Friday, October 19, 2018

Most Harmful Species In 150 Years Invades Northeast USA

lantern fly
IMAGE - E. SWACKHAMER

An invasive species known as the spotted lanternfly is posing a threat to trees and crop in the United States. Experts are saying this is the most destructive species seen in over 150 years

This insect native to China, India and Vietnam is is already causing crop damage in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The biggest threat is to the forests in the Northeast. This species has the ability to cause great damage to hops, grapes and forests for logging industries

The production of honeydew by the insect serves as a catalyst for fungal growths. But one concern that has some experts worried is the lantern flies lay their eggs in Christmas trees. Then the insects can hatch in homes during the Christmas season.

Pesticides are the most productive means of control. 

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