13 Photos That Show the Chaos of Billions of Cicadas Emerging After 17 Years In The Ground

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Bugs aren’t exactly our favorite thing, but they are a fact of life. Usually we’re okay with them as long as they stay outside and don’t bite us. If they leave us alone, then we’ll leave them alone too.

While we can easily ignore bugs like bees as long as we don’t get too close to the roses, we have to prepare ourselves to deal with other pests, like mosquitos. It’s okay. We know the drill. Bug spray and citronella candles are our friends.

Bees and mosquitoes are among the bugs that we see every year. We’re used to them. Then there are cicadas.

Cicadas are unusual. Unlike most other bugs, they aren’t something we see every year. In fact, they have been living underground for the past 17 years. If you’re old enough and if you live in the eastern half of the United States, you may remember seeing them almost 2 decades ago.

Cicadas are back. They have emerged from the ground, and it is full on mating season. There are billions and possibly even trillions of cicadas in the eastern United States right now, and if you’re skittish around bugs, it might be a little bit terrifying.

People are sharing pictures of what these swarms of cicadas look like, and in some cases, children are scared to play outside because of them. If it makes you feel any better, you can rest assured that cicadas are harmless. They won’t bite you or sting you. It’s just a little disturbing seeing so many bugs that we’re not used to seeing and seeing them pretty much everywhere.

If you don’t have cicadas where you live, scroll down to see some pictures of what this infestation looks like and be glad you’re not experiencing it. If you do have cicadas outside your home, these pictures might reassure you that you’re far from the only one experiencing this phenomenon right now.

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