The cicadas are coming! The cicadas are coming!

It seems like every other year we’re being warned about an impending cicada invasion.

But I’ve never seen them as a problem.

Other than the noise, I’ve never had a problem with cicadas.

Chances are you haven’t either.

This year, some folks are ramping up the warnings to sound like another rapture is planned this year — since the first two didn’t happen — or a giant meteor is whipping past the moon.

CNN this week warned that soon they’ll be “blanketing eastern parts of the country with billions, perhaps trillions, of the flying bugs.”

Trillions of flying bugs?

I see a very bad movie in this somewhere.

The story said, “The insects will infiltrate a much bigger geographical area than similar occurrences in most years because they’re part of the dual emergence of two particular periodical cicada broods. These groups of multiple Magicicada species appear like clockwork after a certain number of years, but the simultaneous appearance of these two broods hasn’t happened since 1803.”

Wow, I can hardly wait.

The story added, “The Northern Illinois brood spends 17 years underground before emerging and is known as Brood XIII, while the Great Southern Brood, or Brood XIX, lives underground for 13 years. The two broods won’t coincide again until 2245.”

Well, I don’t expect to be around then, so I’d better enjoy this one.

Once they come out of the ground, the experts say, they find a vertical surface, shed their hard outer skeletons and spread their wings for the first time before spending four to six weeks in a noisy frenzy of eating, mating and egg laying.”

Gonna be fun.

But, here’s the good news.

You can eat them.

The Food Network says the taste is kin to seafood.

Cicadas have a nutty flavor and shrimp-like quality, the story said.

They can be cooked like you would cook seafood.

Ummm, deep-fried cicadas.

Bring ‘em on.