Dead cicadas clog school air conditioning units
Cicadas that covered Middle Tennessee in May and early June are gone but their impact is still being felt.
Air conditioning units at 88 Metro Nashville schools are being cleaned because they are clogged with the dead insects.
One of the first schools getting cleaned is Cumberland Elementary. Metro schools filled two five-gallon buckets full of dead cicadas Wednesday while cleaning Cumberland Elementary’s units.
“The loud noise from the fans running attracts the cicadas. They come to it and the cicadas get caught in the water, die in the water and get sucked down in the pump,” said Jason Eads of school facility services.
Crews are spending the next three weeks working on the issue to get school units up and running before school starts.
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