What is a cicada?
The adult cicada is about 1 5/8 inches long. Most of the body is black. Its legs and eyes are reddish. Some of the wing veins in the nearly transparent wings are orange. They are also called “locusts” but this is a misnomer as locusts are really grasshoppers.
Do they bite?
They do not bite, but they do have claws on their legs. The female has something that looks like a stinger but it is used to lay eggs.
When will they arrive?
The 17 year Cicada Brood II will arrive in May or early June 2013. Their numbers typically are tens to hundreds of thousands per acre but some areas the numbers could reach in the millions per acre.
What damage do they do?
They primarily damage small trees. Females will crawl up the base of trees, lay eggs that hatch into small nymphs. This stage will feed and damage branches of small trees. This may kill small trees should a lot of feeding occur. Homeowners can protect small trees by placing ¼ inch plastic netting over the trees until the swarm is over.
When is the swarm over?
When soil temperatures reach 64 degrees F, the mature nymphs that are in the soil will emerge, crawl up on trees and surfaces and the adults will emerge from the nymphal stage. This leaves behind the brown colored cicada “skin”. The swarm will last for about 2 weeks.
Why is it called the 17 year cicada?
The nymphs are fully grown after the 7th or 8th year, but continue to feed and develop until the spring of the 17th year. The brood that is coming this year is called Brood II. There is also a Brood X. I have the emergence schedule if you are interested.
BROOD II BROOD X
What can Viking do to control cicadas?
Since the numbers of emerging cicadas can reach the hundreds of thousands, we can only offer limited services for this insect. We can offer you a Cicada population reduction program, but keep in mind these insects can fly in from other areas in your neighborhood. We feel obligated to offer a service but need you to understand our limitations. The service we will provide will deal with the numbers you are experiencing from an initial swarm, but may not address additional swarms after our treatment. Any additional treatments would be at an additional cost.
Can you guarantee your treatment?
We cannot offer a guarantee with this insect. Our population reduction program is a per treatment service and with this insect it could take numerous treatments to control. This is because of the potential numbers of cicadas emerging from the soil and adults invading from other neighboring properties.