The cicadas are coming. Billions of bugs will soon tunnel out of their 17-year underground home. For kids who weren’t around in 2004 , the insect emergence could be overwhelming.
“I personally am intrigued by these things, but many people aren’t. Insectophobia is a real thing, fear of insects,” said Dr. Asha Patton-Smith, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic.
“It can be a bit overwhelming, especially the younger kids, even if they don’t have a fear of insects.”
Dr. Patton-Smith suggests talking to your kids about the bugs before they start popping out of the ground.