Billions of cicadas to swarm northeast region of U.S. this summer for mating season

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HOUSTON - Get ready to bug out, because it's almost time for the return of the cicadas.  If you haven't seen or heard them in a while, it might be because they live underground on a 17-year cycle, then come out to mate.

The Brood V species' cycle began in 1999, which comes to an end next month.  Depending on where you live, you might see more of them; a lot more.

Cicada Mania reports this summer, billions of cicadas are expect to swarm the northeastern area of the U.S. like a biblical plague.

These freaky buzzers are not harmless, but their mating call may be a pain in your ear from sunrise to sunset; just when you thought all was quiet in your neck of the woods.