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Everything You Need to Know About the Return of the Cicadas

Everything You Need to Know About the Return of the Cicadas

Brood X is the most significant and most widespread cicada generation ever known, and this generation will emerge in 2021 after 17 years spent underground. These pests will significantly affect around ten states within the United States, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. 

Are you concerned? Then read on. Here is a quick FAQ about the cicadas' return from the pest control experts at Viking Pest Control. 

What Is a Cicada?


A cicada is a bug that looks like an overgrown fly. Cicadas have compound eyes, as well as large clear-membraned wings. There are over 3,000 speciesbut there are two main categories: annual and periodical cicadas; explain the pest control experts at Viking Pest Control. 

Cicadas can grow up to 2.25 inches, and they'll spend most of their life underground and have a "rebirth" by re-emerging after some period. 

Annual cicadas emerge from the ground every year, while periodical cicadas emerge every 17 years in NJ, PA, MD, and DE. 

What Does a Cicada Sound Like? 

Cicadas are well-known for their sounds. You'll know you're near them when you hear a maraca-like buzz. This sound comes from the males, as the females are silent. 

Are There Pest Control Treatments for Cicadas? 

Currently, no pest control product is available to treat the abundance of Cicadas. However, you should know that cicadas are just a nuisance pest and will diminish about 4-6 weeks after they emerge. Cicadas can't reproduce indoors either, so you don't have to worry about an infestation in your home, explain the pest control experts at Viking. 

When Do Cicadas Come Out in NJ, PA, MD, and DE? 

For 2021, Brood X is the most significant and most widespread cicada generation ever known. Viking's pest management professionals expect to see them emerging at the beginning of May, with activity slowing in late June. If your trees have started growing leaves, then cicadas will likely follow. 

Some warm rain will usually trigger the emergence date, especially when the soil 8 inches below ground reaches a temperature of 64 degrees, explain our pest experts. 

When Will Cicadas Go Away? 

Viking's pest control experts explain, after cicadas emerge, expect them to live for 4 to 6 weeks. After that, they'll die off. As we've mentioned above, cicada activity should diminish by early July. 

How to Get Rid of Cicadas 

Cicadas will prey on your plants; Viking's pest management professionals recommend protecting your plants by spraying cicadas off with your garden hose. You can also drapnetting on them. 

Call Us for Your Pest Control Service Needs 

As we mentioned above, currently, there is no pest control treatment for cicadas, but we hope this article has helped answer some questions you might have about these pests and given you some suitable methods to keep your plants safe and sound. 

For all your other pest control service needs, know that you can count on us. If you're looking for local, affordable pest control in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, or Maryland area, then schedule a service with us now. We'll get you a fast and free estimate! 


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