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The 17-year cicada invasion is officially underway.

We're getting more and more reports of sightings, especially in Northern Virginia.

As we've been telling you, these cicadas are known as "Brood II."

We should expect to see thousands more of them in the next few weeks all throughout the D.C. region and the Mid-Atlantic.

MORE INFO ON THE MYFOXDC CICADA PAGE:  http://www.myfoxdc.com/category/262567/cicada-brood2#axzz2ScYCLL9x

In Kristin Rose's yard in the Argyle Heights neighborhood of Fredericksburg, Va., there are already a lot of cicadas. She started seeing them around the middle of last week.

"Every day since mid-last week, it's like they're multiplying," says Rose.

They hang on leaves and their shells linger on brick walls and tree trunks.

"That's kind of creepy," she says.

This brood shows up every 17 years. They have been biding their time just a few feet underground. They emerge when the ground temperature reaches 64 degrees.

The noise you'll hear is them singing for sex. They are harmless.

"Spiders, I'm not OK with, but any other insect, I'm OK,” says Rose.

You should look closely. After all, this hasn't happened since 1996. Just be glad they don't hang around too long.

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