Notes from the Newsroom
John I. Carney

Cicada watch

Posted Monday, May 9, 2011, at 2:08 PM
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  • we've seen their shells and live cicada's in our yard already... south side of town

    -- Posted by SLeMaster on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 2:31 PM
  • There everywhere here. The dogs are eating them. Between Shelbyville and Unionville.

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 2:34 PM
  • We walked Bell Buckle last night and one yard was just crawling with them! There's also a mailbox that has 20-30 along with the telephone pole next to it.

    -- Posted by neighborhood mom on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 3:12 PM
  • By the way, most of the poles we've seen with them on it, are also light poles. Not sure why that's making a difference, but we watched the procession of them on a side walk and that's where they were headed. Weird, cool and gross all at the same time!

    -- Posted by neighborhood mom on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 3:14 PM
  • North side of town along Main Street, my house is crawling with them.. as is the telephone pole, all trees, and there are a quite a few greasy spots in the road where they are getting run over. They haven't started making noise, yet, tho. I was in Tullahoma Saturday and didn't see any at all.

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 3:22 PM
  • I live near Heritage and we haven't seen any yet... thankfully!

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 3:55 PM
  • I have millions of them on my trees in the back yard, but only one tree in the front yard has any on it, maple trees. I live on the north side of

    Shelbyville, 231N, to be exact. Haven't heard them yet, but I'm sure I will soon.

    -- Posted by Poksalad on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 5:33 PM
  • We live about a mile outside of the Wartrace City limits on Knob Creek. The Cicadas are everywhere. They like certain trees more than others. They are more attracted to some areas of the yard for some reason. My Mom lives in the same area and she has one tree that has thousands of shells at the bottom and lots of live ones crawling up. We are sending pictures to News 2 because they asked for them earlier tonight. We have only heard an occasional sound from one or two. Thankfully, they are not loud, yet!

    -- Posted by Donnarda on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 8:57 PM
  • Two miles out of Bell Buckle, between BB and Wartrace and we have not seen the first one, nor heard them. I will try not to be hurt if they pass us by.

    Maybe our dog PITA is eating them as fast as they get here. If so, we finally found a good job for her.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 7:05 AM
  • South side of town, definitely. My house is covered with them. We've sprayed them off and they come right back the next day. I have pictures of them all over the front of my house. I can't stand it!

    -- Posted by candasons07 on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 9:07 AM
  • I don't have any problems with them...why do some people not like them? They don't damage anything...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 9:55 AM
  • We were at the Board of Education today and there were some on the sidewalk and steps, not very many, but some. But we still haven't seen any around my house yet.


    espoontoon, people don't like them because not only are they a nuisance, but they can damage small plants, bush, etc. That is why that encourage people to put netting on their plants to try and prevent damage.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 1:51 PM
  • YIKK< my son called me out to the oak tree in the front yard this morning while he was waiting for the bus,, the ground was seething with these red eyed yukkos!!

    -- Posted by 4fabfelines on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 2:25 PM
  • I'm in the El Bethel area and I can certainly hear them, but I've only seen a couple.

    -- Posted by cfrich on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 3:59 PM
  • i have heard a few pockets of them, and seen a few individuals, but nothing like the giant swarms of 1998. i am hoping they will be coming out in greater numbers soon. despite the predictable response of the feebleminded who wish to kill anything that moves, they are just one of the wonders god gave us the opportunity to appreciate. it is rather fun to look back over my life, and where i was at the emergence of each 13 year swarm.

    and no, they do no real harm. they are beneficial. they provide a food bonanza for all sorts of wildlife. they can neither bite nor sting. they do kill some small twigs when they lay their eggs... on trees; but trees lose countless small twigs every year and the larvae more than repay the favor as they burrow around aerating the soil for the next 12 years. not to mention the boost of fertility to the soil from their countless tiny bodies, once they have performed their mating rituals.

    i feel sorry for people who cannot appreciate the wonders around them.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 7:59 AM
  • That is kind of my way of thinking. They haven't harmed anything in the garden, and I liken their sound to frogs or crickets.

    I like how the media portrays this as an 'invasion'. I could see that if it were locusts or grasshoppers in the same numbers...

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 10:52 AM
  • I don't mind their noise; they are amazing little creatures. But the ones lying on the driveway and patio that are dead, or dying, are drawing ants (lots of them). I can't stand ants.

    -- Posted by ILoveRoses on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 1:18 PM
  • Some of us do appreciate the wonders around us, but it becomes a hassle when you can't even walk outside without one of these bugs flying on you or in your house, or you step all over them no matter where you're stepping because there are so many. I don't mind the sound at all. Please don't mistake my earlier comment as lack of appreciation for anything God has put on this Earth. I'd just rather they were all in the yard than all over the front of my house.

    -- Posted by candasons07 on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 4:14 PM
  • I left this morning, a few here and there (Unionville area) Got home this afternoon deafening - these things are weird......Till the last invasion I had never heard of them ( I'm wasn't born here) Nature is cool, the way they go dormant for all those years and come back is cool --- But sorry folks they creep me out ( as my grand son would say). Some lady was telling me about cookbooks for them I DON"T THINK SO !!!!! LOL


    I'm still having trouble with catfish, this idea will not be seen on my table anytime ever...... But it is fun to reference...

    -- Posted by wonderwhy on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 10:47 PM
  • I am afraid I could not find one recipe that changed my mind about eating them. In fact, the descriptions seemed to make it worse.

    I might try one already prepared but "marinating them alive" just does not seem right.

    Starting to hear them but as yet, no sightings around the house.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 7:15 AM
  • The only good thing about the "cookbook" is it would make a great conversation piece on a coffee table, Set it out and serve a crunch funny looking appetizer and see if there are any reactions. They were really loud yesterday afternoon and really coming out, but the rain seems to have quieted them for now by us. I forgot how loud they get. How long do they hang around?

    -- Posted by wonderwhy on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 8:04 AM
  • Very funny suggestion about the appetizers, wonderwhy. According to Ch. 2 news, the bugs should be here until mid June.

    -- Posted by ILoveRoses on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 9:58 AM
  • Thanks, but No Thanks for the appetizers , however, my dogs almost climbs the tree to get them. Yes, there was plenty of dog food in the dog feeder, but one dog loved them. They must not have any ill effects on her as she has been eating them for about l0 days. I thought for a couple of days they were gone as I did not hear or see any live ones, but this morning they are louder than ever and there are plenty of live ones everywhere. Maybe they kept quite during the cool, cloudy weather, at least they seemed to here.

    -- Posted by Poksalad on Thu, May 19, 2011, at 10:05 AM
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