The calls of cicadas will infiltrate many human eardrums as the bugs return in full force this year in north Georgia.
The Brood VI species of cicadas are coming out this spring after 17 years underground. Large numbers are expected to infiltrate parts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and in lesser amounts in Ohio and Wisconsin.
In Georgia, the bugs are expected to mostly appear in Rabun, Paulding, White, Dade, Floyd, Habersham and Elbert counties. There was already a report of the cicadas in Asheville, North Carolina, on Sunday, according to cicadamania.com.
The Brood VI cicadas are a different species than the ones people may see on a typical summer day. These are the “darker, red-eyed cousins” that will come out in a large force in 17 year cycles, said livescience.com.
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Those cicadas have been spending the years between their periodic emergence surviving off sap from tree roots.
Predicting the number of cicadas in a given area is tough, but in some places reported densities of 1.5 million per acre, according to the Washington Post.
Fortunately, cicadas are harmless — although somewhat of a slight annoyance — to humans, unlike those pesky, bloodsucking mosquitoes.