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April 30, 2004

Cicada Comments from April 2004

Filed under: Brood X,Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:16 am

re: flying or crawling?

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Becca, they start out crawling when they emerge from underground. They crawl up the highest thing (ie; a tree), where they transform into flying creatures. Check out this link: http://insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/fauna/michigan_cicadas/Periodical/Index.html And I totally understand and share your fears. I’m also from New England, and had I known that this occured, I probably would have never relocated out here! — Patricia, PG County, MD



They are lots of fun

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: If you do get these here are some fun things to do with them. In 87 we dressed one up like elvis. Then we made some small glasses cut out of clear film and super glued them to the cicadas eyes. Looked really cool. But the best thing to do to them is amuse them. We found an adult cicada fit perfectly in the barrel of a paint ball gun. It is like a amusement ride for them. After giving them a co2 enama they leave the barrel at 300 ft per sec.That way the birds cant eat them, They are going to fast. The other fun thing is to paint their eyes with white-out and let them go in the house. They will fly into everything. Also if you pull the wings off they have to walk the rest of their lives. On the same note you can pull the legs off throw them in the air and they have to fly the rest of their life. I have taken bottle rockets off the stick and super glue the bottle rocket to the cicadas back, light it and throw it in the air, They get a bang out of that. If you any more good clean fun cicada amusement ideas plz e-mail them to me. Don — Doneagle5 [AT] aol.com, Cincinnati



flying or crawling?

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Do they fly or crawl? do they crawl up your pants legs? do they crawl on your screens? I’m DREADING this. I grew up in New England where we didn’t have these… — Becca, PG County, MD



OK…..

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Thanks for your words Leslie. I am right next door in Hyattsville and you have calmed me a bit… — Patricia, PG County, MD



SCARED

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Hey all, I need advice bad from a GOOD source of information. Can anyone tell me something about the cicada that will make me feel a little better? All I am hearing is that it will be impossible to function outside becuase they will be swarming all around us. I am getting scared to even take my 15 mth old son outside to play…I need to know if this is really as bad as everyone is saying. Can someone give me some knowledgable words of comfort? — jamie, Charlotte Hall, MD



Are they coming earlier than expected?

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I had heard that they were supposed to be coming out in mid-May, now I’m hearing that it will be sooner. Does anyone know? I am REALLY scared, (and know they are harmless but it doesn’t matter). I’m just freaking out here. I hadn’t heard about them swarming around people before…I was going to carry an umbrella when I went outside, but now it sounds like it won’t help much…any advice is most appreciated… — Patricia, PG County, MD



Cicadas

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Do cicadas eat or dig holes in your yard? — Letitia, Maryland



Dundalk

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I’ve contacted the principal of the Dundalk Middle School, and boy are you kids in trouble. Wait ’til your parents find out. Also, I guess your teachers aren’t doing a very good job, ‘cuz you kids sure can’t spell. — Sky, Arlington, Va.



CICADA

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: HOW DO THEY EAT THERE FOOD? — ROGER THOMPSON, DUNDALK



cicada

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I WORSHIP THE DEVEIL
\ — veronica, school



Moo!

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: ROGER LOVE A TREE HUGGING HIPPE AND DARIUS! — Meru, Dundalk



dghd

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: no i dont ROGER dose lol — clinton, dundalk middle school



cicada’s

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I LOVE CLINTON — veronica weber, school



Meow

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: im boucnybunny lol dodododododododododododo roger sucks! — Meru69, dundalk



kissy kissy

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: im a happy bunny hug me — Roger, Dundalk middle school



cicada’s

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: hi veronica weber. — clinton , dundalk middle school



cicada

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: hi clenton — see more buts, dundalk md.



hi

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: hi — bob, dudndalk



hi

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: you guys are stupid — bob, dundalk



COOLEST THING

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Dear Ralph – Is it Norwood or Kenwood? — Ghost, Warren County



