Cicada Swarms in Tennessee - The Bug Man

This year, Tennessee and the surrounding states will be in the middle of a natural phenomenon. This cicada event is rare and creates a beautiful buzzing symphony. As we discuss the nature of cicadas and the rarity of this event, we hope this information can offer insight into our environment and the role cicadas play in influencing the ecosystem. Join The Bug Man as we explore the mystery of the cicadas, such as their lengthy life cycles, unique habitat, impact on the environment, and how we can exist alongside the musicians of the insect world. 

How Rare Is This Natural Phenomenon?

In 2024, we have the privilege of witnessing a unique ecological experience: the emergence of two cicada broods, a species that has separated over time. The beauty of this emergence is the ecological timeline that it follows without fail. That being noted, this event last occurred in the early 1800’s approximately 221 years ago, and will not happen again until another 221 years pass. This once-in-a-lifetime event will start in mid-May and end in June. 

Cicada Basics

Cicada’s habitat is unique since they live underground and only emerge for two reasons: to mate and to die. They have an exceptionally long lifespan of 13-17 years compared to most insects which typically live at least a few days or at most two years. When Cicidas emerge, they make a beautiful symphony of clicks and buzzes, which will be even more eventful during this rare event. 

Why Is This Important?

While it may be alarming to hear that these two broods will emerge en masse. Cicadas aren’t harmful to humans and should not be a cause for concern. The Bug Man pest control cautions that the only damage is to saplings and other vegetation. However, it is important to understand the environmental impact to prepare and witness this phenomenon without worry. 

Dealing With Cicadas

Since cicadas do not cause harm to humans and their habitat is underground. The Bug Man pest control experts do not recommend extensive extermination efforts. Instead, we recommend protective measures such as netting for saplings in your home or business. 

Be Aware of Potential Cicada Urine Propulsion

When marveling at the spectacle of cicada swarms, one less known yet unique aspect to consider is their ability to eject urine forcefully. Cicadas, despite their diminutive stature, can eject fluids with surprising velocity from their bodies. Unlike other insects that feed on xylem and release urine in mere droplets, cicadas can shoot their urine at velocities up to three meters per second, surpassing some larger creatures in speed. This extraordinary feat stems from their consumption of large amounts of xylem, making droplet excretion inefficient. Therefore, if you find yourself unexpectedly sprinkled on a clear day while cicadas are active, it’s likely due to their rapid urine expulsion from above.

Looking Ahead

The emergence of two cicada broods is not just a visual or auditory beauty but also a reminder of nature’s balance and complexity. We hope everyone who witnesses this event can learn how to co-exist with nature’s gifts and observe this phenomenon that spans centuries 

Join The Bug Man Pest Control Experts as we all bear witness to this extraordinary event, with the understanding that this event is a gift from nature and an insight into our ecological system’s fight to maintain its delicate balance. 

Cicadas 2024: A Natural Spectacle Occurs in Tennessee in Central Tennessee

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