They are loud, ugly and annoying.
But they will soon be gone.
Cicadas now found throughout the Kanawha Valley are not the 17-year locusts that come out by the hundreds of thousands and damage small trees and shrubs. That particular cicada brood last appeared in the northern Kanawha County in 1999, where they are due again in 2016.
"The one now is the annual or dog-day cicada," said Berry Crutchfield, plant/pest biologist for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. "It comes out every year. It has a two- to five-year development cycle, but generations overlap. They come out between July and September."
There is no way to know how many are in the area. "We don't monitor their population."
However, residents definitely know they are here with their high, shrill sound that is apparent during evening hours.
"They are pretty loud," Crutchfield said. "They make a loud whining noise in the trees. Some call it a rapid clicking."
Also known as jar flies, the annual cicadas are two to two and a half inches in length, dark green in color and have green eyes. In contrast, the 17-year locusts are a little smaller with black bodies and red eyes.
The annual cicadas do sparse damage and are not considered economic pests, Crutchfield said. While their damage is similar to the 17-year (or periodical) locusts, the annuals are fewer in number.