Midwest cicada invasion coming...

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Midwest cicada invasion coming...

Postby bamawrly » Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:59 am

This may not go here but I figured it may be diet related.
Any ideas or thoughts on the cicada invasion coming this spring to the midwest. My biggest concern is the dog eating them. Has anyone experienced this issue? Does anyone know if eating them is a negative thing? (besides too many)
I can't seem to find anyone saying that they are issue to pets.

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Postby pblove » Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:32 pm

we had our last cicada invasion about 3 years ago.
some dogs love to chase them, step on them or squish them when caught,then that is the end of it.
some chase them, bite them, shake them, but spit them out
some dogs love to eat them, dead or alvie
I was out watching some squirrles one day, chasing them and even the squirrels were eating them!
Then they started having recipes on the local news on how to cook them for people to eat, not happenign here though! :headbang:
They are supposed to be high in protein.
I did not hear of any dogs getting sick from eating them.
They are harmless, jsut annoying when they get in your hair and come inot the hsoue on your clothes.
I did see quite a few dogs and cats running and trying to get away frm them too, it was funny to see!
The large masses aren't around more then 2 months, then you will see a few here and there another 2 months.

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Postby Deniselynn » Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:04 pm

I feel like a fool for being afraid of them! lol I know they are completely harmless but they are so creepy looking and their eyesight is so bad, I have had near misses with them almost flying in my face!

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Postby L Boogie » Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:31 pm

Oh man, that reminds me of the last huge cicada invasion...I was in like 7th grade...and it was like the 7 AND 10 year cycle for them (or however many years it is...) and they were EVERYWHERE. I used to ride my bike to the mall and they would fall out of the trees and hit me in the head. And you couldn't walk through the grass without getting at least 5 of them stuck to your shoes. It was awful. One of my neighbors opened her trunk to find thousands of dead cicadas. Ewwww I hate bugs.

I don't really see any harm in letting pets eat them...bugs are high in protein. :thumbsup:

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Postby MikeV » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:43 am

We don't have them here.

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Postby Meaghan Edwards » Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:05 am

I remember reading an article last year where some pets have had blockages from them, but I would think that'd be really rare. My old boy ate one (and a grasshopper) last year and he's still alive and kicking :)) I thought he was eating a toad at first though until I saw a wing drop out of mouth, which he ate with gusto :yucky: lol

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Postby Libby » Mon Apr 16, 2007 2:09 am

Ugh, this is giving me the creeps just thinking about it!!

Bugs in generally don't bother me, but thinking about them in large masses, swarming and crawling.....eh...*shudders*



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Postby Kahlie » Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:32 am

wow
I had no idea what anyone was talking about, had to google it
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but ok, I think I'd be a little uncomfortable with mass of them flying around. Love bugs. So long as they stay away from my "bubble zone" (arms length) lol

I feel for those that need to contend with them!

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Postby Deniselynn » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:01 pm

Ketra wrote:Ugh, this is giving me the creeps just thinking about it!!

Bugs in generally don't bother me, but thinking about them in large masses, swarming and crawling.....eh...*shudders*



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Postby BabyReba » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:17 pm

my dogs loved them. it was like a trip to the all you can eat buffet. :yucky:

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Postby aqha1962 » Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:19 pm

OMG, I HATE THOSE THINGS!!!!!!! :yucky:

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Postby mommy2kane » Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:24 pm

EWWW! I hate them!

Several months ago, there was one on the sidewalk. Kane nudged it with his nose and it started fluttering and flapping. At that point, it was on! Kane was so intrigued! I was just trying to get into my apartment and the stupid thing came in before I could shut the door! I was screaming bloody murder and Kane was chasing it around the house. Worst experience of my life! lol

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Postby pibbles and bits » Mon Apr 16, 2007 2:58 pm

you guys are making me squirm :crybaby: I don't like them because of their grasping hairy legs. :yucky:

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Postby aqha1962 » Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:36 pm

I told my husband about the upcoming "invasion". He said "well maybe they'll eat the Japanese beetles". roflmao

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Postby bamawrly » Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:57 pm

I also remember them when I was in high school, it was crazy. I remember driving past the forest preserves and not being to be able to see a couple cars ahead. I was like out of a movie...freaky. Kinda looking forward to it, in my area it only happens every 17 years.


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