With family in eastern Pennsylvania, we would always keep an eye out on the local news.  Middle of last year, we were hearing all about the Spotted Lanternfly.

The aggression towards the fly was unique.  I can’t recall a time when an article stated, “if you see them, kill them.”  What were these?  What was going on?

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Then with some research, you can easily find out how dangerous the Spotted Lanternflies are to plants and vegetation.

According to the USDA, (link) this bug is a native of China and was first detected in Pennsylvania.

Listen, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing reports of the Spotted Lanternfly in our own backyard.

I’ve seen more of these flies on cars, windows, and even on our beaches.

According to a report on the patch, the NJDA shared some shocking information about why they are making their way into our shore towns, quickly, “It has become more common as the spotted lanternfly is an excellent hitchhiker”

There are a few things you can do according to the USDA  to prevent these pests from traveling throughout the country.  Just a few things you can do:

  • "Check your vehicle and make sure you’re not traveling with the fly or their eggs"
  • "Remove any infected trees that are hosts for these flies"
  • "Park with your windows closed so the spotted lanternfly does not enter your car or truck."

You absolutely want to be hyper-vigilant when you’re out and about.  If you are traveling by car before the summer is up, please make sure that your car is free of any hitchhiking bugs.

The big question out there is, does the Spotted Lanternfly bite or sting?


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