To Amy in Ohio

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I saw the coolest thing in Walgreens yesterday that would be perfect for your cicada party, check it out. — Ralph, Norwood



I died and went to hell

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: I moved to Reston VA in 1987 from NY and I never in my life experienced anything like these buggers! I thought I had died and gone to hell. I used to RUN to the mailbox and back, ending up covered in these disgusting creatures… screaming all the way. I swore that I’d MOVE before the 17 years was up and they came again. Doh. I’m still here. I plan on not leaving the house for a month. — Jean B, Reston VA



protecting my air conditioner

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: Do I need to protect my air conditioners from cicadas? If yes, what should I use? — maggie, maryland



Re: Magicicada

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: A.Briscoe,
The cicadas should be here about mid May & be gone by the middle of June. As far as I remember the brunt of the chaos was in the last week of May & the first week of June. Hope this helps. — Roy T, Batavia, OH



Magicicada

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: The magicicadas are going to be here next month(May). My question is when they arrive, how long will they be in town? — A.Briscoe, Mount Rainier, MD, P.G. County



Party cicada

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: Are you kidding Amy? Go to cincycicada.com where you can get all of your cicada supplies, shirts, mugs, coasters and more! — Joe, Cincinnati



Cicada Items

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: Does anyone know where I can get Cicada items for a Cicada theme party in May? I am looking for Tshirts- or cups.Thanks,
Amy — Amy, Ohio



Highway Problems?

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: I have a road trip planned to Pittsburg the 1st week of June. Will there still be alot then. Will I be stopping every few mile to clean my windshield. Are they going to clog up my radiator. — Steve, Colerain Twp (Cincinnati)



Nymphs are starting to build mud chimneys!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: I was out in the woods in my back yard this afternoon & saw that some of the cicada nymphs are starting to build little mud chimneys to control the wet soil they are in. The little buggers don’t want to drown down there even though from reading some of these message posts lots of people wish they would. lol — Roy T, Batavia, OH



WHY?!?!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: Why does this have to happen? If I could think of my absolute worst nightmare – it would be huge flying ugly bugs covering every inch of land! I can already see myself being injured or having a panic attack after a run in with a cicada. I am just ready to get it over with… — Tiffany, Laurel, MD



RE: Lain

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: I seriously doubt they’re Cicadas. What color were they? Are they stubby and plump like a miniature vienna sausage, or are they flat w/ antennae? If they were perfectly round, very small and looked like a ladybug only brown, I’d say they were probably Japanese Ladybugs. They have a hard casing with wings below. I’m such a bug phobe. The exterminator is coming tomorrow to deal with our Carpenter Bees over our deck, the Paper Wasps that have taken up residence there, and the 3 Waterbugs I found a few days ago. I HATE BUGS! The only think I hate more are CICADAS. I don’t see them as bugs; they’re little demons. I feel like I’m in a race to get everything done before they invade N. Kentucky. Once they’re here … I’m staying in. It’ll take Jesus’ coming to get me out of this place! — Lisa, Ft. Thomas, KY



I remember them well!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: They don’t seem to have gotten here yet but I know they’re on their way. The last time they were here my dog ate them like popcorn and gained 5 lbs–the only member of my family that thought it was a GOOD thing! I feel sorry for everyone who has to work outside–it’s miserable especially for landscapers, lawncare folks, etc. The cicadas are drawn to loud buzzing noises and have been known to send grown men on ride mowers over the edge! — J. Lee, Nashville, Tennessee



Cicada Life cycle

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: Last night I found 8 small (1/4 inch)
bugs in my living room. They had hard outer wing cases with wings below. I did a little research on some insect keys but my insect anatomy is a little rusty. Does anyone know if there’s any possibility that these are cicadas? I do hope so because if they’re not they’re small roaches!
Thanks
Iain G — Iain, Annapolis, MD



