'Noisy bugs' to make a comeback to Region 8

'Noisy bugs' to make a comeback to Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Cicadas are making a comeback for some counties in Region 8, according to the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

Several counties including Craighead, Crittenden, Mississippi, Cross, and St. Francis counties will see a higher population of the noisy bugs.

Dr. Tanja McKay, associate professor of entomology at Arkansas State University, said while the bugs can be a bit of a nuisance with the noise, they don't do any major harm to the environment.

In fact, she said they are actually helpful.

"When they do come out in large numbers other animals, for example birds, will be using them as food sources. So, in that sense, they are very good as part of the food chain," she said.

The large numbers of this brood of cicadas only come out every 13 years, so those who have to deal with the noise this year won't be dealing with it again for awhile.

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