As Hack Manhattan regulars are well aware, the Brood II 17-year cicadas return to the region this year, and everyone should be prepared. It’s true that they haven’t been reported in New York City since 6 cycles ago in 1911, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
New York Magazine has some helpful tips:
Avoid midday lawn mowing.
Cicadas can confuse the sounds of lawn mowers and other power tools for mating calls.
Nap with earplugs.
Cicadas are most active during the day, when their chirps can reach the decibel levels of a jackhammer.
Make cicada pesto.
Cicada chef Jenna Jadin recommends trying the newly hatched cicadas, called tenerals, which are the most delicate and flavorful.
Don’t forget to report your cicada sightings to Radiolab!