Newcomers to the area prepare yourself for the noisy messy invasion. Long time residents are happy for an excuse to wear masks for COVID because it keeps the swarms away from noses and mouths.
After 17 years of underground sucking moisture from tree roots, attracting grubs, and adding to the mole problem, cicadas will rise to the surface. Warm weather triggers the “reawakening” so probably mid-May and driving us crazy for about 6 weeks.
Cicada Noise Alert
Though experts expect 1,000,000 plus invaders in our area they are relatively harmless. Carcasses will be everywhere and young trees probably will need some extra protection. If you plan on going somewhere to escape the cicada apocalypse do some research. In addition to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, Brood X will also emerge in Delaware; Georgia; Illinois; Maryland; Michigan; North Carolina; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; Tennessee; Virginia; West Virginia; and Washington, D.C.
Cheer up – make good use of your face masks and shields- maybe pick up some earplugs.