Warmer Temps Expected to Trigger ‘Cicada Tsunami’

Brace yourselves. Experts say the United States is about to fall victim to a “cicada tsunami.”

Temperatures around the country are expected to reach the high 70s-to-high 80s this week, which should bring out the pesky insects in droves, says University of Maryland Entomologist Mike Raupp.

“I think a trickle is going to a turn into a flood,” Raupp says. “I think cicadas are going to be widespread this week, certainly by Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.”

Although the annual cicada invasion is usually underway by this time, Raupp says cooler-than-normal temperatures have resulted in less cicadas. “They’ve kind of been backed up a little bit, jammed with the cooler temperatures and not able to get up and out of the ground effectively,” he says. “I think rather than see a kind of a crescendo, it’s like taking the finger out of the dam.”

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