Cicadas will be invading the East Coast this summer, making sleeping a little bit more difficult. Billions of the harmless, non-poisonous, non-biting but extremely loud and annoying insects have already began to crawl toward the East Coast, where they will remain four to six weeks.
"Like a scene from a horror flick, these creepy crawlers emerge from ground every 17 years to invade the mid-Atlantic," the Science Channel wrote on its website. "We found these Brood II Cicadas taking over the nation's capital. During the next few weeks, they will be emerging from their lengthy slumber to molt and mate. From North Carolina to Pennsylvania, little children and grown-ups alike will recoil in horror from the Cicada Invasion."
According to Mashable, the network installed a Cicada Cam in a terrarium so viewers could get an up close and personal view of how the incestuous insects are born, how they eat and how they live out their life cycle while taking a break from a hibernation that lasts nearly two decades.
So why are the cicadas numbers so high? Josh Clark, one of the hosts from the "Stuff You Should Know" podcast, first joked to the Huffington Post that "Cicadas definitely like to party," then on a seriously note he added, "Their sole purpose [of coming to the surface] is to procreate. What's interesting is that there are billions because so many get eaten -- they fill up the predators so they can't eat anymore."
Chuck Bryant, one of the other hosts from "SYSK," added that the adults will lay their eggs in trees and then die. "Their nymphs hit the ground, burrow into ground and latch onto a tree root, where they'll stay for another 17 years," Bryant said to the Huffington Post. Cicada noise has been measured to by 94 decibals in suburban areas, the news site wrote, which happens to be as loud as a lawn mower or a plane flying overhead.
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"You should probably stay inside if you don't like bugs," Clark said. "They don't bite, sting or carry disease. But they're really terrible at navigation and they tend to bump into people. They'll hit you in the face and bump your head."
See what the cicadas are up to by taking a look at the Cicada Cam below: