Cicadas swarm Abbeville County, South Carolina

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CAROLINA. WELL, IF YOU’RE HEARING KIND OF A LOUD, SING SONGY CONTINUOUS SOUND OUTSIDE, IT ALWAYS GO LIKE THIS TO YOU. YEAH, YOU HAVE TO MOVE TO IT. YOU DEFINITELY HAVE TO DANCE TO IT. YEAH, MAYBE LIKE A LAWN MOWER SOUND OR SOMETHING THAT YOU’RE DANCING TO. THE BIGGEST GROUP OF CICADAS. TWO GROUPS AT THE SAME TIME, HATCHING ALL ACROSS THE NATION AND INCLUDING SOUTH CAROLINA. BUT ARE THESE BUGS DANGEROUS, OR ARE THEY JUST A NUISANCE? HOW LONG WILL THEY BE HERE? A LOT OF QUESTIONS ARE PEYTON FURTADO HAS THE ANSWERS LIVE IN DUE WEST, PEYTON. YOU CAN HEAR THEM. YEAH, YOU CAN HEAR THEM. YEAH, BECAUSE THEY’RE SWARM ING THE TOWN OF DUE WEST. IF YOU TAKE A LOOK WITH ME, THEY ATTACH THEMSELVES AND SHED ON THESE PLANTS. JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE. AND THAT’S NOT GOING TO END ANYTIME SOON. LOVE IS IN THE AIR. AND SO ARE CICADAS. THAT’S A LOT OF SCREAMING. THEY GET AS LOUD AS A LAWNMOWER RUNNING THE FOUR WINGED ONE INCH INSECT, CAUSING A BUZZ IN ABBEVILLE COUNTY AS TRILLIONS HATCH ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST AND MIDWEST TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 220 YEARS, THEY’RE IN THE TREES. THEY’RE IN THE BUSHES. HEY, THEY’RE EVEN ON ME AT THIS POINT. THEY’RE JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE. THE CONSTANT HUM GARNERING MIXED REACTIONS AT DUE WEST RENAISSANCE, SENIOR LIVING. I THINK I’M IN THE MINORITY, BUT I SORT OF LIKE IT. I THINK IT’S KIND OF CHARMING. SHE’S CRAZY. I WISH THEY WOULD GO AWAY NOW. IT’S THE FIRE DEPARTMENT COMES DOWN HERE, THEY CAN SPRAY THE TREES AND RUN THEM OFF. SO WHY ARE THEY ALL COMING UP NOW FOR THAT ANSWER, WE DECIDED TO GO STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE. NOTICE ME, NOTICE ME. I’M HERE. EACH ONE OF THESE MALES IS JUST. THEY’RE PUTTING EVERYTHING THEY HAVE INTO FINDING A FEMALE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR GENETICS CONTINUE THROUGH THE BLOODLINE. HUNTER TAYLOR WORKS FOR THE CLEMSON COOPERATIVE EXTENSION IN ABBEVILLE COUNTY. YOU’RE TELLING ME THEY’RE TRYING TO GET LUCKY? BASICALLY, HE SAYS, COUNTLESS TINY PICKUP ARTISTS EMERGE EVERY 13 YEARS HERE IN OUR REGION, USING THE SOUND TO ATTRACT A MATE. THEY SHOULDN’T HURT YOUR PLANTS TOO MUCH, AND THEY WON’T BITE OR STING. BUT AND IT’S JUST GOING CONTINUE GETTING LOUDER. UNFORTUNATELY, UNTIL THAT POINT, UNTIL EARLY JUNE, HE SAYS, OH, I DON’T THINK I CAN HOLD OUT THERE. IN JUNE. YEAH, EARLY JUNE. I’M SORRY ABOUT THAT. BRENDA. THEY’RE HATCHING EVERYWHERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA, NORTH CAROLINA, ALL THE WAY UP TO WISCONSIN RIGHT NOW. AND WE’RE TOLD THAT THERE COULD BE AS MANY AS 1.5 MILLION CICADAS IN JUST ONE ACRE OF LAND. LIVE IN

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