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They're coming! And creating quite...the buzz

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Ready or not, they're on the way. And they're creating quite...the buzz.

This group only comes once every seventeen years. Some are calling it an invasion.

They're cicadas! And they're about to have a big 'ol family reunion.

"You'll find there are many types of cicadas, ones that come around every year, ones that come around every 13 years, and this is the year of the 17 year cicadas," explained Phillip Schutt, a Biology instructor at Pitt Community College.

Every 17 years the massive group of grubs makes their way from the dirt into the trees.

All to live…quite the life.

"They'll come out all at once, mate, and then die," Schutt said.

So what brings them out?

"Generally it's based on soil temperature. When the soil temperature is about 64 degrees that's what is going to trigger the larvae to come out," explained Schutt.

Plus, there's no doubt you'll hear when they're here.

"It's the loudest animal in the world. They can reach decibels of up to 100 decibels. They're very loud," said Schutt.

While you can't avoid them entirely, unless you stay inside, there are things you can do to protect your plants.

"If you're worried about your plants you can get cheese cloth or mosquito covering and cover your tender plants or tender trees," explained Dawn Mobley, a manager at Lowes Home Improvement.

If you must get rid of them, there are always insecticides.

"You can make sure you treat your bushes and your trees and that will get rid of them," she said, "but of course we don't want to kill nature we can just sit and listen."

If they're too loud you can buy earplugs, or if you really want to come out of your shell, some say they also make a great snack.

Fried Cicada anyone? Here's a recipe.

In the end there's nothing to fear, "you really don't have to worry about being bitten or hurt by these guys," explained Schutt.

The Cicadas will only be buzzing around a few months, that is, until the next 17 years.

"They start emerging probably late April, and then we expect them to start hatching out of their exoskeleton probably early June. The last ones will be dying off by mid July," said Schutt.

Experts expect the cicadas to mostly affect the northern part of the state.

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