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New Jersey braces for
once-in-17-years cicada invasion

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 4/7/2013 10:10:12 PM

Bridgewater, N.J. - Like clockwork, they´re coming back -- after 17 years. "They" would be cicadas, the big, noisy bugs that climb out of the earth about every decade and a half to make everyone´s life more exciting. Experts tell Gannett News Service that the bugs live underground and feed off fluid that gathers near the roots of plants, then emerge from the soil when its temperature reaches 64 degrees. They´re largely harmless, but their sheer numbers can cause headaches. Some areas could see as many as a billion of the cicadas per square mile. That can lead to a lot of dead bugs all over roadways

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Let US see how much Christy asks for government aid to attack this noise pollution.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Ribicon, 4/7/2013 10:36:32 PM     (No. 9264531)

A plague of locusts; fitting.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Elvira, 4/7/2013 10:44:25 PM     (No. 9264545)

They´re also coming out here in DC soon. Ugh!! I was pregnant with my son in 1987 (the time before last) and it was all I could do not to barf walking over these things on the sidewalks of NW!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mitzi, 4/7/2013 10:45:59 PM     (No. 9264546)

#1 - that was my first thought when I saw the headline.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: oh-heck, 4/7/2013 11:04:30 PM     (No. 9264565)

Is 17 years enough for preparation? Or is NJ going to be ready or surprised? Will the quantities be unexpected?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: SiliconValleyDude, 4/8/2013 1:53:03 AM     (No. 9264657)

"It´s Bush´s fault."

I presume that poor women and children will be hurt the most.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: suedotsue, 4/8/2013 2:29:02 AM     (No. 9264664)

I remember riding my bike to school in Westfield, New Jersey with these bugs covering every square inch of every tree and emitting a constant ringing sound.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: DoktorFranken, 4/8/2013 2:31:57 AM     (No. 9264666)

Between "Jersey Girls", "Jersey Shore", and the usual group of misfits there, how would anyone ever noticed that they have been infested?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Spidey, 4/8/2013 3:30:40 AM     (No. 9264676)

Yeah,they´ll claim the numbers were higher than expected due to climate change.

Somehow,they´ve already figured out tree and plant pollen is worse due to climate change.Remember the news person who asked with a straight face if the surge in asteroids is related to climate change.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Sfacheem, 4/8/2013 6:27:14 AM     (No. 9264713)

The "17-year Cicada", AKA "Brood X" infiltrated our area only 8 years ago. Unless they´ve decided that wasn´t it after all these years, the timing is quite "off" for this news story. By my count they´re 7 or 8 years too early.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: udanja99, 4/8/2013 8:34:26 AM     (No. 9264917)

#9, as I understand it, there are a couple of different groups of cicadas which aren´t on the same schedule. Here in the DC area we had a hatching about 10 years ago and we´re now due for another.

If you live in a recently developed area you probably won´t see many - digging foundations for houses and moving earth to change the landscape kills them underground.

I actually like them and have numerous china, jade and wooden ones in my house. They´re very cool looking insects. In France it´s considered good luck to have one in your house - kind of like the Chinese are about crickets.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Dragonslayer2, 4/8/2013 9:03:02 AM     (No. 9264961)

Them cicaders is good eatin´.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: stymie82, 4/8/2013 9:48:44 AM     (No. 9265058)

There is a cicada-killer wasp. If you´ve never witnessed a mid-air dogfight between the wasp and the noisemaker-you haven´t lived. Nature (God) is fascinating.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 4/8/2013 10:08:51 AM     (No. 9265090)

Here in NE Ohio we aren´t due until 2016.

These things are so creepy with their high-pitched sound and orange eyes. Yuck!

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