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They have been under our feet for 17 years.

Now, they are getting ready to emerge.

17 year cicadas are getting ready to come up from the ground after growing for nearly two decades.

"They do the same thing, they really don't harm anything," explains Duane Gissel, a horticulturist for Iowa State University.

He says they are very similar to the cicadas we see every year in this part of the country. 

They will be slightly smaller, but loud... Very loud. 

"If they are in the large numbers, if we get them... It's absolutely deafening," says Gissel.

Experts say if these 17 year cicadas rise in your area, you could see as many as a million in an acre. 

But where will they show up?

Until they actually do, it's hard to know.

Experts believe they have it narrowed down, where the cicadas were last time, and where they will pop up again 17 years later, spanning from Missouri to Iowa and Illinois.

Around here, we could see them in Warren, Henderson, and Knox counties in Illinois.

In Iowa, Des Moines, Henry, Louisa, and Scott counties could see the cicada invasion. 

But Gissel reiterates they are not harmful in any way.

They will rise from the ground, live four about a month, then die. 

Never to be seen again.. At least for 17 years. 
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