Cicadas emerging, but local expert warns about uptick of other bugs

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Cicadas are expected to emerge any day now. An expert tells us that most of them will be in more northern parts of Virginia but we could still see them in our viewing area.

Board-certified Entomologist David Moore says cicadas can typically be spotted in younger trees. He says they don’t bite; they’re perfectly fine to touch and they might poke but are not poisonous or toxic.

Moore also works with Dodson Pest Control where he says they’re more concerned with ticks this season.

He adds that the early spike in ticks and other bugs that emerge in the summer has been keeping pest control companies pretty busy for the past few weeks.

“We had a pretty mild winter and it’s already gotten warmer now versus what it was last year so not as many died off in the wintertime so more are able to procreate and continue on,” Moore explained.

He advises Virginians to watch out for any stinging insects such as wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and some bees as these types of insects can become aggressive in warm weather.

To prepare, Moore recommends purchasing repellent with Deet as one of its main ingredients.

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