‘Sneaky’: Spotted Lanternfly Spreading, Threatens Crops Across U.S.

‘Sneaky’: Spotted Lanternfly Spreading, Threatens Crops Across U.S.


States in the eastern region of the United States are plagued by spotted lanternflies, which came from China and could cost the nation dearly as their infestation targets agricultural staples such as apples and grapes and spell trouble for loggers.

States already in danger include Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia. The first report of a lanternfly in the U.S. was made in Pennsylvania in 2014.

Dan Kenny of the Department of Agriculture of Ohio, declared that the insect “is sneaky. It moves around on products, cars and even rail cars. There is just so much opportunity for it to spread naturally or hitchhike.”

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