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Kentucky Residents Burrowed Underground For Seventeen Years Emerge!

 The other night as I was driving back home through the country in Fayette County, I started to hear the sweet sounds of the bugs of summer. It made me smile as I drove along.

 Ahhhh....summer is finally here, I thought. You know the bugs that sing loudly and remind you of the deep South. Sultry nights on the veranda of your plantation.  

 These are Cicadas.

  The other night I was showing a farm in lower Madison County way off Red Lick Rd.

I was walking around checking out the front yard and there were small holes in the dirt...EVERYWHERE!

Usually, when I see holes in the ground here it is from crawdads or snakes. I keep my comments to myself if I am with a client so I don't alarm them. You never know what they may be fearful of. Kentucky is a plethora of insects and critters.

 These guys(not my clients) had exited from underground burrows and were singing loudly from the trees.

 More than one local has commented lately that they stay in the ground 17 years then come out and stay around eating everything for many days. Then they die.  In North China cicadas are skewered or stir fried as a delicacy. YUM! I think they ate them on Survivor once.

 Today, I was out with my clients and as I was in the front yard of the listing, I noticed that they had covered the bark of a tree. All over the trunk. We all got closer to inspect them till we realized they were all buzzing around. (Hundreds of them!)Franticly, we ran for our vehicles before they got in with us.

 As I started turning my car around I felt one in my hair then it fell down the back of my shirt! I stopped my car sideways right in the street and jumped out like my pants were on fire! That bug got so scared that he let go of my back and ended up on my front seat.

 I didn't waste a moment flipping his ass out of there. From then on my skin was crawling and I still felt there were still some attached. My head still itches every time I relive the moment. 

 I've been told they will be here a little bit longer. You never know what some of these locals will tell you!

 

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Lizette Fitzpatrick - Baby Boomer Real Estate Relocation Specialist with Prudential Don Foster in Richmond, Kentucky.

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Comment balloon 38 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • June 05 2008 04:57PM

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That is good. We get them here too, and they are real noisy, so noisy you can't go outside till they are gone and they leave a huge mess of dead bodies. Yuch!

Posted by Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management) about 10 years ago

They are an amazing creature.  Thanks for the post.

Posted by Adam Brett, The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest (The Adam and Eric Group) about 10 years ago

If only we were there to see you jumping around!  You left out one part of the life cycle.... They also get together with the opposite sex so the cycle will start all over again..

Thank you for the mental picture of you jumping up and down, It truly brought a smile to my face!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) about 10 years ago

Dennis - I am amazed just how LOUD they really are. Especially if there are hundreds in one tree!

Adam - They are unique for sure. Glad I don't have to see them for too much longer.

Robert - You would have died laughing. I would have thought it funny if they were on you! lol

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Lizette, I am STILL Laughing!  It isnt the jokes on the rain, its the true to life stories that make it all worthwhile.... and if you cant have fun while you are doing it, there is not much of a point!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) about 10 years ago

Robert - Amen to that! I always try to have fun while I work. Life should be fun while we have to live in it.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Lizette, I have experienced the Cicada's before in Southern Utah -- there is nothing like them -- they are so loud, it is quite incredible, although, I must say, If I was shut up for 7 years I probably would have a lot to say too.

Posted by Julianna Hind, REALTOR, 206-679-4768, Tacoma Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, WA (eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

Julianna - That's pretty funny!!! I'd like to hear what you would have to say!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

ahhhhh. yuck.  One time I was with a client in a bank repo and I swear that spiders were falling in my hair.  She kept telling me to watch out because there were so many cobwebs.  This lead us into a conversation about all sorts of bugs from cockroaches to maggots.  We were so creeped out by the end of the day we swore things were crawling on us!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) about 10 years ago

Jumping out of the car... easy to picture and relate to!  Cicadas aren't terribly frightening but like you, I don't want one on me. 

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 10 years ago

Hey,  those laughing the loudest probably haven't had the bugs fall on them!    It is somewhat irrational,  I know,  to fear something that we are so much larger than,  but Fear is there when creepy and crawly things are near me.   Oh,  and don't forget the dreaded lizards!

 

Posted by Connie King about 10 years ago

Good morning Lizette -- excellent post! I now have this cartoon in my head about this incident unfolding and I can't stop grinning. Thanks for the giggles and enjoy your day. Regards, Carolyn.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Lizette, I took this picture when I was in Kentucky last week.

kentucky state bird

 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Cristal - I have had that happen before. It scared me to death!

Susie - I'm ok with bugs and snakes as long as I see them first. No surprises.

Connie - I agree about the lizards. I sure don't want them crawling on me.

