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Henry's afraid of Cicadas!

I'm in New York State, and they're coming! The Cicadas! They've been hibernating for 17 years and now they are crawling around. It hasn't gotten bad yet - I've heard there will be millions of them literally making a carpet on the lawns and driveways. It's all very exciting. Except here's the problem - Henry has already seen a couple in the grass and now he's refusing to go outside! It's almost 1PM now and he still hasn't had his morning poop since he won't go out there in the land of bugs. Any suggestions dear Forum friends?

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hi Nancy, do you get that many at once. We never get enough to even see them. I know the one species lives underground for 17 years but don't they hatch every year some of them? Maybe you could go hunting, they would be yummy.

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lol. I heard they are delicious actually. But with butter and garlic, what isn't? They are supposed to come out - all at once - after 17 years. It depends where they hibernated to of course. If none crawled underground on your property then none will emerge. As I said, I now have a few - not an onslaught. But I'm waiting to see what happens. I'm telling you, nature is a bitch. Here in the country we spend our whole lives beating it into submission, trying to keep it from destroying our homes. In the city - where they just pave over it and call it a day - they get to go to theater. We get to go to Agway for mulch and snow shovels. Harnessed nature is a thing a beauty, but unleashed, it sucks! Thought of the day Dave!!!

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what IS a Cicada!???? sounds awfully creepy to me..... I love California. lol

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Poor Henry.... Weird bugs are scary to everybody.


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Here on the Cape, we had the 17 year cicada things about 2-3 years ago. Luckily the area where I am wasn't inundated with them but other parts of the Cape were and it was really awful. We actually took a ride one day to one of the towns that had a terrible infestation. They were so deep on the lawns that you could shovel them. They were also all over the siding on the houses and in all the trees. The racket that they made was deafening. Thank goodness they only come out every 17 years. Glad we were spared as I would have freaked out and stayed in just like Henry. Good luck with him. It's inevitable that he will have to relieve himself sometime. Yuk

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We're in the Piedmont of NC and have been inundated with the cicadas this year. They do come out of the ground every 17 years - all at once. Outside now, from about 5:30 am to dark they are soooo loud. The dogs have been eating them like crazy! I asked the vet about it and she said it's just extra protein in their diet. My bigger non Havs will catch them in the air as they fly by or stretch as high up on a tree trunk as they can to pick them off. Little Leo will catch one on the ground sometimes and play with it as a cat will a mouse until he kills it and then he will eat it! The dogs LOVE all the extra flying snacks they are getting. I will be glad to see the cicada cycle head back under ground. Our backyard looks as though it has been aerated!

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We had a cicada inundation a couple years ago. My cat caught tons. My Hav ate some partially impaired ones that my cat hadn't gotten around to killing yet. He wasn't too scared of them though, but didn't dare approach them until they were nearly flightless. On walks, he didn't seem to mind too much - wish I had some advice!
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Ah Cicadas. I haven't seen any in CA, but when I visited China, I got very familar with them.

They are docile, but about the size of two adult human thumbs, or at least the ones I saw.

They were every where in the city I was visiting in China, Dalian, a sea side city.

They have a distinct mating call.

To desensitize your dog to the Cicada, I'd catch one and let him come up and smell it on his own terms.
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We are thinking of going to Maine - Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, next week after Memorial Day, driving from upstate NY. Will the bugs be too much there to ruin the trip?
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