Mysterious Bugs: Identified
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CREATED Aug. 1, 2013
You may recall we recently reported on a fly infestation here in the valley.
Now we're hearing of another type of bug that has some residents concerned.
A Rancho Mirage resident asked us to look into an infestation of bugs on their property.
Mysterious bugs pepper some trees in a Rancho Mirage neighborhood, Randy Wick first noticed them a couple weeks ago while walking his dog.
"My wife contacted you because of all these dead bees on these trees, and as you can see there some 20 bees on this one tree," said Randy.
Believing they may be bees, Randy was bugged by the idea bees could be dying.
"Some of the family looked at it, and said well maybe we should turn it in, report it," said Randy.
So ignoring my qualms of coming in close contact with bugs, I bravely scraped several off the tree and brought them to David Riddle at Truly Nolen Pest Control.
"Yes, these are definitely what's called the cicada," said David.
"They're the noisy one?" asked Randy.
That's right Randy, they're the bugs we hear especially in the summer singing a buzzing song.
"And that's pretty much what we're hearing, is the adult cicada calling for its mate," said David.
These noisy insects love the heat, and are a native species to the desert.
"They're not harmful at all whatsoever to the trees or to anything else, they're just very annoying."
Cicadas can take two to 17 years to mature, so the empty husks are the exoskeletons.
"They're the nymphs of the cicadas, you're seeing the shells really that come on the trees, and they're coming out from the ground, generally when they're done eating the roots, they're getting bigger, then they're ready to molt to become cicadas themselves," said David.
So if you spot the unusual sight of cicada shells, know that there's a good chance your backyard is about to get a whole lot noisier.
Truly Nolen Pest Control said while they do get calls about cicadas because of their noise, they aren't harmful and nothing can really be done about their constant buzzing song.