Georgia County Begs Residents To Stop Calling 911 Over 17-Year Cicadas

by Will Shepard
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The 17-year cicada hatch is certainly something to behold. Residents in a Georgia county are not thrilled with their arrival, though. Consequently, many people have been calling 911 to voice their concerns about the biblical-sized hatch.

But, the dispatch is very tired of these calls as there is really nothing that can be done about it. So, the county is asking its residents to please stop calling 911 about them.

The cicadas cycle is one of the more impressive things in the animal kingdom. Every 17 years, there is a massive hatch. This year, scientists are calling the hatch “Brood X.”

Georgia’s Union County Fire/Rescue and Emergency Management Agency took to Facebook on Sunday. In the May 23 post, they noted that they have gotten many calls about the bugs.

The post says that the alarm sounds that are worrying people are the sounds of the cicadas singing. These are happening all across the eastern United States and will continue throughout the summer.

“They also have a range of different sounds they can produce, making them some of the loudest of all insects. It is often difficult to pinpoint where the sound is coming from and can sound like a vehicle or home alarm system. Their song can be loud enough to cause hearing loss as they can produce sounds up to 120 (decibels),” the department wrote.

Georgia County Is Trying to Get People to Call 911 Less About the Brood of Cicadas

In this post, the Georgia County Fire Department asked its residents to do some detective work. They asked that people go try to find the alarm first before they call 911. This will be an important step in reducing the number of emergency calls made.

They also noted that the cicadas feed on sap and will not have a big impact on agriculture. However, they said that the 17-year Brood X may overwhelm small plants. Additionally, the Fire Response agency said that the insects will not sting or bite you. But, they might mistake you for a tree and land on you.

The cicadas are, as you can tell, out already. More importantly, they are in their mating season and will be around for roughly another full month. Afterward, the insects will return to their burrows for their 17-year hibernation.

As the Georgia county residents have learned, the cicadas singing is intense. The so-called singing is a way for the male insects to attract mates. According to the National Park Service, each species has its own unique song. Often they will come together to form a symphony and harmonize together.

Entomologists theorize that the incredible sound is also a protection mechanism for the cicadas. In particular, they say that it might hurt the ears of their predators.

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