Alabama: Bug Officials Are Begging You To Kill These On Sight
Rutgers says this species is a very good hitchhiker. Most people don't even know that they've got them until the adult form comes out.
Newsbreak reports the positive news about the insect is that they can't harm humans or pets. However, they are known to feed on over 70 different types of trees and plants. They cause millions of dollars worth of damage.
Rutgers says the Spotted Lantern Fly secretes a sticky material known as honeydew, which is very high in sugar. It is a substitute for mold, and when it gets on plants, it prevents them from surviving.
Newsbreak reports “it’s sort of like Pandora's box of problems. There are numerous ways to kill them, including the use of pesticides or simply crushing them. Extreme heat or cold also does the trick.”
The experts say the first thing you should do if you spot the Lantern Fly, is kill it. We have been warned.
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