Re: sooo worried about the bugs

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: Becca,
Yes, the critters will try to come inside if you have your doors open at night with strong light inside the house. Also, cicadas are attracted to porch lights so it’s best to keep those off at night if you are outside. Cicadas are not known to have road rage so no need to panic if one lands on you, just brush it off. If you are scared to touch them just carry a small paint brush with you & you can use that to brush them off that way. They are obviously more crawlers before they shed their skins but both crawl & fly when adults. Hope this helps.
— Roy T, Batavia, OH



Dothey see

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: I want to know if cicada’s can see. Or are this big eyed bugs blind. and if they can’nt see why are their eyes so big.You wood think that if they have such big red eyes,and have so many fly life looks.Again why can’nt they see where they’re going.And what they’re doing.Do they smell’I did’nt see a nose I just see those “BIG SPOOKY SCARRY RED EYES!!!” — Nita E., baltimore maryland



to Amanda

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: Girl I understand how you feel because I have never seen these bugs before either and I am scared. I just want them to hurry up and come because I am tired of hearing about them. The more I hear about them the more scared I get. When it comes to your lacrosse practice, personally I would stay in the house or ask if they could have practice indoors. — kendra, pg county Maryland



sooo worried about the bugs

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: Does anyone know if there is anything you can do to minimize the chance of the cicadas landing on you? Are there colors that are better or worse? Are they more flying or crawling bugs? Do they try to come inside (like moths)? — Becca, Maryland



Re: Do they like water?

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: John,
There was an emergence several years ago along the river upstream from Newport & the cicadas emerged all the way up to the riverbanks so I doubt the critters will be repelled by the water. Sorry it wasn’t the answer you probably wanted to hear. — Roy T, Batavia, OH



Do they like water?

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: I’m the GM of a popular rest with a patio overlooking the river. Is it true that Cicadas hate the water and if so are my guests safe from the annoyance? Please help — john, newport



Got a Shirt from www.cincycicada.com

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: Joe I goy one of those shirts you were talking about how funny. I think the web site is. www.cincycicada.com — John, Cincinnati



4/18/2004…Found 7 cicadas emerging!

Date: Sunday, Apr/18/2004

Message: Thought these buggers weren’t due until mid to late May?! Found seven right below the soil while digging to plant a few flowers. (Thought I could beat the cicada frenzy). These babies are ready now, YUK! I can hardly wait. Actually, I wish they’d just come on and get here and get it over with! I’m tired of thinking about it! I feel like standing outside and screaming “If you want me, come get me!” People say they won’t hurt you….heart attacks hurt; don’t they?! — Linda, Fairfield Ohio



decibels

Date: Sunday, Apr/18/2004

Message: Does anyone know why if one cicada makes a sound as loud as a motorcycle, why don’t 1000 cicadas sound like the accumulated sound of 1000 motorcycles? — Jon, MD



Hate those bugs!!!!

Date: Sunday, Apr/18/2004

Message: I’m the floral designer for Cappel’s Downtown Store in Cincinnati, Ohio. Even thought we hate these bugs, we at Cappel’ enjoy making these little bugs into pins and have made special order Cicada pith hats for those who feel the need for them! You can’t do anything about them so live with them and have a party! A Cicada Party, why not, live a little!!! Linda — Linda, Cincinnati, Ohio



will it effect me outside

Date: Sunday, Apr/18/2004

Message: hi this is my first time experiencing the cicadas. i go to school in DC and we have lacrosse practice everyday outside on the field. Do you think this will effect me a lot. Did i mention that i am SO freaked out when it comes to bugs. I just can’t wait till this is over and it hasn’t even started. — Amanda, Bethesda, MD



They’re Here!

