Need pest help? Save $50 on your first recurring service today with code GET50

How Long Do Cicadas Live?

Cicada Lifespan

The length of a cicada’s life depends upon the cicada species.


When considering the longevity of cicadas, annual cicadas in the genus Neotibicen, (dog day cicadas) live for about 2-5 years

Cicadas in the genus Magicicada (the periodical cicadas) if left undisturbed in their nymphal, below ground habitat will live about 13 or 17 years, depending on the species.

Periodical Cicadas

Periodical cicadas are the longest living insect that occurs in the region north of Mexico.

The one thing that most species of cicadas living north of Mexico have in common is they spend far more of their life underground as nymphs than they do above ground as adults.

Periodical cicadas are about 1-1 ½ inches long, have reddish colored eyes, black bodies and complete a life cycle in either 13 or 17 years.

Dog Day Cicadas

The dog day cicadas are fairly easy to recognize since they are about two inches long and their bodies are greenish to brownish in color with black markings.

Some species of dog day cicada adults will show up every year.


Dig Deeper on Cicadas

Cicada Sounds & Noises: What Do Cicadas Sound Like?

What made these small, round holes in my yard?


I’ve recently noticed a bunch of small, round holes (1/4-1/2″) in my yard.W What could this be?

Do Cicadas Bite?

Where Do Cicadas Live?

What Do Cicadas Eat?

How Long Do Cicadas Live?

I have a bug that sounds like a rattlesnake


I'm from Minnesota and have a bug in my yard that makes a noise that sounds like a rattlesnake. It goes all day and all night. If you have any idea of what it is, that would be most helpful.

When is cicada season?

Cicadas Facts - Life Cycle, Emergence, Appearance

Cicada Illustration

Connect with Us

Our customer care team is available for you 24 hours a day.


Find a Branch

Our local Pros are the pest experts in your area.

Get a Personalized Quote

We will help you find the right treatment plan for your home.



Pest ControlTermite ControlPrevent and Protect


Browse All Pests

© 2024 Orkin LLC

Terms of UsePrivacyAccessibility StatementCareers

Your Branch  

Call Now