Carolyn - Glad I could make you laugh today! My dog Chanel makes me laugh as soon as she wakes me up each day. Got to laugh to stay sane!

Charles - They sure are ugly!!!!!

 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Wow-- what a great shot! My kids are animal and bug crazy so I guess a little of it is rubbing off on Mama (lol). The first thought that actually popped into my head was, "this would make a great painting or postcard..." Too cool!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

You had me, Thanks god, I thought it was your seller, LOL, wondering what the house looked like! Yes, we have them up this way too, very noisy bugs, very strange life for a bug.

Posted by Mary Strang about 10 years ago

Lizette~ I really hate the cicadas.  I was showing a home in a neighborhood about 3 years ago that had such an infestation it sounded like a hundred chainsaws.  Needless to say, the buyers wouldn't even look at the house!

Posted by Lisa Ryan, Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town (Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty) about 10 years ago

Carolyn - Just let me know where I can send your kids some of my bugs. They are driving me crazy!

Mary - I have never seen so many of these in my lifetime. They get all over my car when I am on the highway. Quite a mess each day to clean off the windshield on grill.

Lisa - These are as loud as that. They have flown in my hair and that freaks me out! Today they were so loud outside my house I thought I was going mad.  THey quieten down in the evening to sleep i guess. They are the loudest in the late afternoon.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Yuck...  Thanks now I feel like something is crawling on me.  Did I say Yuck already?

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) about 10 years ago

Hey Lizzette, would you please repost this at Club Chaos? I love this story. Too funny! Regards, Carolyn.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

For noise, we just have crickets and frogs -- pretty darn loud at night.  Oh, and the coyotes, Three were under my window last week and would not go away.  We were up for a couple of hours.  At least they aren't known to get stuck in one's hair!

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Partners Trust Real Estate) about 10 years ago

I know it was not funny to you, but it is a very funny story.  We get the cicadas too some years, and they always manage to get in the house!  I hope you are feeling calmer soon.

Posted by Marie Meyer, Orange County New York Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

Debbie - Yuck isn't bad enough for these critters. I will be very old when they decide to revisit. I won't miss them!

Carolyn - Here it is. Enjoy my misery.

Elaine - I could deal with those. I actually thought I was going to go insane for a few day because they were so loud outside. The noise was deafening!

Marie - As many as there were and there were gazillions...not one got in my house, Thank GOD!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

But wait, Lizette, when I moved to the Berea area 5 in 2004 it was "the 17 year" noise infestation. I took a master gardener course and found out that every year it's a different set of cicadas emerging, some 17 year, some not. All ugly and noisy.

Yuucckkk, have been able to stop showering?

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 10 years ago

But wait, Lizette, when I moved to the Berea area 5 in 2004 it was "the 17 year" noise infestation. I took a master gardener course and found out that every year it's a different set of cicadas emerging, some 17 year, some not. All ugly and noisy.

Yuucckkk, have been able to stop showering?

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 10 years ago

Aren't they something else?  I remember them in Washington DC!  Uugh!

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (RE/MAX Paramount Properties) about 10 years ago

Hey sweetie, we're throwing a virtual party for Leesa at Club Chaos tonight. Hope you can make it (we're jacking her blog - LOL). The roast/toast should be fun. "See" you later. Enjoy your day. Regards, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Mike - I agree there may be different relatives that visit in different years. This is the first time I can ever remember them being here like in the movie "Grapes of Wrath!"

Jim - They really freak me out when they land on me!

Carolyn - Be nice to her! You never know who reads stuff here.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Lizette, I will be on my best behavior. I Promise. She really is a sweetie. See you there. Regards, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

When I had my first apartment I was sleeping soundly and was woke up by one of those things in my bedroom.  I turned on the light and there it was.  I yelled, ran out of the bedroom, and slammed the door.  I spend two days on the couch until a friend came over and went in looking for it.  By then it was dead.  Not really sure how it got in though, the windows were closed? 

Posted by Chad Baird (Re/Max Spirit) about 10 years ago

I'm sorry, Chad, but I'm LMAO!  That picture in my mind is too funny!

 

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Partners Trust Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Oh Chad, too funny! You reminded me of what happened with my attorney girlfriend a few weeks ago when you refused to go in there to sleep.

