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Don’t Bug Out! Cicadas Are Coming And Here’s How To Prepare.

Don’t Bug Out! Cicadas Are Coming And Here’s How To Prepare.

What are cicadas?

For those of you who may be new to the Eastern United States, or simply have not been around for the past 17 years, Cicada Bugs are insects that live underground. Formally known as Magiciada Cassnii, a large generation of these bugs only comes out once every 17 years – and 2021 is that year! The generation of cicadas in 2021 are called Brood X, the Great Eastern Brood.

Where will they be?

States that Cicadas will emerge in large quantities are:

  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Should I be worried?

No! There is no need to be afraid of these creatures, they only eat plants! They will only be out and about for five or six weeks. However, we do recommend taking some precautions to protect your belongings:

  • Protect your paint – Cicada bugs are very acidic. Go grab yourself some car wax and apply a coat now to create a protective barrier between the bugs and your car.
  • Slow down – If you run into a swarm of cicadas while driving, slow down! The road could be slippery when driving over a bunch of squashed cicadas.
  • Clean your grill – If you let dead insects pile up, they can clog your grill and make your car run poorly. Even worse, the engine could overheat! Gently clean your grill using a low-pressure hose. A bug screen is an affordable solution to shield your grill and protect your engine.
  • Roll your windows up – You’d probably freak out if a cicada flew into your window while driving! Even though cicadas themselves won’t hurt you, you definitely don’t want them in your car. We recommend keeping your windows rolled up when driving or parked to keep the cicadas out! If a cicada does get into your car, stay calm and find a safe spot to pull over to remove it.
  • Beware of bug splatter – Bug splatter can reduce your visibility while driving. Be sure your windshield wiper fluid is full and your wipers are in good condition so you can remove it as fast as possible to increase visibility!

Remember that Cicada bugs are not here to hurt you. They leave underground to mate, so listen out for their call! Their hum can reach up to 100 decibels! If you hear or see a Cicada, a fun thing to do with the kids is log it in the Cicada Tracker. It helps the fancy bug scientists do their job!

https://project.wnyc.org/cicadas/form.html

Here’s a coloring sheet from SafeAuto to print out and enjoy! Stay safe!

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