The red-eyed bugs are especially active amid hot weather conditions that have swept the country in past weeks and residents of heavy cicada areas have taken note.
Although cicadas are not dangerous to humans, the bugs have reportedly been the cause of a few disturbances.
“Remember to keep your windows rolled up until our little red eyed friends are gone,” the department advised in a Facebook post, noting that historically there have been “several car crashes attributed to their presence.”
A shell of a Brood X cicada is seen on a tree on the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Reporters traveling to the United Kingdom ahead of President Joe Biden’s first overseas trip were delayed seven hours after their chartered plane was overrun by cicadas. The Washington, D.C., area is among the many parts of the country confronting the swarm of Brood X, a large emergence of the loud 17-year insects that take to dive-bombing onto moving vehicles and unsuspecting passersby. Weather and crew rest issues also contributed to the flight delay. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
“You may have noticed a lot of fuzziness (low reflectivity values) on our radar recently. The Hydrometeor Classification algorithm shows much of it to be Biological in nature,” the National Weather Service in Baltimore, Md. and Washington tweeted last weekend. “Our guess? It’s probably the #cicadas.”
However, opinions on whether cicadas are taking flight on or under the radar vary, according to forecaster AccuWeather.
The mayhem won’t last too long.
By July 4, adult cicadas will largely be gone, having successfully reproduced and each laid hundreds of eggs on tree branches.
After the eggs fall to the ground and hatch, the cycle will begin again.