Cicadas spring up around southeast Wisconsin
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MILWAUKEE - The cicadas may have shown up late this year, but they’re making their presence known.
James Hayden has lived in Delavan for about a decade and has never heard the cicadas like this before.
"Not quite this bad," says Delevan.
As for the noise?
"It gets annoying."
For the cicadas, it's a necessity. It's their mating call. But it's meant some tough nights for Briahna Cardenas.
"They're pretty noisy at night time especially when I'm trying to sleep," says Cardenas. "It's like my gosh, I'm trying to sleep here."
The good news, cicadas are more bothersome than troublesome. They don't bite or sting, and they don't cause much damage. The biggest threat is branches breaking and dying after females lay their eggs in them. There are some benefits to these guys being around. They're a good food source for small animals and they help fertilize the soil. Something to keep in mind, to help you get past their more pesky qualities.
"They're really really gross. They’re just, like, everywhere. And it's like, ugh, they're gross," Cardenas says.