Cicadas set to infest D.C. area

The cherry blossoms are drawing thousands of people to D.C., but millions if not billions of other visitors will appear soon as the temperatures rise.

These visitors don't come every year, but when they do, they're impossible to miss.


Each brood only surfaces every 17 years, but there are different broods of bugs. It's only been five years since the last infestation.

They're only around for about a month and pest removal experts say most people just deal with them.

They can damage trees where the female lays her eggs. The bigger problem is an increase in wasps that feed on the cicadas.

Some people consider cicadas edible delicacies, but for most people they're more annoying than appetizing.

ABC7's Steve Chenevey has the story.