After 17 Years, Brood-X Cicadas are About to Emerge

What Brood X cicadas look like in Virginia - Elrich Pest Control, formerly Connor's

One of the most unique natural phenomena experienced in the world, the return of hundreds of billions of cicadas to the skies, is soon to be upon us.

Feelings on the matter range between extremes for different kinds of people: some are disgusted and freaked out by the sudden explosion of these noisy creatures, others travel across the country to watch the event unfold. Wherever you stand on the matter, we can all agree that the life cycle of the cicada is quite fascinating.

What Are Cicadas?

Cicadas are insects that live underground almost their entire lives. A generation of cicadas emerges from the ground either every 17 years or every 13 years, depending on the brood. This upcoming species, Brood X, last emerged in 2004 and is gearing up to come back to the surface this May.

You’ll probably be able to tell them apart from other insects by their unmistakable noises, but here are a few other ways to identify cicadas:

  • You can expect to see cicadas with short black bodies and clear wings with orange markings.
  • Cicada nymphs are smaller and light brown in color with undeveloped wings and a wider body, scaled to their size.
  • They will come out in extravagant numbers, so you will be able to distinguish them from other insects by the density of a population of insects that hasn’t surfaced for close to two decades.
  • Of course, you’ll hear screeching sounds that reach up to 100 decibels in volume, similar to a motorcycle or a jackhammer.

What Do Cicadas Do?

Male cicadas are the noisy ones, emitting a piercing high-pitched vibration by rapidly flexing their tymbals, which are specialized noise-making devices. The sound they create reverberates in their hollow abdomen, amplifying the noise for all to hear.

Male cicadas make noise to attract a mate. They’ll then reproduce, and shortly after, die. The females lay their eggs in the tops of trees, and their young climb down and burrow into the dirt, looking for tree roots to feed on.

Are Cicadas Harmful?

Unlike locusts, another type of insect that comes out in swarms, cicadas aren’t harmful creatures. They cause some damage to trees by eating at their roots when they live underground, but cicadas actually provide nourishment to a hoard of other animals when they arrive, and also supply trees in their area with necessary nitrogen.

What To Do About Cicadas in the Springfield VA Area

If you’re particularly squeamish and would rather not deal with cicadas, there’s not a whole lot that you can do besides staying inside and keeping your doors and windows shut. The cicada reemergence is an event that is far outside the control of any exterminator, and using bug spray on cicadas doesn’t do much besides potentially poisoning the animals that eat them.

If you are experiencing a pest outbreak on your property (hopefully not one of this magnitude), contact our experts at Elrich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s. We are trained to tackle a wide range of pest problems and have your home looking pristine and pest-free.

Complement Your Spring Cleaning With Some Easy Pest Control Tips

Pest control technician working in Springfield VA - Elrich Pest Control, formerly Connor'sSo many kinds of pests come out in the spring – the mixture of increased temperature and moisture creates a perfect environment for bugs to breed, feed, and thrive. As an influx of new insects sets in, many homeowners here in the Springfield VA area are going to find that their house has been taken over by unwelcome guests. Our experts at Elrich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s, will help prepare you for the season with a list of preventative measures to take.

Spring Bugs

Before you start pest-prepping your home, you should ask: what kinds of bugs should I be expecting? Here are some common spring pests in Virginia:

These pests all operate in different ways, but many of them are attracted to the same things that you might find in your house. Before you call your local pest control company, there are some steps that you can take to make your home less hospitable for bugs.

How to Keep Bugs Out of the House

Keeping an organized house is one of the most important methods of pest prevention. This might mean a number of things depending on the pest, so let’s take a look at the three main methods to keeping your home clean and bug-free. 

  1. Sealing food: Always be sure to put away your food and seal it up properly. Ants, in particular, are known for finding any open food source, even if it’s left slightly ajar in a cabinet. Storing all of your food in resealable containers should do the trick.
  2. Close doors and windows: Any door or window left open for too long could lead all sorts of insects looking for food and shelter into your home. Install screens on your windows and doors to get fresh air in the house without worrying about pests.
  3. Eliminate moisture: Many kinds of bugs, such as termites, spiders, ants, and more, are attracted to moisture inside your house. Water outside of your house could be a problem, too – mosquitoes lay their eggs on still water. Getting rid of dampness inside the house and pouring out or covering standing water outside of the house should work to prevent many kinds of pests.

Expert Pest Control in Springfield VA

If you’re experiencing an outbreak on your property after taking all of this advice, you might be dealing with a problem that’s outside of your control. In this case, reach out to your local pest control experts. The technicians at Elrich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s, are trained to handle a wide array of issues. Our mission is to rid your home of pests and ensure that they don’t come back, all while staying up to date with the latest standards of environmental responsibility. No matter your pest problem, contact us today for a free quote!