Date: Saturday, Apr/17/2004

Message: I was working in the yard today, 4/18/04 and saw two of the little buggers when I picked up a bag of mulch that had been sitting on the grass. I figure the mulch bag made the earth warm and they thought it was time to come out and date. Oh boy-here we go again! — Greg Schwartz, City of Alexandria, VA



Yuck, this can’t be happening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Saturday, Apr/17/2004

Message: Is it true that those icky sticky shelled bugs are coming back in May 2004. I seem to remember the Cicada’s coming not too long ago! No way it’s been 7 years! Is there anything you can do to prefent them from eating away at our trees? — Molly joe Sue, Ohio



Cicada T-Shirts

Date: Saturday, Apr/17/2004

Message: If you are looking for a funny twist to the cicada invasion look at this site.
www.cincycicada.com
The tshirts are great. — Joe, Ohio



OK…I have faced the fact that they are coming…

Date: Friday, Apr/16/2004

Message: …but I am SO scared. I have an unbelievable bug phobia and I truly do not know how I am going to make it through this.I am so glad that I found this site, and I really appreciate the links that someone was nice enough to provide to give more info.Question: Are they really active in the evening? I’m thinking that if I stay in all day, maybe I can get out at night to run errands. or maybe first thing in the morning… — Patricia, PG County, MD



My God, a Cicada sonata

Date: Friday, Apr/16/2004

Message: If a Cicada mates with a sheep, does it result in a baa hum bug? — Bug lovin’, Baltimore, Maryland



Dirty Mexican Bugs

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: These bugs are little mexicans. Basically they pack like hundreds in your head…like told earlier from a Jon from NY. These critters bends over like the best of them. I have seen about 7 at a time in this kids head while he was swinging on a outdoor mansled. I was much amazed that I actually had to join them. Good Luck and Enjoy the rendezvous! — HackleBerry Joe, Africa



Those crazy bastards

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: I am 20. I remember those little buggers flying around and mating like machines. I was 3 at the time, and one of those hot little momma cicadas fly into my hair, and then the strapping young lad-cada pranced on over, and they began mating like fiends. I am terrified every day, waiting with no hope of stopping the horrific hatchery that will occur on my head for their glorious return. Remember kiddies, those things mate like a wildebeast and a rhino on a thursday, don’t be the next to allow them to mate on your head!!!———————————-The life of a cicada:
1) Hatch
2) Mate
3) Eat
4) Mate
5) Shed Shell
6) Mate
7) Die (while mating) — Jon, NY



AAAHHHHH!!!!

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: I am completely terrified of bugs…. Any and Every type of insect especially ones that Fly!!! I am 21 years old and spent my life in Northern Pennsylvania. I don’t remember anything like this and my parents do not recall any type of insect of this sort. I really dont know how I am going to deal with these THINGS!!!!!!!!! What am I going to do? Staying inside for a month is starting to sound like a good option!!! — Mandie, Maryland



It’s about time!

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: I have been looking forward to this for a long time. Each summer for years I have said, “Isn’t it about time for the 17 year cicadas again?”. It is finally here and I am so excited to be able to share it with my two children. — Dona, Bethesda, Maryland



Re: I AM SCARED

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: Erica,
If you are really that scared of the bugs maybe you can take a few weeks vacation at the end of May & stay inside to miss the onslaught or if your work has a third shift you could temporarily change shifts to miss all the buzz so to speak. But why would anybody want to miss the invasion? Cicadas are great!
— Roy T., Batavia, OH



I AM SCARED

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: I am from Niagara Falls, NY and we just dont have these bugs ! I am terribly frightened and afraid.. i know i will either get into a terrible car accident or lose my job because i cannot leave the house! i am serious. someone please help me. what can i do? will they fly into my car as i put my baby in her car seat? help! — Erica, Baltimore



TO KENDRA

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: Kendra…scroll down in these messages and find the one where I put those links to Cicada research. It will give you all the info you need. I have never heard of them flying in peoples hair, and I don’t think they get in your house. When they come up out of the ground, the climb the first vertical thing they see, and after that, they usually stick to the trees. The males die right after mating and the female is only set on laying her eggs in the branches of the trees. They DO NOT bite, so you shouldn’t be scared of them.
Hope this helps.
~Nikki~ — Nikki, SW Ohio



do they fly in your hair

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: I heard that cicada’s fly in your hair, and that when you are walking you are going to step on them. I am 17 and I have never seen these bugs before. I am a little scared because I don’t know what to expect and I don’t like bugs.I would also like to know if they get in your house. — kendra, upper marlboro MD



AH!!! AH!! AH!!

