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  • Writer's picturePeter Oleynik

Exciting Natural Phenomenon: The Emergence of Cicada Broods in Illinois

Updated: May 2

The Emergence of Cicada Broods in Illinois

As we approach the warmer months, residents across Illinois are in for a rare and fascinating natural event—the emergence of two major cicada broods. At EcoGuard Pest Control, while we focus our services on managing other types of pests, cicadas are not considered pests, and thus, we do not offer services to control or remove them. However, we understand the curiosity and concern that can arise with such an event and are here to provide information on how you can coexist comfortably with these harmless creatures.

Understanding Cicadas and Their Life Cycle

Cicadas are known for their distinctive sound, which is a hallmark of the summer months. This year, Illinois is set to witness the emergence of two broods, which occurs only once every several years. These insects spend most of their lives underground as nymphs, feeding on sap from tree roots. The culmination of their lifecycle is marked by a synchronized emergence, where they molt, mate, and lay eggs before dying shortly after. This lifecycle contributes to the incredible noise they produce, which is actually a mating call.

Why Cicadas Are Not Pests

It's important to note that cicadas do not pose a threat to humans, pets, or property. Unlike pests that can cause damage or carry diseases, cicadas are mainly a nuisance due to their loud mating calls and sheer numbers. Their presence is temporary, and they are an important part of the ecological system, serving as a food source for many predator species.

How to Manage Cicada Presence

While EcoGuard Pest Control does not manage cicada populations, there are steps you can take to minimize the impact of their short visit:

  1. Protect Young Trees: If you have young trees, consider using netting to protect them from female cicadas laying eggs. This can prevent twig damage.

  2. Maintain Outdoor Spaces: Keep your lawn and outdoor areas tidy. Remove excess debris and trim overgrown vegetation to reduce the appealing areas for cicadas to gather.

  3. Use Sound Barriers: If the noise is particularly disruptive, you might consider soundproofing your home or using white noise machines to help drown out the cicada song, especially during peak mating periods.

Signs of Cicada Activity

Being prepared means knowing what signs to look for. Here are a few indicators of cicada activity:

  • Sudden Appearance of Shells: Cicada nymphs leave behind their exoskeletons after molting, which you might find attached to the sides of trees, on your car, or near other sturdy structures.

  • Increased Bird Activity: Many birds consider cicadas a treat, so you might notice more avian visitors than usual.

  • Loud Chirping Sounds: The most obvious sign of cicadas is their loud chirping, which can become quite overwhelming, especially during the evening.

While the emergence of cicada broods can be a spectacle and, for some, a nuisance, it is a natural process that offers many benefits to the environment. At EcoGuard Pest Control, we encourage you to embrace this natural event while taking simple steps to protect your property. Should you have other pest-related concerns, our team is here to help with effective, environmentally responsible solutions. Enjoy the natural wonders that Illinois has to offer, and remember, this cicada season is but a brief moment in nature’s cycle.

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