A quick guide to the 2024 cicada emergence

2024 Cicada Emergence: What Homeowners Need to Know

As we approach the spring and summer of 2024, homeowners in the southern region of Wisconsin eagerly anticipate the emergence of billions of cicadas. This phenomenon occurs once every 17 years.
At Bear Homes, LLC, we understand the curiosity and concerns that may arise among homeowners living in or around the areas of emergence. Allow us to provide insights on what to expect and how to prepare for this extraordinary event.

Understanding the Cicada Phenomenon

Cicadas are insects known for their characteristic long, droning buzz, often heard during the warmer months. Despite their imposing appearance, these fascinating creatures are harmless to humans.

  • They do not sting
  • They do not bite
  • Are not poisonous

Cicadas primarily feed on plant fluids and pose no direct threat to homeowners or their properties.

The 2024 Cicada Emergence

In 2024, two broods of periodical cicadas are set to emerge simultaneously, marking a rare occurrence that happens only once every 221 years. These broods have been patiently waiting underground—one for 13 years and the other for 17 years. The emergence will be visible and audible in cities and natural areas spanning a stretch of the U.S., including southern Wisconsin and sections of Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas.

What to Expect

During the emergence, homeowners can expect to witness a remarkable phenomenon as billions of cicadas emerge from the ground, covering trees, sidewalks, and virtually every available surface. Their buzzing chorus will fill the air, creating a unique soundtrack to the season. While the sight and sound may be overwhelming initially, cicadas pose no harm to humans or homes.

Impact on Homeowners

As a homeowner, you may wonder about the potential impact of the cicada emergence on your property. While cicadas themselves do not cause damage to homes, their presence may be more noticeable in outdoor spaces. To minimize any inconvenience, we recommend keeping windows and doors closed to prevent cicadas from entering your home.

⚠️For those with pets⚠️, it’s essential to be mindful of your furry friends during the cicada emergence. While cicadas are not harmful to pets, ingestion of large quantities may lead to gastrointestinal upset. To mitigate risks, we recommend keeping a close eye on your pets while outdoors and discouraging them from consuming cicadas. Additionally, consider keeping pets indoors during peak cicada activity periods to ensure their safety and well-being.

As the 2024 cicada emergence approaches, we encourage homeowners to embrace this natural spectacle while taking necessary precautions to ensure their comfort and safety.