2024 is more than just a leap year, it's the year of a rare double-brood of cicadas.

Billions of cicadas are about to hit multiple Midwest and Southern states.  If you have never lived through the emergence of a cicada brood you are in for quite an unforgettable experience.  It's like the high-pitch version of being at a Lions home playoff game with one exception.  The loud noise isn't just when the other team has the ball.  The sound will be pretty constant for weeks.  Then there are the cicada shells that crunch below your feet whenever you walk outside.  It's far from pleasant.

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Having a double-brood of cicadas emerge like this hasn't happened in over 120 years according to NBC News,

This spring, two different broods of cicadas — one that lives on a 13-year cycle and the other that lives on a 17-year cycle — will emerge at the same time from underground in a rare, synchronized event that last occurred in 1803.

The question is, do Michiganders even have to worry about this crazy double brood of cicadas in 2024?  A small amount of cicadas may likely be seen and heard in the very Southwest corner of Michigan.  From New Buffalo to Edwardsburg and maybe Niles might experience cicadas.  It is still possible to see cicadas in other parts of Michigan.  However, the map provided by Cicada Safari shows us the areas where cicada invasions are almost guaranteed.  Illinois and Missouri are by far getting the worst of it.

Double-Brood Cicada Map for Spring of 2024
Cicada Map courtesy of https://cicadasafari.org/

States That Will Be Affected by Cicadas - Brood XIX Spring 2024

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee
  • Louisiana
  • Kentucky
  • Arkansas
  • Missouri
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Oklahoma

States That Will Be Affected by Cicadas - Brood XIII Spring 2024

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa

Michigan and Indiana may have almost completely dodged the cicada nightmare.  However, they didn't do so well with bed bugs.

These 50 US Cities are Crawling with Bed Bugs

Every year the pest control gurus at Orkin put together a list of the Top 50 Bed Bug Destinations in the United States. Which areas do you travel to that you should take extra care to watch out for these blood-sucking insects? Let's countdown to the most bed-bug-riddled city in the United States.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow

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