Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse…

Hey it’s Leslie Harris. We’ve been hearing about the Great Cicada Invasion for several months now. To reiterate, we are expecting billions of cicadas across our state this spring. It’s going to be loud!

And a lot of people get freaked out just by the way they look, and their sheer numbers. We’re going to see them everywhere.

I distinctly remember during the last invasion, they even got into my house. Now scientists are saying that they might even pee on us!

Cicadas drink so much plant sap every day that it equals 300 times their weight. So when they got to go, their urine can shoot out about 10 ft per second! They have the strongest urine stream of any animal their size. So yeah, in addition to everything else, we may get peed on by these little suckers. Fortunately, cicadas and their urine are harmless to us, but be sure to protect your young trees.

You know what? I don’t care. I know I am in the minority here, but I love them. I really do. I get excited whenever I hear the annual ones start to sing every summer. I also think it’s a great learning opportunity, especially for young kids.

How are you feeling about the Great Cicada Invasion? Let me know in the Facebook comments. And be sure to wear a hat.