A lot of bad things happen in New Jersey, but an imminent, massive cicada invasion sounds particularly awful. The big, noisy bugs live underground and emerge only when soil temperature reaches 64 degrees — usually once every 17 years — and scientists expect billions of them to wreak havoc across the Garden State once spring warms up. One prediction says that the hardest hit areas might get as many as 36 bugs per square foot — or one every square four inches — bringing a new, gross meaning to New Jersey's status as the country's most densely populated state.
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