Cicadas target East Coast, South Carolina may be spared

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The 17-year Cicadas, also know as Brood Two, are expected to target the East Coast in the next few weeks.

While right now, the map showing where they are expected doesn't include South Carolina, John Hutchens, a biology professor at Coastal Carolina University says that could change and most of the east coast should be on the lookout.

These Cicadas are emerging from the ground for the first time since 1996.

"Because people often don't live in a place for that long of time, you may not even know that you're living in a place where they're there," Hutchens said.

These periodical Cicadas don't bite or sting, but they can be annoying to both your ears and your plants.

"The adult life stage will usually be 4-6 weeks, so if you're listening to the males be so loud, they'll disappear after a little over a month. And then the young, after they've hatched out of their eggs, will fall down off the trees where their eggs have been laid, and they then young will go back down in the ground for 17 more years," Hutchens added.

While we may not see them this far South, Hutchens says thanks to technology, we may find out they're here after all.

He says we should be able to track and research this 2013 grouping much better than in the past.

"It's a great thing for people to actually check in online and be able to put in the exact location where you found your species, what time they were there and how long they were there so that we can get better records on these organisms that sort of appear and disappear at long intervals."

There is another grouping of Cicadas that we do have in South Carolina, they are seen every 13 years. Hutchens says if you do see them, you can protect your plants with screens or mesh.

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