Cicadas Can Be Harmful To Cats And Dogs

Larry Richert and John Shumway
May 21, 2019 - 11:14 am
Cicada and Olive Tree

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Millions of cicadas are beginning to emerge in the Pittsburgh area.

Do not worry; they are not harmful to humans.

“These are really beneficial, actually, if you are a bird or other insect eating animal,” said Chad Gore, Entomologist with Ehrlich Pest Control, during an interview with KDKA Radio on Tuesday.

However, they can be dangerous to other animals.

After cicadas come out of the ground, they release a shell. If a cat or dog digests a cicada before it sheds this shell, that animal can experience stomach issues.

It is especially hard for cats because they are attracted to the insect.

“Because of the singing and the noise that they make, they are constantly running after them,” Veterinarian Dr. Mike Hutchinson tells KDKA Radio.

Cicadas do not carry disease.

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