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Should I Avoid The Cape This Summer?

6/11/2008 07:00:00 AM
I'm looking for input from folks that either live on the Cape, or have been there already so far this season. My question for you is this: how bad is the cicada situation? I ask because it was front page news in the Globe this week.

Insects known as periodical cicadas are emerging from underground haunts for a final hurrah - a nearly monthlong orgy of come-hither songs, mating, and laying eggs - before dying and leaving their progeny behind to begin anew the curious and highly unusual 17-year growth period.

"We're thinking about moving to Boston to live with my daughter!" joked Jeanne Duchemin, of Mashpee, who recalls the inundation of the red-eyed bugs during their last appearance. "They were on the cars, hanging from the trees. They are just a nuisance, but they are horrible."

How bad has the situation gotten already? And how bad do you think it'll get? I usually head down to the Cape for at least a day trip or two during the summer, but I will forgo it this year depending on what ya'll think. After all, I'll have the next 17 years to make up for it before they emerge again.

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3 Response to "Should I Avoid The Cape This Summer?"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    It depends on where you visit - they'll be less prevalent the further you get out.

    But I don't get the fuss. They're just cicadas... not locusts! They make a lot noise - but that's it.

    Posted on 6/11/08, 9:21 AM

     
  2. Gigi Said,

    Cicadas are the most annoying things. I lived in the Maryland / DC area for several years and down there the cicadas are HUGE and they make a horrible sickening crunchy grinding sound and feeling if you step on them. And then tend to fall out of the sky a lot and thunk you off the head. Not pleasant. But I don't know if the Cape ones are as bad as the Southern ones.

    Posted on 6/16/08, 9:44 AM

     
  3. Anonymous Said,

    The lower Cape area is fine. I've gone the last few weekends and haven't come across any. But I've heard the upper Cape (Sandwich, Falmouth area) has the largest problem.

    Posted on 6/18/08, 1:51 PM

     
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