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We really hope there’s a nice spot in hell reserved for every insect on Earth.

Those creepy, crawling, disgusting little freaks are constantly showing up where they shouldn’t. In our homes, our cars – sometimes even on our own bodies. The struggle to keep these things at bay is real, and no one knows that better than KSNT reporter Katya Leick. The Kansas woman was covering a live fire drill at a military base when she came under some live fire of her own: a cicada swarm.

For those who don’t know, cicadas begin their putrid lives underground, where they stay (thankfully) for most of their existence. But once they’re close to reaching adulthood, they emerge from the ground where they do this:

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Dear God it’s a nightmare

What you just saw is a process called moulting, where the bug officially begins its life as an adult. Soon after, they mate, lay eggs and die, only for the babies to emerge again about 17 years later.

Quite the existence, amirite?

In any case, this reporter, who was doing her standup in a tank, quickly found she wasn’t even safe in a military-grade vehicle as the cicada swarm relentlessly swirled around her head, with one perching right by her mouth. Up close, by the way, the bugs look like this:

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“Hi! Can I go in your mouth?”

Leick did her best to keep her composure throughout the shoot, which we give her tons of credit for. Even still, she ended up flailing around as the insects landed all over her body. Bonus points for maintaining a great attitude about the whole experience though:

Talk about a ROUGH DAY at work!! lol it’s okay to laugh at me!!

Posted by Katya Leick KSNT on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Watch it all go down in the video above.