- A cicada caused a car accident in Cincinnati by blowing it in the face of a driver.
- The Cincinnati police reported the accident, stating, “Nothing good happens to cicadas”.
- Fortunately, the driver suffered only minor injuries.
The time has come. Brood X-cicadas have shown full strength in the eastern United States and have made their presence known primarily in Washington DC, Baltimore, Maryland, and Cincinnati, Ohio, according to Mount St. Joseph University’s Cicada Safari Map. And they are causing trouble.
Skinning and leaving clams is one thing, constant deafening screeching is another – but when a cicada causes a literal car accident it turns from a nuisance to a safety issue.
Yes, you’ve read that correctly. On Monday in Cincinnati, one of the red-eyed guys flew in the face of a driver, whereupon he swerved and hit a power pole. The Cincinnati police tweeted about the accident using the hashtag #nothinggoodhappenswithcicadas.
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Fortunately, the driver suffered only minor injuries – bruises from the seat belt and airbags, according to People – but the car was damaged quite badly, with the right side of the hood almost removed. Fortunately, the officers were kind enough not to quote the driver.
A story like this is not unknown in intermittent emergencies like Brood X, who arrived underground after 17 years to mate, lay eggs, and feast on trees, and will return in another 17 years.
Indeed, this week the insects disrupted the President’s operations and filled the engine of Joe Biden’s press plane that was to follow him to Europe. The invasion resulted in the need for a whole new aircraft and pilot, according to the New York Times, which resulted in significant delays. According to The Washington Post, some swarms of cicadas in DC are dense enough to be detected by weather radar.
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If you’re wondering how much longer you’ll have to trudge through daily activities like this at Brood X’s expense, we’re sorry to have to tell you that the insects have at least two to three weeks off the ground.
The first of the group were spotted in late May, and experts say they can live up to six weeks old. “By early July, we can expect most of them to be gone,” Chad Gore, Ph.D., an entomologist and market technical director for Ehrlich Pest Control, told Prevention.com.
Your bags will be packed just in time for the annual cicadas to take over, which will last through August and early September.
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