Nevada Braces For Insect Invasion

RENO, Nev. (AP) - First, it was Mormon crickets. Now, Nevada is
bracing for an invasion of another insect: cicadas.

Nevada Department of Agriculture officials said they expect the highest number of cicadas in Nevada this year since 2002.

While cicadas can be found every summer in Nevada, this year will mark the emergence of several species at the same time.

The large insects known for their noisy mating calls emerge from
underground every five to seven years.

"Cicadas are big and they're not pretty to look at, but they're harmless," said Jeff Knight, Nevada state entomologist. "They don't bite. They don't do much, if any, damage. They're just an annoyance because of the buzzing."

Cicadas can be found elsewhere across the country, including the
Southwest and Midwest.
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal,

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