Spotted Lanternfly Can Impact Crops And Tree Fruits If Not Destroyed

Swarm of spotted lantern flies on tree
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A new pest has officially made its way to Pennsylvania.

“The spotted lanternfly is kind of a cousin to cicadas, aces and things like that. They are a plant-feeder and primarily, their host is actually a weed tree that we have tons of around here,” said Chad Gore, Entomologist at Ehrlich Pest Control, during an interview with KDKA Radio on Friday.

That host happens to be the “Tree of Heaven,” which is commonly seen on the side of roads here in the Pittsburgh region.

Moreover, the impact that the spotted lanternfly is going to have on crops - such as grapes and tree fruits – is a big reason for concern.

So how do you fight and prevent them?

"Being able to identify the eggs and the egg masses - and removing them as you see them - that's just one way to help," Gore explains.

You can listen to the full conversation below for more information.

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