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New Jersey's invasion of cicadas has started in the wake of two days of warm weather.

The insects have started to emerge from the soil in droves for the first time in 17 years and that could make for a noisy and buggy Memorial Day holiday weekend cookout.

They've been spotted in Tenafly, Wayne, Colonia, Fanwood, Mendham and Montclair.

Rutgers University entomologist George Hamilton tells The Record people with sunny, shade-free yards will likely get the first wave since cicadas leave their holes only after the soil temperature hits 64 degrees.

The noisy creatures are harmless to humans. 

"Usually every summer we have the annual cicada. You hear that sound. It's incessant. It is different from the periodical cicada (which we'll see this summer.) The annual is black and green. The periodical cicada is more orange and green and has these beady red eyes," said Dr. Matt Frye, entomologist, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program, Cornell University.

Some areas could see as many as a billion of the cicadas per square mile. That can lead to a lot of dead bugs all over roadways and grassy surfaces. They can also disrupt outdoor events with their loud buzzing.

They reproduce before dying.

The Staten Island Museum has starting promoting a Cicada Granola Chews recipe by Carrie Brown.

Ingredients:

15 cicadas

1 cup flour

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup butter

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups Kroger Granola Cereal with Raisins

 Directions:

First freeze cicadas and break off legs and wings etc. Next boil for 5 min. then bake at 550 F for 10min. Take cicadas out and cut up very finely. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir in remaining ingredients except cereal; until smooth. Stir in half of the cereal. Form dough into 1 inch balls and roll in remaining cereal. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown.

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