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Millions of cicadas to emerge for first time in 17 years

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NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

For the first time in 17 years, millions of cicadas are expected to emerge from the soil in the tristate region this summer.

The magic number is 64.  That's the temperature the soil must reach before the bugs head to the surface.

The noisy creatures are harmless to humans. 

"Usually every summer we have the annual cicada. You hear that sound. It's incessant. It is different from the periodical cicada (which we'll see this summer.) The annual is black and green. The periodical cicada is more orange and green and has these beady red eyes," said Dr. Matt Frye, entomologist, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program, Cornell University.

Some areas could see as many as a billion of the cicadas per square mile. That can lead to a lot of dead bugs all over roadways and grassy surfaces. They can also disrupt outdoor events with their loud buzzing.

They reproduce before dying.

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