With warmer weather, comes more insects. I am not a bug fan, but I am interested in what to expect, and if needed, how to get rid of them.
Cicadas are set to hatch.
This year it is the “Brood X” strain. These insects resemble our typical “dog day” cicadas, which we see in mid-to-late summer in Wisconsin, but they are orange and black with vibrant reddish eyes instead of a dull greenish color. Parts of the US are currently seeing mass emergences of periodical cicadas, which appear by the millions every 13 or 17 years depending on the species. Is this Wisconsin’s year? Not yet. I am ok with that.
In Wisconsin,we only see a single brood: Brood XIII. We just had them in 2007. So, we are due in 2024.
The great cicada hatching of 2021 is drawing closer as soil temperatures in some parts of America move closer to 64F– the trigger, according to scientists, for trillions of the insects to push up to the surface and into the trees to mate.
It is a remarkable 17-year-life cycle for the hordes of bugs, who form different broods that emerge at different times and who remain underground for almost their entire lives before briefly emerging to mate and then die.
Brood X – or the Great Eastern Brood – is the group of cicadas that spreads primarily over the eastern US, and parts of the Midwest too.
Their emergence is a bonanza for predators, including copperhead snakes, birds, squirrels, bats, wasps, spiders and other nasty things.
Apparently, this bug is nutritious. Nasty.