June 11, 2021
PRINCETON – WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–It has been a little over two weeks since the last Brood X cicada update. At West Windsor in the area of Van Nest Park in the Grover’s Mill section cicadas could be heard at the park and around the memorial to the War of the Worlds.
Driving from the park to Princeton on Washington Road cicadas could be heard very loudly. Near the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association parking lot and and along the lake cicadas were so loud they were reaching 91decibles at times.
91decibles is very loud and louder than a smoke alarm. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regulates fire codes and mandates that a smoke alarm emit a sound that is a minimum of 75 decibels. The average smoke alarm in North America exceeds that by emitting an 85-decibel alarm. The cicadas were 6 decibels louder than the average smoke alarm.
If you have not seen or heard cicadas now is the time since they will only be around for a couple more weeks.