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Old 10-22-2007, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Apex, North Carolina [Shepherds Vineyard Subdivision]
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You know we all have our "eeeks", and mine is June Bugs! I have personally handled all kinds of bugs, spiders, snakes, lizards and I'm not easily take back, but June Bugs do it to me! When I was a kid living in South Lake Tahoe we had hundreds of large [1 inch across] big yellow/black June bugs that would hit our big patio glass doors with a sound of a rock hitting glass going for the light, and then fall to the ground stunned but hissing. After a few minutes there would be dozens on the ground hissing. Quite a fright for a 3-7 year old! How are those June Bugs out there? Similar to what I describe or different? Inquiring June bug hater wants to know. Thanks.
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:25 PM
 
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You know we all have our "eeeks", and mine is June Bugs! I have personally handled all kinds of bugs, spiders, snakes, lizards and I'm not easily take back, but June Bugs do it to me! When I was a kid living in South Lake Tahoe we had hundreds of large [1 inch across] big yellow/black June bugs that would hit our big patio glass doors with a sound of a rock hitting glass going for the light, and then fall to the ground stunned but hissing. After a few minutes there would be dozens on the ground hissing. Quite a fright for a 3-7 year old! How are those June Bugs out there? Similar to what I describe or different? Inquiring June bug hater wants to know. Thanks.
I think you are actually talking about cicadias. We had a huge outbreak two years ago. These bugs only emerge once in 17 years, so you should be ok. Almost any city in the Midwest or South had them a couple years ago. Boy, we had them bad around the beautiful parks in Louisville though. Also, I wouldn'dt judge all of metro Louisville by just one day of driving around...its much too large a metro area for that. If you are interested in highlighted tours, PM me and I can give you some recs.
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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You may also mean japanese beetles and yes we have them but I can't say "hundreds". We also have june bugs that do hit your window but again it isn't hundreds. You might see four or five on your front porch or may find them in your pool but isn't too bad. If you are talking 17 year cicadas then those things fly EVERYWHERE but like STX said, they are only every 17 years. We do have a cicada that is sometimes confused with katydids that make a loud buzzing sound in the trees but you don't usually see them unless it is the shell that they shed. Hope that helps!
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:01 PM
 
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You may also mean japanese beetles and yes we have them but I can't say "hundreds". We also have june bugs that do hit your window but again it isn't hundreds. You might see four or five on your front porch or may find them in your pool but isn't too bad. If you are talking 17 year cicadas then those things fly EVERYWHERE but like STX said, they are only every 17 years. We do have a cicada that is sometimes confused with katydids that make a loud buzzing sound in the trees but you don't usually see them unless it is the shell that they shed. Hope that helps!
Missy, I have never seen the large june bugs you speak of? can you find a pic online? The only pests here for me are the cicadias.
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Apex, North Carolina [Shepherds Vineyard Subdivision]
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Interesting about those Cicadias. Why only every 17 years, just curious. Do you recommend covered porches for your home, I have noticed that some homes do have that done, or is it not really a issue?
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Missy, I have never seen the large june bugs you speak of? can you find a pic online? The only pests here for me are the cicadias.
I guess it depends on what you call large but here ya go :


June bug:






Japanese beetle:



17 year cicada:





and the regular ol' cicada:





we have 'em all!
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I had these in a huge tree in my yard:

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Old 10-22-2007, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Here's a link to bugs of KY, its easier than posting all the pictures lol:

University of Kentucky Entomology: KY Critter Files - Insects, Spiders, and Their Relatives
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:13 PM
 
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Interesting about those Cicadias. Why only every 17 years, just curious. Do you recommend covered porches for your home, I have noticed that some homes do have that done, or is it not really a issue?
No...I don't think the bugs are too bad here. Cicadas hibernate and shed every 17 years for some reason. They really are disgusting and they make a heinous hum. They really are annoying, but the other bugs here are nothing that you would notice too much I don't think. By this time a year, most the bugs are dead anyways, so I doubt you'll see any when you visit.


It always interests me the things people worry about when they move !
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:15 PM
 
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Here's a link to bugs of KY, its easier than posting all the pictures lol:

University of Kentucky Entomology: KY Critter Files - Insects, Spiders, and Their Relatives
Oh wow, ive never seen any of those! I think you must be out in the country digging in dirt to see them. The pests here are the same as anywhere else. termites, roaches, and the occasional flies or "daddy long legs" spiders.
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