Saturday, June 25, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

So what type of pests are out and invading homes and businesses in the Springfield and Nixa areas?
All the usual pests such as odorous house ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitos are trying to get indoors this time of year.
As the temperatures rise the insects become more like us in the aspect that they want to get in where it is cooler also. Ant activity will pick up previous to hot temperatures or when rains are coming.

But there is one pest, that only the noise, shed exoskeletons and dead bodies they leave behind can actually be described as being a pest - guess which one?
If you said cicada, you are 100% correct.
Why doesn't The Bug Guy actually consider them as pests? Well if you were born anytime after the year 2000 then you have never experenced them in your lifetime. That's right they only come around every seventeen years!

The cicada species that will emerge are Magicicada cassinii (Fisher, 1852), Magicicada septendecim (Linnaeus, 1758), and Magicicada septendecula Alexander and Moore, 1962. These periodical cicadas have a 17-year life cycle. The last time they emerged was 1999!
They were around this spring and are dying off even as I write this.
So without much adio or fanfare they are gone and not to be seen for another seventeen years.

Adios you unusual little pest.