7 Reasons Why Cicadas May Drive a Certain BuzzFeed Reporter Insane

She may not have a choice, but it would do BuzzFeed‘s Capitol Hill reporter Kate Nocera well to try as best as she can to avoid the swarm of cicadas headed for the Washington, D.C. area. Not that she needs to be told that.

“Guys, I am not ready for the cicadas,” she confessed on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. The big, ugly, winged bugs are believed to begin emerging from the ground starting in late May and will live roughly four to six weeks, according to WaPo.

Over the course of those weeks, there are seven reasons Nocera should stay away from the cicadas.

1. Nocera is terrified of bugs

“I am generally very bug-phobic,” she told FishbowlDC, “but the thought of clouds of horrible bugs everywhere should be terrifying to everyone.”

2. Cicadas give her anxiety

3. She won’t be able to hide in a bee suit

“I have considered a bee suit, but that doesn’t seem practical,” she told us.

4. Her Twitter followers are teasing her about them

5. They render her unable to smile in photographs


6. Cicadas may force her to spend an unhealthy amount of time on the Hill

“I am really not sure what I’m going to do at this point except maybe buy a sleeping bag and camp out in the Capitol building,” she said.

7. They fill her head with images like this



Nocera is showing optimism. “The only silver lining I can see in all of this is I may quit smoking if I can’t go outside,” she said.