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: AH!!! AH!!! AH!!!!!!!! — rini, phila pa



Cicada Research

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: Here is a helpful website. Cicadas due to emerge May 17th, go away end of June. Go here and get all the info you need.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/03/0329_040329_cicadas.html
and here is the map of where they are expected to emerge.
http://aolsvc.aol.com/research/cicada/cicada_map.htm
Enjoy them, they won’t be around too long. And their music is kinda romantic for picnics under the stars :)
~Nikki~ — Nikki, SW Ohio



Yet another wedding…

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: Hi. Our outdoor wedding is planned for May 16th in Wheaton, MD. Any helpful tips????? — Jessica Feierman, Wheaton, Maryland



Distraction

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: What are you stitching and toxic mold people doing on a cicada site? Or… are you really periodical cicadas trying to distract people so you don’t get CICADANATED? — Droopy, Brush Creek Township



Gallery of finished cross stitch & needlepointing pieces

Date: Tuesday, Apr/13/2004

Message: I found great stitching service on http://www.xstitched.com . They have really big gallery of finished pieces.
Have a look… — Slavica, Los Angeles, CA, USA



Fungi / mold pictures

Date: Tuesday, Apr/13/2004

Message: I found great toxic mold pictures on http://www.moldremoval.com . I had something similar in my house… Jenny — Jenny, La Crescenta, CA, USA



Re: Coming to an area near me??

Date: Tuesday, Apr/13/2004

Message: Teresa,
Yes, it looks like from the map that you will see an emergece this year down in Lexington. Ask some neighbors that lived in the area back in ’87 how heavy the emergence was. That is the best way to know for sure.Thx,
Roy — Roy T, Batavia, OH



RE: Wedding planned for AshLawn in Charlottesville May 8

Date: Tuesday, Apr/13/2004

Message: Rebecca,
From the Brood X map it looks like you are on the southern fringe of the emergence & you will probably miss the emergence by a week or two if the wedding is on May 8th. Your best bet is to ask locals that lived in the area in 1987. They could tell you how heavy the emergence was at the time.Hope this helps,
Roy T. — Roy T, Batavia, OH



Replies / Question

Date: Monday, Apr/12/2004

Message: I remember 17 years ago in the Baltimore area. It wasn’t unbearable. They were certainly everywhere but unless you were in the woods, you could avoid them. I also went to Ocean City that summer. Cicadas were no where to be found on the beach. (not enough trees and too much sand) However, does anyone know when they are expected to emerge? I have an outdoor party planned for May 1st (and now that I am an adult), I own a house with a few trees in the yard and I am trying to decide if I should just plan the thing for indoors….. — Stacey, Bel Air, MD (north of Baltimore)



brood X on Eastern Shore, md

Date: Monday, Apr/12/2004

Message: does anyone out there live in
Dorchester County, on the eastern
shore of Maryland? and if so, will
Brood X be visiting you the same as
the rest of Maryland? I’ve heard it’s
less concentrated on the shore.
thanks — cheryl, hoopers island, Md



Early Risers

Date: Monday, Apr/12/2004

Message: I saw two cicadas Saturday in my backyard. Newly out of the ground. It would have to be my yard they came up in first. In the billions, here they come! — Nikki, Hamilton, Ohio



Terrified California Girl

Date: Sunday, Apr/11/2004

Message: I am leaving town as soon as they hit; as ridiculous as it sounds this seems like the only alternative for someone who has an extreme phobia of all insects. Back to California I go. Would anyone like to charter a cicada flight? — Laura, Baltimore, MD



Coming to an area near me??

