PA Ag Officials: Everyone Watch Out for the Spotted Lanternfly

HARRISBURG –State agriculture officials are urging Pennsylvanians to be on the lookout for the return of the invasive spotted lanternfly.

Spotted Lanternflies are starting to come to life once again this spring. Experts say the pests can destroy grape vines, fruit trees, and other plants. They say the best way to combat Spotted Lanternflies is to destroy them when they’re still small and in their nymph phase, like they are right now.

Spotted Lanternflies were first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County in 2014 and have since spread across PA, costing the state more than 324-million-dollars annually in damages to the timber, fruit tree and plant nursery industries.

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