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Cicadas are causing car accidents now

Thursday, June 10th 2021, 11:40 am - Another day, another cicada story.

After spending 17 years underground, billions of Brood X (Brood 10) cicadas have taken over 15 U.S. states. The insects are part of the genus magicicadas, a group that has an internal clock telling them to emerge from the ground every 13 to 17 years.

Experts expect Brood X to contain 1.5 million 17-year cicadas per acre, making appearances between Georgia and New York -- and with that many bugs crawling around, it's no surprise they're making headlines on a near-daily basis.

For the most part, cicadas are harmless and benefit the environment by pruning mature trees and aerating the soil.

But that's not to say they're completely innocent.

Take this story out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

According to police, a cicada caused a car accident after it flew through the window, hitting the driver in the face. Thankfully, nobody was injured but the car sustained significant damages.

People who are cursing the day the cicadas began their reign should fear not: they're typically only above ground for 5-6 weeks before they die out, but keep in mind that some cicadas will emerge later than others.

While cleaning up after hordes of cicadas is no fun task, they leave behind a parting gift of sorts. Their remains can be added to compost, filling it with nitrogen and helping to create high-quality soil for your garden.

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