New York City was supposed to be one of many areas with a “cicada invasion” this summer, but it looks like we’ve lucked out. In fact, NYC (save for Staten Island though), North Jersey and D.C. all got pretty lucky, as all areas are still cicada free.
“I would suspect that 90 percent of the cicadas have already emerged, if they are going to emerge,” Gene Kritsky, a cicada expert at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio, said in a statement. “The decline in cicadas in New York is likely the result of land use. If trees were removed from areas where cicadas had emerged in the past and they are not within a mile of other cicadas, then the population would not replenish itself. This has resulted in a very sporadic distribution of the cicadas in more urban areas.”
Time to breathe a sigh of relief!