Date: Sunday, Apr/11/2004

Message: Hi all! (guess it should be y’all now) I was a sophomore at Withrow when the last invasion occurred in the Tri-state. After leaving Cinci for our military, I had long forgotten about these flying nuisances. This site lists Kentucky as being one of the invasion areas this year. Was the Lexington area invaded as well in 1987? Bugs don’t bother me too much, but these buzzing things get annoying! I seem to recall tons of female students screaming at the sight of them, that was hilarious to watch!
Just wondered if they’ll invade our area. Thanks in advance!
— Teresa, Lexington, Ky



HELP !!!

Date: Saturday, Apr/10/2004

Message: 17 YEARS AGO WHEN THESE CREATURES INVADED I WAS PREGNANT WITH MY 1ST SON. HOW I SURVIVED, NOT A CLUE . 17 YEARS & 3 SONS LATER, I AM FREAKING OUT ABOUT THESE CREATURES REVISITING ! — THERESA, HUNT VALLEY, MD



Wedding planned for AshLawn in Charlottesville May 8

Date: Saturday, Apr/10/2004

Message: Can you tell me if Charlottesville is
in one of the main areas where we will
have a lot of cicadas and are we early
enough in May to miss them? Respond to JLFleck [AT] erols.com — Rebecca Fleck, Charlottesville Virginia



Deb, please get your facts straight…

Date: Saturday, Apr/10/2004

Message: Deb, the Eastern Cicada Killer is a native species and was not introduced 17 years ago from Aisa. Its main food is the large annual cicada species that come out every year, not periodical cicadas. I couldn’t find any reference to 2700 people being killed by Cicada Killers. I believe you may be thinking of the introduced European Hornet which has nothing to do with cicadas. — John Z, Maryland



Fundraising in Columbia MD despite Brood X

Date: Friday, Apr/9/2004

Message: Brian, I understand periodical cicadas only drown out Republicans. As long as your fundraiser isn’t Republican you’re safe. Everybody: the paper I write for is having a cicada recipe contest. Got any good ones? Can you point me to any good sites?Al — Al McKegg, West Friendship



You think the cicada’s are bad?

Date: Friday, Apr/9/2004

Message: Beware, though..17 years ago, an insect called the cicada killer (a large wasplike insect)was imported from Asia to deal with the infestation. When the cicada food supply triggered the mating cycle of the cicada killer, the “fix” grossly outweighed the problem. 2700 people were painfully killed by the cicada killer’s venom. — Deb Eichenberger, Harrisburg



Cicada infestation

Date: Friday, Apr/9/2004

Message: I’ve lived through this before. It is the most horrible experience you will ever live through. If anyone offers you any method to lessen the impact…take it. You have been warned. — TB, Pennsylvania



Cicada Shirt

Date: Friday, Apr/9/2004

Message: I found the site and bought a shirt as well.. are the cities on the other shirt going to get hit bad? — Erin, Indiana



Cicada’s in Ocean City

Date: Thursday, Apr/8/2004

Message: I am planning a trip to Ocean City Memorial Day weekend. Does anyone know how bad they are out there? and if they gravitate to water? I would appreciate the feedback. — Simone, Baltimore, Maryland



Yuck

Date: Thursday, Apr/8/2004

Message: The last time these insects were here,I was waiting for a bus on Harrison Avenue in Westwood, and one of the darned things flew up at me and got stuck between my eyes and my glasses. I was standing on the street totally freaking out, trying to get the thing off me and people were looking at me like I was nuts (probably a valid assumption). I’m 17 years older and wiser now but I am NOT looking forward to another Cicada invasion. Thankfully I no longer have to wait for a bus! :) — Liz, St. Bernard, Ohio



Pinkie

Date: Thursday, Apr/8/2004

Message: To answer your question, yes. Hope I’ve been helpful. — Rachelle, Flatland, OH



Re: Brood X in westchester?

