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Cicadas to emerge this spring in multiple West Virginia counties

Brood V 17-year cicadas are scheduled to emerge in many West Virginia counties this spring. (MGN Online Graphics Archive)

Brace yourself if you are bugged by those noisy cicadas.

The Brood V 17-year cicadas are scheduled to emerge in the spring in West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to cicadamania.com.

The website said counties where the bugs are expected to emerge are Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Monongalia, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Webster, Wetzel and Wood.

When will they make their noisy appearance. The bugs typically surface when the soil 8 inches below the ground reaches 64 degrees, an event that can be triggered by warm rain, the website said.

The West Virginia University Extension Service reports cicadas pose no health threat and do not bite or sting. They can cause some damage to trees and could kill young or newly planted trees. Cicadas egg laying can cause twigs of trees to hang down or break off. Adult cicadas live about six to eight weeks, enough time to mate and produce the next generation.

Below is a video that shares some facts about cicadas:

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