Have you ever been awakened in the early morning or kept awake at night with a super loud and annoying “BUZZZZZ” sound happening right outside your window?
These pests noisy pests keeping you up are cicadas or Cicadoidea. They are known for their buzzing and clicking noises, which can be amplified by a mass of insects into an overpowering, “HUMMM.” This noise from a locust cloud can be heard up to a mile away!
Unusual among insects, some varieties of cicadas disappear almost entirely for many years, only to appear again in force at a regular interval. In fact, there are 3,000 cicada species, but only some of these share the so-called 17-year cicada cycle.
Other types of cicada are called annuals because they have multi-year life cycles, with some adults appearing every year!
An example of this would be the Dog Day Cicada, which emerges each year during mid-summer as seen below:
Male cicadas produce the species-specific noise that can be a bit obnoxious, with vibrating membranes on their abdomens. In addition, the sound the cicada produces varies widely; some are more musical compared to others.
FUN FACT: When young cicadas hatch their eggs, they dig themselves into the ground to suck the liquids of plant roots.
Some cicadas do not create destructive plagues, unlike what locusts do, though a number of cicadas – tens or hundreds of thousands of insects may crowd into a single acre.
When an overwhelming number of insects pack into a small area, it can substantially damage shrubs, young trees, and its branches by feeding and laying their eggs on it.
As for humans, cicadas don’t bite or sting, however, they pierce and suck (Eeew). Cicadas have pointy-feet and other sharp parts that can mistakenly be considered as a stinger when it lands on you. But the fact is, they do this because they aren’t the most intelligent insect and think you’re are a tree. When that happens, just remove it and continue doing your thing!
Another cause of harm for humans are cicada’s call or noisy sounds. Since they need to find a mate before they die, cicadas tend to make their “BUZZZZ” as loud as they can to attract the female cicadas. As a result, this can literally affect our hearing capability!
Check out this “little” guy hanging out in a plant from a couple weeks ago in Dayton:
Do not let these cicadas destroy your shrubs, trees, affect your hearing ability and disturb the peace! To have a free quote on the best solution to your insect problem, call a trusted pest professional as soon as possible.