Cicada problem? Here are 9 things you need to know about everyone's least favorite bug

CINCINNATI – If you haven't heard already, cicadas have emerged in the Tri-State.

We know: You hate cicadas and dread their return. But don't worry, they're not going to be here much longer. 

Here are nine things you need to know about them:

1. People are spotting cicadas all over our region right now.

The creepy critters have been spotted in more than 30 local communities, including Anderson Township, Mount Healthy, Delhi Township, Mariemont, Kenwood, Finneytown and South Fairmount.

2. This cicada invasion is considered pretty "light."

Gene Kritsky, a professor and biology chair at Mount St. Joseph University, said there aren't as many cicadas this season as many suspected there would be. This is considered a lighter season. But don't get too happy -- he said we should expect a bigger emergence in 2021. 

3. The lifespan of adult cicadas is not long.

Most cicadas may die within seconds, while others live for about six weeks.

4. Cicadas are the loudest insects known to man.

When you hear a cicada, it may sound close -- but that may not always be the case. The critters are considered the loudest insect known to man. Their buzzing can be heard from about a half-mile away, Kritsky said. Only the male cicadas buzz or "sing," because they have sound-producing structures on their abdomen called “tymbals,” according to Kritsky’s periodical cicada facts.

5. People plan vacations to Greater Cincinnati just to see cicadas.

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so one man’s bug burden is another man’s pleasure? That must be the case because, according to Kritsky, people travel from as far as Japan just to see the cicadas in the area. Yikes. 

6. Cicadas will NOT hurt you.

The buzzing will annoy you, your gardens may be affected and the bugs may land on your clothes, but there is no need to worry. Cicadas don't bite. And according to experts, cicadas are vegetarians that prefer to get juice from plant stems.

7. You should cut your grass at dusk or dawn.

Cicadas are least active at dusk or dawn, so some experts suggest doing lawn work during those periods. Cicadas often confuse the vibrations of trimmers, leaf blowers or mowers as the vibrations from males. That causes both male and female cicadas to swarm toward the sound.

8. Your best bet is to just wait them out.

There are no major ways to get rid of cicadas. Since this year’s brood is a smaller emergence, Krtisky said residents should just be patient. The bugs have been out for a couple weeks now and are expected disappear in the next two weeks.

9. If you spot a cicada, report it!

If you see a cicada in your area, you should report it to an expert like Kritsky, so that your observation can be recorded. Instructions are provided here.

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