BALTIMORE (WJZ) — They’re massive, they’re loud they usually’re coming.
The pure phenomenon is known as Brood X.
Cicadas final crawled from Maryland’s soil in 2004, and this summer time, they’re again to proceed the cycle of life.
Summer season’s soundtrack is generally abuzz with barbeques and seashores.
“Maryland is what is alleged to be the epicenter of the Brood X or the Brood 10 emergence. In some locations, they’ll be as many as 1.5 million per-acre,” Michael Raupp, Professor of Entomology, stated.
However this yr, it’s the crunchy name of cicadas.
“For 17 years, they’ve been dwelling underground, sucking on the sap of timber,” Raupp stated. “It’s been an abysmal existence.”
Now, they’re buzzing to interrupt free and have somewhat enjoyable.
“It’s going to be all about romance,” Raupp stated. “They’re gonna woo their mates up there.”
From the final two weeks of Might into the second week of June, you’ll hear the hum of mating.
“They’ve been recorded wherever from about 80 to 100 decibels. Hey, that’s the sound of a lawnmower engineer or a jet plane going overhead, so that they’re actually gonna noisy,” Raupp stated.
Noisy, however not harmful.
“They don’t actually pose any explicit menace to people or pets, they’re not going to chew your canines and cats, they’re not going to hold away young children,” Raupp stated.
“I’ll say, they do have what we name piercing mouthparts. They don’t chew, however in the event you’re holding a cicada and it’s somewhat bit thirsty, it would provide you with somewhat poke” he added.
Whether or not you bake a cicada pie or terrify your co-workers, the cicadas are coming, however they received’t be in every single place.
“We’re not going to have cicadas on the Jap Shore. we’re additionally not going to have cicadas in Southern Maryland down in St. Mary’s and a few of the southern counties there,” Raupp stated. “So if cicadas are actually freaking you out, and you must get out of city, hey, plan a visit to Ocean Metropolis.”
Raupp added in the event you’ve planted a tree within the final two years, by mid-April you need to get a mesh netting to guard your smaller branches from cicada egg-laying. He stated don’t use pesticides.