Date: Thursday, Apr/8/2004

Message: Jasper,
According to the brood map you live just north of the northern fringe of the Broox X emergence in the eastern coastal states. You may want to ask neighbors who have lived in your area for more than 17 years if they remember seeing any in 1987. hope this helps,
Roy T — Roy T, Batavia, OH



cicada cuisine

Date: Wednesday, Apr/7/2004

Message: Dear Chrystal Moonshine and others:
I’m a Washington Post reporter looking for recipes and any and all tales of cicada consumption. Pls email me at cicadawatch [AT] yahoo.com and bon appetit!
— Cameron Barr, Washington, DC



CICADA GEAR

Date: Wednesday, Apr/7/2004

Message: I just bought a shirt from WWW.CINCYCICADA.COM it is so funny. Check them out. The one I got reads..” CICADA Your Low Carb Alternative”
Many laughs from that one… — Bill, Ohio



Brood X in westchester?

Date: Wednesday, Apr/7/2004

Message: I was just wondering if this year’s 2004 brood x will be emerging in or around rye or westchester? Does anybody know a good place to see them? — Jasper, rye,ny



NETTING to stop Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Apr/7/2004

Message: try the netting from this company! It really works! (Also has bird repellent products).http://birdbgone.com/ultranet.htm — Anette, United States of America



Fear Not Billy!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/6/2004

Message: Cicadas are the salt of the earth. If it helps I have a couple good recipes. Don’t fear the reaper!! — Chrystal Moonshine, Haverford, North Carolina



I’m too young to die!!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/6/2004

Message: I was hardly born when the last attack occured, but I do remember waking up with bugs everywhere. My parents were from New York and we slept with all the windows open. Needless to say I now understand the term “bed bugs.” I’m terrified to leave my house out of fear that they’ll rise early. I know it’s only April, but I’m already wearing my bee keeper suit everywhere. Forget about going swimming because those two-inchers will devour us all. I’m paralyzed with fear…I’m too young to die!!!! — Billy Hughes, Bel Air, Maryland



CICADA GEAR

Date: Tuesday, Apr/6/2004

Message: GET YOUR CICADA GEAR ONLINE [AT] www.cincycicada.com
DON’T WAIT ANOTHER 17 YEARS GET YOUR GEAR NOW!!!!! — Dave, CINCINNATI, Ohio



To Rhodri Overseas

Date: Tuesday, Apr/6/2004

Message: So you were in my class, huh? And who might you be? I can’t imagine anyone would want to make a special trip from “overseas” just to see “C-Cader” (husband’s new nickname for the wretched creatures)wreak havoc on the city. To each his own, I guess. If you happen to have a change of heart (about traveling), I’m sure my husband would be happy to ship you a few; God knows I won’t be going to the post office! I can’t promise the lil’ suckers will still be buzzing, but they will be anatomically intact. Just a thought. — Lisa, Ft. Thomas, KY



Don’t worry Suzie, Loveland will have a “light” outbreak!

Date: Monday, Apr/5/2004

Message: This message is for Suzie. I lived in Loveland for 28 years & I remember we had a light outbreak in 1987. I expect this year will be about the same. Really nothing to worry about. Anywhere WEST of Interstate 75 is where the heavier emergence will be located. I feel sorry for any bikers traveling on the roads during the last week of May till the second week of June. lol — Roy T, Batavia, OH



Brood X Cicada

Date: Monday, Apr/5/2004

Message: Does anyone know if this awful 17 year Group of Cicadas will be seen in Paymyra, Virginia. It’s a town about 50 miles west of Richmond Virgina. I’m new to the area.ThanksDenise — Denise, Palmyra, Virginia



