11:18 PM EDT, May 10, 2013
Martinsville is about to get very loud.
Cicadas are showing up in the city, more in some places than people had hoped.
One Martinsville woman says she can't keep them away from her yard.
Hundreds of cicadas are hatching out on Mrs. Burnett's tree in her front yard. While she's trying to keep them away, a bug enthusiast is excited they've arrived.
"We've been waiting for them and we take pictures of them as part of the Master Naturalists," Drage said.
She's looking for critters, things that crawl, it's a big hobby of hers. This week's big adventure is a hunt for cicadas. Drage says she thinks the cicadas are beautiful.
"There are a lot of insects, if you look at them for their shape, their colors, the textures of their wings and stuff, I can see a lot of beauty in that," Drage said.
Of course that's her opinion.
What's not to like about their beady red eyes and massive size?
They show up about every 17 years.
In 2003 they crawled out of the ground in Roanoke and the New River Valley.
This year it's Martinsville's turn, but they're not singing.
Extension Agent Melanie Barrow says they will, just give them time.
"We don't need our ear plugs right now. They actually will take about a week and a half once they emerge to start singing and it's the males that we hear singing,” Barrow said.
They come out of the ground making one of these in the process and usually gravitate to trees to eat, mate, and lay eggs.
"They're more of a nuisance and they get into the house or you find your dog eating them and that type of thing but they're not going to hurt anyone,” Barrow said.
They'll just put a damper on your curb appeal.