The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

May 9, 2013

State won’t be plagued by periodical cicadas

— Periodical Cicada Brood II emergence has been in the news a lot lately, but West Virginia doesn’t have anything to worry about. According to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) Brood II doesn’t occur in West Virginia. However, they should be showing up pretty soon in Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

“The Department has been receiving a lot of calls about periodical cicadas,” said Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick, “but we aren’t scheduled for an emergence until 2016.”

Periodical cicadas, also known as 17-year locusts, have different emergence years and are grouped in numbered broods. Broods I, V, VIII, IX, X, and XIV are the ones that occur in West Virginia.

For more information or a brochure on the periodical cicadas of West Virginia, which includes a brood map, contact the WVDA Plant Industries Division at 304-558-2212.