how will cicadas affect PKI,HW,SFKK the next month?

Thursday, May 13, 2004 4:31 AM
I was wondering what the parks are going to do? How will affect amusement goers?
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Thursday, May 13, 2004 6:36 AM
I was wondering the same thing. It seems like it could be a bit painful hitting those things while riding a coaster....
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Thursday, May 13, 2004 6:47 AM
Not much you can do with them. They come out of the ground after 17 years, fly around and cause all kind of noise and mess. They mate, lay their eggs into the ground, and die. What a life. lol.

I remember them last time around. Ugh. I am going to invest in some earplugs this summer.

-Tina

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 7:11 AM
Didn't we already discuss this a few weeks back?

Anyway...we have folks on staff who were here 17 years ago. They say there wasn't a cicada outbreak locally back then. Since it wasn't a problem then, we don't anticipate a problem this year.

My husband's a farmer (we live about 8 minutes from the park) and he also says there wasn't a problem back then.

I'm sure the buggers will be dreadful wherever they appear. We just don't expect them here in Santa Claus.

If we're wrong...what the heck: Free Unlimited Cicadas! :)

Paula

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 8:09 AM
Don't buy into the nonsense hype in the news. Different species of these buggers pop up every year. Entemologists are just excited because this is the slightly bigger and noisy kind.

Cedar Point deals with midges and mayflies every year, and I can assure you that's far worse. Somehow, the park manages to get through it.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 9:00 AM
Cedar Point deals with midges and mayflies every year, and I can assure you that's far worse.

no, it's really nothing compared to the cicadas.

jeff, i was around for the last invasion, and trust me, this is not just media hype. in the washington DC area, at least, they are EVERYWHERE. all over everything. it's loud, yes, because there are something like 1 million cicadas per acre of land. it is nasty and disgusting. i dont remember going to PKD that year, but i wouldn't wait for the front car on hypersonic =) *** Edited 5/13/2004 1:02:07 PM UTC by pezpunk***

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 9:13 AM
While I agree a mayfly and a Ciccada are two totally different bugs (Size)

The question is, What can you do about it?

Nothing, They will be gone by July 4th and not every area gets them.

Last time they were in cincinnati, They weren't 30 miles North in Middletown, However they did apear the next year in Middletown.

I say, Go ride and have fun, A Ciccada can't feel no where near as bad as that bird that hit me in the hand in Beast Tunnel :)

Chuck, who says it's not the end of the world that the media makes everything apear to be.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 9:16 AM
The guy at my local nursery told me not to worry about them, at least in the city. He said it's in the outlying areas where they might become a problem to trees and such.
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Thursday, May 13, 2004 10:34 AM

Raven Maven said:


If we're wrong...what the heck: Free Unlimited Cicadas!


Wow... can't beat that deal!

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 10:38 AM
I'm saying! Is there *anything* Paula can't market? :)

I remember cicadas from living up North, but I can honestly say they are the ONE bug we're not bothered (bugged?) by...of course, it's ALMOST lovebug season here, and there's not enough windshield washer fluid on EARTH to clean up after those messy things...

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 11:04 AM
Paula,

Will deep fried battered chocolate cicadas be available at stands alongside the fried oreos and Snickers bars throughout the park?

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 11:09 AM
Believe it or not, you could get fried crickets at the Ohio State Fair last year.
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Thursday, May 13, 2004 11:21 AM
The areas supposed to get hit the hardest are MD, DC, Southern PA, and VA. In those locations you will see up to a million of the cicadas per acre, in fact, they have just started to come up out of the ground and are suppose to be in full swing within a week or two. Parks like Hershey, SFA, PKD, and BGW will see the worst of it. The cicadas don't bite and they don't sting, but they are big clumsy flyers. They tend to be at their worst during the warmest parts of the day.
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Thursday, May 13, 2004 12:35 PM
LOL good thing S:ROS is closed....it's sort of like a blessing in disguise type thing,I know I wouldn't want to hit those suckers doing 70 MPH that's for sure.

So far I have yet to see any of the little buggers in my backyard or immediate area but I'm sure they'll be out in full force in no time...I've been hearing quite alot of rustling & tapping in the backyard lately so maybe they're finally starting to show up here.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 12:40 PM
As I recall from the last invasion, the cicadas don't really fly much. Mostly, they just crawl up tress. When they do fly, they make short low hops. While it might smart to hit one at the bottom of the first hill, I suspect it is unlikely that you will actually have this happen.
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Thursday, May 13, 2004 12:43 PM
Tina sez: "They come out of the ground after 17 years, fly around and cause all kind of noise and mess. They mate, lay their eggs into the ground, and die."

Considering my love life that doesn't sound half bad ;)

Chuck sez: A Ciccada can't feel no where near as bad as that bird that hit me in the hand in Beast Tunnel"

Well Chuck, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush!

Paula sez: If we're wrong...what the heck: Free Unlimited Cicadas! ;)

LOL Paula...FUNNIEST POST OF THE YEAR!

mOOSH [kidding with the love life comment]

*** Edited 5/13/2004 4:45:00 PM UTC by Mamoosh***

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 1:10 PM
Everything you could possibly wanna know is listed on this website.. with a little humor thrown in for good measure too. ;)

http://www.cicadamania.org/faq.html

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 1:19 PM
this thread has officially given me the heebie-jeebies...ewwwwww

...but I remember the last outbreak of the 17 year cicadas in Illinois and I don't remember it being a big deal...I kind of liked the sound of them...I just don't wanna see 'em.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 2:49 PM
Actually, this year's brood, brood X ("The Big One") doesn't get as far south as PKD, or anywhere close to BGW. Unless the brood expanded its borders 17 years ago don't worry about those two parks. SFA, Hershey, and perhaps SFGadv may be a different story, though.

http://insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/fauna/michigan_cicadas/Periodical/BroodX.html

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 2:53 PM
I wouldn't worry about them at CP either, Mantis will eat them all.

pwn3d!!!2!1one

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