Cicadas roar to life - FOX 13 News

Cicadas roar to life

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It isn't Valentine's day and this is not your normal love song.

"It scares me, because I don't know exactly what it is," said Rebecca Boerm.

Jonathan Simkins, a bee remover and an expert of all bugs, says for cicadas, love is in the air.

"It is actually a mating call. Or it could be a defensive call, it really depends what's going on," Simkins said.

He explains how they come to life.

"They emerge in the larva stage. Basically, they come out of the ground, they crawl up the tree and then they come out of that prehistoric type shell and emerge. Their wings dry and they fly off to start their mating ritual," he said.

It is a noisy one. Drowning out hammers and construction noise, and interrupting more than one FOX 13 interview.

The sound cicadas make can get pretty loud -- it has been known to reach 120 decibels, which is like music coming from a rock concert or noise from a jet engine.

But Simkins says there's no need to worry -- they don't harm your plants. They just show a lot of love, and make a lot of noise.

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