Cicadaphobia

It's not exactly every 17 years!

May 8, 2013
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Empathizing in Limbo

Still in limbo here in Cicadaphobialand. Spring is really holding off this year and the soil temperature is still not warm enough for them to emerge en masse. This wait is excruciating and part of me would like to get it over and done with already! The mixed messages that the media has been sending aren’t helping, either. In the beginning, it looked like for my area this would be a true Cicadapocalypse, much along the lines of the emergence of Brood X in 2004. Then, some encouraging news started to appear, and it looked like the immediate Washington, DC metro area and parts of the neighboring counties would be spared. Now, more apocalyptic news is popping up and there have been reports of cicadas being seen or heard even inside the Beltway and in the city!

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May 2, 2013
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Looking at a Half-Empty Glass and Pruning

First of all, a huge thank you to Kita Murdock for being Cicadaphobia’s first contributor! I hope you enjoyed her post about Cecily Cicada and will consider getting her book for your entomophobic child or any child at risk of entomophobia in the areas that will be plagued with the Brood II cicadas this summer. Having suffered from this condition since I was born, I highly recommend you eradicate insect phobia in your children while they are still young and can fall under the charm of a sweet cicada nursery rhyme with cute and colorful illustrations. They will forever thank you (and Kita) when they grow up, I promise!

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April 29, 2013
by Kita Murdock
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Cecily Cicada

When I found out that the seventeen-year periodical cicadas were coming to Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2004, I immediately thought of my two-year-old daughter, Evie. She was terrified of bugs. She would beg to leave the playground if a tiny gnat landed on the slide. How would she react to billions of bugs emerging from the ground?

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April 28, 2013
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For the Sake of Blueberries, Peaches, and Nectarines

It’s the calm before the storm here in Cicadaphobialand. Coming home from work this past Friday, I counted about 20 cicada holes on the side of the street without trees. I couldn’t check on the holes on the other side because I’m no longer walking under the trees, unless there is no alternative. And when I do, I keep my umbrella open, rain or shine — better be safe than sorry!

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April 22, 2013
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Celebrating Earth Day Planning a “Cicadacide”

Many nature lovers will find this post to be ill-fitting for Earth Day (or any other day of the year, at that), but hey, desperate times call for desperate measures! For the record, I’m a nature lover myself. I love living by the woods and hiking and biking all around them in my free time. Yes, even with an extreme bug phobia. Every time I go off into the woods, I know I might run into a bug or two. If I do, I panic, but, in most cases, the bug isn’t interested in me and keeps following its flying or crawling trajectory, so I can avoid it by running away in a different direction. The worst that can happen is that I scare other hikers or bikers with my high-pitched screams.

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April 20, 2013
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United We Stand (Against Cicadas)

Since its inception less than one month ago, Cicadaphobia has gotten over 110 hits. Not too bad for a blog that so far hasn’t been advertised anywhere. The website stats show that most people land on this page after searching for “entomophobia” or “cicada phobia” and ways to treat this condition. A few readers have even emailed me to let me know that I’m not alone in this and they are also dreading the imminent emergence of the creepy critters.

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April 17, 2013
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Holes!

Yikes! Today I spotted cicada holes in the ground both at work and near home! While the holes at work are still a little questionable (could be rototiller holes from a few weeks ago, when gardeners were working to aerate and fertilize the soil), the holes near home can only mean one thing: they are waiting just a few inches under the ground to emerge!

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April 16, 2013
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A 2013 Halloween Hit — The Cicada!

As I was attempting to overcome my phobia by trying to draw them, I got this idea for a Halloween costume. Sure, all the buzz will have died down by October, but our winged, red-eyed enemies will still be remembered as one of the highlights (or “downlights,” depending on your point of view…) of the year. So, wear your fear and work it down the runway!

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April 13, 2013
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An Open Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States

Dear Mr. President,

I’ve been a fervent supporter of yours since your first presidential campaign. You ran on “hope” and “change” and you followed through, showing us that those weren’t just empty promises. Change is exactly what the US needs to progress, move forward and keep its place among the most developed countries in the world.

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April 10, 2013
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Imminent Emergence

Spring has finally sprung and the warmer temperatures only mean one thing: they will be out soon!

The WNYC Cicada Tracker map shows a red dot (64 degrees or more) near my area and closer locations have already reached 54 degrees. Ugh. Their emergence is really imminent!

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