Ann Arbor is getting ready for the Brood X Cicada

ANN ARBOR, me. – Like it or not, cicadas are coming.

Brood X, also known as the Great Eastern Brood, has grown underground for the past 17 years. The brood last appeared as a periodic cicada in 2004 and is expected to fly around most of the eastern United States and the Midwest in May and June.

In anticipation of the appearance of a large cicada, the city is stopping its tree-planting efforts, according to a statement from the city.

The city also put this website together to help community members prepare for the flying treasure.

Although not harmful to humans, female cicadas lay their eggs in trees. The website recommends protecting younger trees with mesh, netting, or polyolefin to prevent cicadas from forming slits in branches and trunks. As these noisy insects crawl up from the ground, make sure the cover is tied around the trunk of the tree that is being wrapped. Covers should also be stapled to avoid gaps as cicadas can crawl in openings as small as half an inch.

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Here are steps on how to wrap a tree.

Residents are being discouraged from using insecticides as they are ineffective and could harm other insects or pets, the website said.

Do you want to learn more about Brood X? Read this: 17 Year Old Cicadas Appear In Michigan This Spring: All You Want To Know

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