She came home one day to discover a huge bug planted in her living room near her important papers. Shocked at its size and appearance, she promptly streaked out of her apartment, ran across the street and rang my doorbell. As soon as I opened the front door she starting yelling that we had to come kill it. There was this HUGE creature in her living room and she needed help. So here I am, standing in my underwear trying to get her to enter my apartment while she's pacing back and forth across the threshold telling this story about this bug as if she were channeling Mark Twin. I'm hysterical, but trying not to laugh because I'm thinking, "how big could it be? This is New York City, it's probably just a water-bug...no biggie." So, with tears in my eyes I ask my husband Mike,  "Will you please go home with Audrey and get that thing, what ever it is, out of her house?"  To which he promptly replied, "No! I'm not going over there-- are you crazy? I don't know what that thing is, and I don't want to know. She's an attorney. Her eyes are bulging in her head. She has a creature in her house. Call maintenance."

At this point her eyes are starting to get all shiny and I realize she doesn't want strangers in her home, so since I do not want her to break down and cry, I start to get my clothes. With trembling lips she says, "I will not be able to sleep in my apartment... please, help me get that thing out of my house. It may not stay where it is and I'm afraid to have to search for it. What if there's more than one? I have no idea how it got in or where it came from." 

Now I'm starting to freak out. Not wanting to let my friend down, and a little nervous because my muscular man is determined not to go, I pull on some jeans, get an aluminum baseball bat from our hall closet,  put my best Riker's Island face on and escort my girlfriend back to her apartment. The whole time we're riding down in the elevator I'm hoping that thing is not something from the twilight zone. I keep thinking as we cross the street, "My God, she is an attorney. She worked for the DA's Office. She works for the Correction Department. Inmates don't phase her. She does trials and litigation. Audrey is a very smart and engaging woman and she is literally shaking. Oh dear God, she has a creature in her house..."  

She opens the front door to take a peek, then points her finger at it while she shrieks, "Ooo, Ooo, Tann look, it didn't move, it didn't move!" and I freak. I literally freak out because I have NEVER seen anything like it. It was really really bigger than I expected and I dropped my baseball bat and jumped backed into the hall.  At this point, I guess she felt better, because she very drolly retorts, "See. I told ya." 

We immediately start some rapid fire banter consisting of the usual, "What is it?" "I don't know." "Maybe it's a.."  and this goes on and on and on while the two of us grown women stand out in the common area hall with her entrance door propped open, fascinated by the ugliest, biggest bug I have ever saw. 

We were stalling... We knew we had to kill it, but were too busy wondering (a) if it could fly, (b) did it have a stinger, (c) do you think it could move really really fast and escape our efforts, crawl up our shirts, not to mention the big one: (d) do you think it is female (translated: did it give birth to something while she was gone-- are there more of them)?

Not wanting to use the bat because I would crush her box (translated: I would have to go over there) we decided on bug spray.

Damn. It was near the box the bug was sleeping on. There was no way she was going back in there, so I started forward, taking the bat with me (just in case) while slowly creeping closer. The thing doesn't move so I'm wondering if it is dead. I get a really good look and think, "I don't know if it is a mutant roach from a radio-active facility but damn I wish I had my camera..."

I get the spray, shoot a load, chase the bug willy-nilly all over the floor. It wouldn't die quickly which was a real bummer, but we did eventually dump it down the garbage shoot with her trash. I don't ever want to see a big bug of any kind ever again.

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Chad- I can understand the feeling! Since these were all outside I was freaked about leaving the house to show properties and also my dog was afraid to go out and do her bizness. What's a person to do?

Carolyn- That's hysterical! I can't believe you didn't get a picture of it to sell to The Enquirer! What kind was it? Was it as ugly as as our KY species? I needs ta know!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Lizette, I swear that bug was a mutant thingy. I'm an artist, just like you, and I wasn't sure what some of those colors were. It was like a giant hissing cockroach made it with a grasshopper and produced an ugly not quite brown, black and mottled green baby. You could tune my TV with those antennae... I shudder to think of it. It was really really really gross. YOU COULD SEE IT FROM THE DOORWAY! Haaaa! It was approximately three finger widths wide and maybe an inch longer than my index finger. If it were on my hand (eeewww) it would actually stick out over the side edges of my palm. The thought of that thing climbing around in the apartment building walls is a very very frightening thought for me.

We will never know if it was female... (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Ohhhhh...Those things! There's plenty of those critters in NYC. (The've had plenty time to breed)I think they were the only thing that was found in Al Capone's vault over in Chicago. They got out when it was busted open and Geraldo Rivera packed them in a suitcase let them loose in New York.( He went there to escape the pressure of another bad career move) I think they were female. Interesting you actually saw one!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Haaaaaaa! ROTFLMAO! You are too funny!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Featured @ Club Chaos

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Who started on this again????  now I am laughing (again) at Lizette jumping around out side of her car to shake the bug off!!!! Fun Fun Fun Stuff!!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) about 10 years ago

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