Attack of the Cicadas!!!

  1. Hey everyone,
    How many of you are being attacked by Cicada's??? I know in the state of Maryland they are everywhere, and more to come!! They are soooo ugly, big red beety eyes, there like elongated, red eyed, cockroaches with wings! Oh, I know my dog loves them, theres also been a cat thats beein a tree for 8 days since, he loves to eat them, lol! Just wondering which states are being affected by these 17 yr. imitation locusts, and how are your animals treating them? Oh yea whos got recipes for 'em? (that was a joke)
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  3. by   nurseygrrl
    I think they're kinda cute...but I'm an odd one, I love most bugs. I don't really see 'em, but I can hear 'em. Ever see the movie 'Lucas'? It's got a whole part about cicadas...I'm a dork like Lucas :chuckle
  4. by   Cherish
    Lucas was about cicadas? I thought it was about locusts. Might have to netflix that movie, lol!
  5. by   nurseygrrl
    uh oh! Nope, it's me who is wrong. Lucas is about locusts...but Netflix it anyway...it's a cute movie :chuckle
  6. by   Altra
    Thankfully we're being spared this time around ... we were inundated with them 2 years ago. My daughter (8 at the time) was freaked out by them at first, but then grew immune to the sound of them thwapping off the car as we drove. :chuckle

    The last time before that they emerged was when I was a senior in high school. Our school wasn't air conditioned, so by May the windows were open. We played hockey with them with brooms down the long hallways.

    In all seriousness though - those of you who have pets may want to be aware - not a good idea to allow your dog to chow down on them - may seriously upset their stomach.
  7. by   manna
    Quote from HerEyes73
    I think they're kinda cute...but I'm an odd one, I love most bugs.
    My hubby would agree with you... but he's a pest control man so bugs = money :chuckle

    He's so into it, that my total blue-collar man is now even considering going back to school to get a degree in entymology!
  8. by   Katnip
    I was attacked this afternoon by a cicadia when I was going for my mail. He flew at my head full speed.

    I've got one stuck in my windshield wiper and my son had a live one stuck in the grill of his truck.

    I'm normally not squeemish about bugs, but these guys drive me nuts. And the NOISE.
  9. by   Nurse Ratched
    Locusts and cicadas are one and the same - just the term locust leads one naturally to think of "plague" which is certainly what we are experiencing here in my state .

    I understand that there are 13 and 17-year cycles, and this is a year that they coincide. Nasty icky things are all over the sidewalks and the noise is tremendous!

    (On the other hand, it is amazing how the whole thing works - how do they know when 17 years have passed?)
  10. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from Nurse Ratched
    Locusts and cicadas are one and the same - just the term locust leads one naturally to think of "plague" which is certainly what we are experiencing here in my state .

    I understand that there are 13 and 17-year cycles, and this is a year that they coincide. Nasty icky things are all over the sidewalks and the noise is tremendous!

    (On the other hand, it is amazing how the whole thing works - how do they know when 17 years have passed?)
    "Cicadas are often confused with locusts. Locusts are in the grasshopper family, and cicadas are more closely related to aphids. Here is how their length compares to other common bugs:"
    The above quote was taken from this article in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

    They are horrible here! I was not living in Cincinnati last time, but the time before that I was in high school and at that time had planned to never live with them again!
    Until Sunday, I thought they would just be a gross annoyance for me. Not so! Turns out I am irrationally petrified of them! One got in the house, landed on me and it was the best part of an hour before my husband could calm me down. I must have been fooling myself about how little I cared about them one way or the other.
    They've been "out" for a while now but not bad. This weekend they reallyl arrived. The noise is deafening and they are just plane GROSS!
    I missed a shift yesterday becasue I just couldn't make myself go out the front door. Tomorrow I work 0800 - 2000. In and out when they are resting! Thank God!
  11. by   SURFnNURSE
    We dont have the cicadas here in coastal NC, but i have heard how bad they are in MD. I am going up there in 1 wk to visit, and i am not looking forward to the little critters.
  12. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from SURFnNURSE
    We dont have the cicadas here in coastal NC, but i have heard how bad they are in MD. I am going up there in 1 wk to visit, and i am not looking forward to the little critters.
    Keeping your shifts to 12 hours getting you in and out while THEY are asleep helps a lot too!
  13. by   missmercy
    Yes, they are here too (OHIO) and no joke -- there was a cookbook mentioned onthe news that is all about eating the buggers!!! They were running a story about how people should be careful eating them beacuse they could have an allergic reaction to them -- guess a guy nearly died (anaphalactic reaction) -- guess if you are sensative to shell fish -- you could be sensative to these too.... I think I will not bother to test the theory!!!
  14. by   laughingfairy
    I remember them as a child but NONE here now. Shows what urban development very quickly and uncontrolled can do. I am one of the dorcs who was really looking foward to them.

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