By CBS Baltimore Staff

OCEAN CITY, MD. (WJZ) — While many Marylanders head to Ocean City in the summer to soak up the sun, in just a couple of weeks there could be a new motivation to head to the resort town.

That’s because officials say Ocean City will be a 100% cicada-free zone!

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Brood X Cicadas are returning this year after spending 17 years underground, and Ocean City is welcoming Baltimore-area residents to escape from the insects ear-splitting sounds and enjoy the relaxing sounds of the ocean waves instead.

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Cicadas avoid the resort town because they can’t survive in sandy soil.

But if you can’t get away, here’s a way to help survive the invasion. A “walking pod” or a portable bug screen protector. The wearable mesh screen bubble pops open to slip over the upper body as a breathable fully-enclosed cover.

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Plus, there’s adjustable shoulder straps so it’s hands-free. You can order yours now at

CBS Baltimore Staff