Abby Cornelius, a homeowner in Martin City, Missouri, sees them everywhere.
They're in the grass, crouching on leaves, swimming in the dog bowl, and hanging out on the grill — dead or alive.
Last Sunday, she noticed her newly cleaned gutters were suspiciously clogged.
“I crawled out the window to take a look and had to scoop dead cicadas out of them,” she said in an email. “The shells will probably have to be power washed off the house."
The cicadas that have invaded Cornelius’ yard are periodical cicadas. They live just a few feet underground for the majority of their lives and emerge in great numbers every 17 years to reproduce.
Last seen in 1998, the 17-year Brood IV, or Kansan Brood, broke ground this summer in the Kansas City area, reportedly hugging trees and covering tires in some neighborhoods.