An Ohio woman who says she had “cicada phobia” after first encountering the beetles 34 years ago built shower liners to protect against intermittent brood X cicadas that are now out of hibernation emerge in the east of the USA.
Speaking to Storyful, Jane Pyron said she developed her fear while visiting her husband, Lindsey Pyron, in Cincinnati in 1987. That year, after hibernating for 17 years, another brood of cicadas showed up, and Jane said she was “freaked out and horrified” by the bugs, especially if you flew in her car window.
In a video recorded by her husband, Jane explains how she built the sign using a $ 5 umbrella, two transparent shower trays, and a stapler before modeling her fender on a sidewalk.
Jane said she and Lindsey dated for a year in the late 1980s but reconnected three years ago after meeting on Facebook. They eventually married and Jane moved to Ohio but planned to flee to Arizona for six weeks once the cicadas returned. Work got in the way of those plans, Jane said, but she looked forward to the next appearance. “We will retire and we can go anywhere in the world where it doesn’t exist!” She said. Photo credit: Lindsey Pyron via Storyful