Virginians will soon see millions of Periodical Cicadas emerge from the soil. These flying insects are quite large, have red eyes, and create a distinct buzzing noise that is used to attract reproductive mates during the 4-6 weeks they are alive above soil. While Brood IX is not predicted to emerge near Richmond, we could still see some of these insects in our neighborhoods in fewer numbers then locations listed below.
Brood IX Emergence Locations
- Virginia municipalities: Blacksburg, Bland, Callands, Christiansburg, Covington, Dry Pond, Ferrum, Martinsville, Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, and more.
- Virginia counties: Allegheny, Bland, Franklin, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Roanoke.
Brood IX will have spent the last 17 years underground feeding on tree sap. Once the soil reaches temperatures above 65 degrees the insects will emerge to molt and lay eggs. Each Female is capable of laying nearly 600 eggs which is why the population of this insect can be astonishing.
While this insect is incapable of stinging or biting, they can cause damage to plants and are considered more of a nuisance pest then a threat to health or building damage. Use netting to protect young plants and trees. Be sure your windows and doors are closed!