New York State IPM Program

Year of the cicadas — again!

They’re back. And IPM’s Matt Frye is here to tell you about it.


For those who witnessed the last bumper crop of 17-year cicadas back in 1996, it was nigh unforgettable. And it about to happen again. In fact, maps going back 100 years track hatches of the 17-year cicada and its cousin, the 13-year cicada.


If you live in downstate New York, western Connecticut, New Jersey, and points south you can’t miss them — billions of big buzzy bugs with stoplight-red eyes clambering up from the soil and into trees to cast off their old skins.


Once they’ve unfolded their shiny, brand-new wings, they’re ready to cruise, mate, lay eggs, and then — it’s curtains.


The eggs that hatch will spend the next 16+ years as nymphs burrowing through the soil, sucking root sap for nourishment. Until 2030, that is, when it happens again.

Author: Mary M. Woodsen

Pests and pesticides — both can cause harm. How can we protect ourselves the least-toxic way? IPM is the sound, sensible, science-based approach that works wherever you do. The New York State Integrated Pest Management Program develops and offers tested tactics for pests new and old, whether on farms, offices, orchards, schools, parks, vineyards, more.... Wherever you find pests, you find IPM.

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