Cicadas

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What are cicadas?

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Annual cicadas are large, flying insects that emerge from the ground every year.  In New Jersey and other parts of the country, there are also periodical cicadas that emerge every 13 years and a brood that shows up every 17 years.  

What do cicadas look like?

What cicadas look like depends on which type of cicada is present. Periodical cicadas (the ones that emerge at different time intervals) have black bodies that can range in size from 3/4” to 2 ¼ inches in length. These insects are noted for having red eyes and orange wing veins. Annual cicadas, or the ones that come out every year, are black and green in color.

Both types of cicadas are often identified by the extremely loud buzzing noise the males make to attract female mates.

What do cicadas look like?

What cicadas look like depends on which type of cicada is present. Periodical cicadas (the ones that emerge at different time intervals) have black bodies that can range in size from 3/4” to 2 ¼ inches in length. These insects are noted for having red eyes and orange wing veins. Annual cicadas, or the ones that come out every year, are black and green in color.

Both types of cicadas are often identified by the extremely loud buzzing noise the males make to attract female mates.

Do cicadas bite or sting?

Unlike mosquitoes that bite or bees and wasps that sting, cicadas do not bite or sting people or animals.

Are cicadas dangerous?

Neither annual or periodical cicadas pose a threat to human health or safety. Some broods of periodical cicadas may cause harm to young trees.

Why do I have a cicada problem?

Cicadas are a problem every year in New Jersey, typically emerging in the late spring or early summer. While they are not dangerous nor pose a serious threat to health or property, cicadas appear out of seemingly nowhere by the hundreds, thousands, and even billions and their collective buzzing may become rather annoying.

Additionally, if your property is infested with harmless cicadas, you can expect to see cicada killer wasps show up as well.

How do you get rid of cicadas?

Since they do not pose a threat to people or property, treatment is not necessary. In order to minimize your exposure to cicadas and their irritating noise, we recommend limiting time spent outdoors when the cicadas are most active. You may also consider covering any young trees in order to prevent damage.

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