Cicada happenings

Date: Sunday, Apr/4/2004

Message: I am an editor at a travel magazine, and am working on a piece about cicada events this summer, when the bugs are expected to storm the East Coast. Please e-mail me if you know of any festivals that will, at least, have cicada-related activities, food, etc. My address is hmorgan [AT] ngs.com. Many thanks. — Heather, Washington, DC



Cicadas

Date: Sunday, Apr/4/2004

Message: Can anyone tell me how boad it was here 17 years ago?? Willl they swarm only between May and June or do we have the swarming all summer??
I don’t know these critters, I am from germany. — cornelia heckenbach, St.Michaels Maryland,Eastern Shore



HELP! New to Loveland Ohio

Date: Saturday, Apr/3/2004

Message: I am new to Ohio and somewhat of a bug phobe…. I am freaking about this cicada invasion… how do you know if they are to be in your exact area????? I have been told that the Hot Spot is west of 71, but I am sure that they can come East of 71 too… HELP! — Suzie, Loveland Ohio



netting

Date: Saturday, Apr/3/2004

Message: anyone know where I can buy some 1/4″ nylon netting to cover up some of my trees? — daryl, blanchester, oh



What’s in store…

Date: Saturday, Apr/3/2004

Message: I live in Oxford OH and work in Hamilton OH…Not sure what to expect…I know Cincinnati is a target for mass quantity but was curious how being a little north/west would be effected….Anyone know??? — Excitable, Butler County OH



Will Cicadas Be A Large Problem for Fundraising Run on June 13th in Maryland?

Date: Saturday, Apr/3/2004

Message: We have been organizing a 5K run/walk fundraiser for June 13, 2004 in Maryland. I never considered the Cicadas. Ofcourse we are having in a dense park around a lake. I am hoping from I read that by June 13th it should be winding down. Is this correct? To boot, we are planning a huge picnic in this park to follow the event. — Brian, Columbia, Maryland, USA



BEEKEEPER OUTFITS

Date: Friday, Apr/2/2004

Message: I WOULD LIKE TO GET A BEEKEEPER OUTFIT, ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN PURCHASE ONE. — ANGIE, CINCINNATI, OHIO



BEEKEEPER OUTFITS

Date: Friday, Apr/2/2004

Message: I WOULD LIKE TO GET A BEEKEEPER OUTFIT, ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN PURCHASE ONE. — ANGIE, CINCINNATI, OHIO



Cicada coming out to play

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: This cicadamania site rules! also check me out at www.cicada2004.com soon!! — Joe the Cicada, midwest



favorite

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: About a dozen years ago I was visiting a friend in San Antonio, who is in the moving business. It was break time so the labor crew of Vietnamese came around under the shade of some Arizona Ash trees. Cicadas were thick in the trees. The noise was so loud it was hard to talk. The Vietnamese slipped off their sandals scampered up the trees and caught dozens of cicadas. Then they ate them. I guess they are the cream filled crunchy kind. — Don Ainsworth, Houston, TX



Toads that sound like Cicadas

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: At least two speices of toads sound similar to the “Decim” species of periodical cicada. The American Toad that sings in early spring (now in mid latitudes) sounds like Decim when there are large concentrations in the distance. The Fowler’s Toad that sings in late spring sounds like individual Decim up closer. Main difference is the toads don’t have a drop in pitch at the end of a call the way the cicadas do.
— Eric, Missouri



Relatives

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: I have been living in PG County for 35 years. Get ready people. If you don’t like bugs this is not the place for you. These beatles are known to be enduring. While they don’t live long they definitely leave an everlasting impression. Once you here their mating call you will never forget it. Swarmmming is not uncommon during their presence. Many people have been known to shout “Help” — John Secada, PG County



upcoming invasion in cinti

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: Seventeen years ago I resided in the Queen City and I remember them being pretty thick while attending the Taste which runs Memorial Day weekend. Anyone remember “Snappy Cicada Pizza”?
A buddy of mine who lives there said the latest projected peak is around May 17-20.
— joebob59, S.E. PA


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