Cicadas expected to return

Posted at: 05/07/2013 9:36 PM
By: WNYT Staff

HUDSON -- Every 17 years millions, even billions of cicadas emerge from the ground during the summertime.

At the Fix Brothers Fruit Farm in Columbia County, they're bracing for an invasion.

Then there's the noise. Singing, some describe it as screeching, for their mates.

Despite the noise, Bob Fix sees it as a chance to peer into a natural phenomenon every 17 years.

Fix says, "It's fascinating when they first come out and after a while you wish they'd go away."

The cicadas are expected to arrive when the ground temperature hits about 64 degrees, potentially around Memorial Day. They will stick around for about four to six weeks, then they'll begin the cycle again for another 17 years.