Cicadas Arrive in N.J. In Time For Memorial Day

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

New Jersey’s invasion of cicadas has started in the wake of two days of warm weather.

The insects have started to emerge from the soil in droves for the first time in 17 years, and that could make for a noisy, buggy Memorial Day weekend.

They’ve been spotted in Tenafly, Wayne, Colonia, Fanwood, Mendham and Montclair.

Rutgers University entomologist George Hamilton said that people with sunny, shade-free yards will likely get the first wave since cicadas leave their holes only after the soil temperature hits 64 degrees.

The insects are expected to swarm into New York City within the next few weeks.