For those who have Entomophobia, the extreme fear of insects, or for those that would prefer it if insects just left them alone, Georgia may not be the best place to be for the next few months.
Pretty soon an apocalyptic-appearing swarm of cicadas will overwhelm several counties in the northern portion of Georgia. Some are even going as far as to say that the swarm will be of “biblical proportions.” That typical summer night buzzing and clicking sound from cicadas may sound a bit louder than we’re used to.
Cicadas and Snakes in Georgia
According to WSB-TV, there will be millions of alarmingly red-eyed cicadas digging their way out of the ground and into the air. Brood X cicadas have apparently been living underground for about 17 years. However, it’s about time for their appearance above ground.
The issue isn’t really with the cicadas, since the insects are relatively harmless to humans. Rather, the cicadas have a predator that could actually be deadly to people.
Copperheads, a type of snake, in particular, enjoy the crunchy insect as a quick snack. James Handley, who traps and removes these venomous snakes, told the publication that people should be expecting a lot more snakes in the following weeks. Although copperheads don’t usually enjoy lurking in short grass, they will if it means capturing and eating some cicadas.
Experts Urge People to Take Precaution
Wildlife experts are urging people in the state to take precautionary steps. They mean this quite literally. These snakes are likely going to be filling out the grass and people need to delicately watch where they’re stepping. The alternative could mean a trip to the hospital. The copperheads will bite any nearby threats. Sometimes this bite can be deadly, although that is rarely the case. The snakes have what is considered a milder form of venom.
Snakes aren’t the only nature members that may be spotted in more abundance in the next month or so.
Birds, all kinds of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals will all take part in the cicada buffet going on.
If this sounds terribly daunting, know that it should all be over by June. If that’s any real consolation. Those who live in northern parts of Georgia should be especially cautious during the night. Copperheads become nocturnal during the summer season. They especially love warm and humid nights after rain showers.
Those who live in more of the urban parts of the state should have little concerns.