or periodically depending on their species. As nymphs, cicadas spend their time living in soil and feeding on tree roots, but the transition to mature adults living outdoors based on the year and temperature of the soil. Scientists said the timing – 13- or 17-year cycle – remains one of the “great mysteries of the insect world.”
As for the pesky noise, it’s male cicadas’ mating call to attract females. Researchers noted that ornamental tree growers, and orchard and vineyard managers, should be mindful of cicadas as their egg-laying habits could harm plants.
The insects do not pose harm to humans.
“Cicadas can occur in overwhelming numbers and growers in predicted areas of activity should be watchful” said Doug Pfeiffer, a professor in the Department of Entomology.