The Cicadas Are Coming Oh Wait, False Alarm.
I was visiting a friend's home in Ocean City, MD last month, and the warnings about the cicada apocalypse had us a little nervous. Who wants to see creepy crawlies emerging from the ground by the hundreds, after a 17 year nap? Not to mention the overwhelming noise they are supposed to create.
But we didn't see any. Not one.
They were also predicted to hit all along the East coast, including New Jersey and New York City.
So where are they? There have been spotty areas where they have awakened and crawled out to see what they missed in the last 17 years. But overall, the infestation has not lived up to the hype.
I'm relieved, because bugs give me the heebie jeebies. (I tore my bed apart earlier this week, convinced we had bed bugs. We did not. I am just neurotic.) It turns out that the more development an area has had in the last 20 years, the fewer cicadas there are. So while I'm not a huge fan of overdevelopment, at least that's one positive that comes from big box stores and housing developments.
Here's a litte more scientific explanation: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/06/cicadas-new-york-brood-II.html?mid=twitter_dailyintel