Almost like something out of a horror movie, they wait beneath trees, underground where we won’t see them, waiting for the perfect spring night to emerge. Furthermore, they arrive by the billions by swarm. Their unique sound can be chilling when they sing in harmony.
The emergence of Cicadas is an essential part of our culture in Ohio, especially the arrival of seventeen-year swarms. Such a swarm is expected to bloom in some Ohio counties this spring. Once the soil eight inches underground comes up to sixty-four degrees Fahrenheit, the cicadas (also known as locusts) will come out of hiding after seventeen years of waiting.
If you never seen them arrive in mass, don’t worry. Despite there size and startling appearance they don’t bite or sting and after waiting seventeen years to say hello, they’ll only be around about six weeks.
The so-called “Brood VII” cicadas (or known to most as seventeen-year cicadas) will arrive by the billions this spring in western Pennsylvania, the northern tip of West Virginia and the eastern edge of Ohio. While it is common to see hundreds or thousands of cicadas any spring in our part of the country, this brood hasn’t emerged since 2002. The last time Ohio saw a swarm of this magnitude was in 2016 when Brood V emerged and took over much of Ohio, as well as parts of New York, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Brood VIII is expected in Ohio by the middle of May and the hot spots are thought to be Ashtabula, Columbiana and Mahoning counties.