Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky 2021-09-20 08:25:10 –
Invasive species that can cause serious damage to trees and other plants Made the way to South IndianaThere is growing concern about spotted lantern flies throughout the region.
Bugs—winged, spotted creatures—can be harmful, but experts say there are ways to monitor them and help stop their spread.
Here’s what Kentucky and Indiana residents need to know about spotted lanternflies:
What is a spotted lantern fly?
In short, the spotted lanternfly is a moth-like insect that is not envisioned in the United States. Department of Agriculture.
They are native to China and first appeared in the United States in 2014. They were found primarily in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic coasts, but also in India, Ohio, and West Virginia, according to the USDA report.
One of the most dangerous invasive species is that eggs are believed to move well from the shipped package to the U-Haul move box.
Why are spotted lantern flies dangerous?
Spotted lantern flies can pose a significant threat to orchards, vineyards and logging facilities. How? They tend to swarm and eat up what they land on quickly, causing serious damage.
Their “waste”, known as “honeydew,” can also attract mold and other insects that further damage the plant.
According to the USDA, it poses a threat to everything from almonds, apples and hops to maple, oak and pine trees.
Is it a spotted lanternfly in Kentucky?
This species has not been detected “yet” in Kentucky.
It is due to John Mura of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, which includes the forestry sector. Mr. Mura added that forestry authorities will soon check for bugs.
“They plan to complete some additional research work in Ghent and the surrounding area within the next few weeks,” he said.
Spotted lanternflies were found in July in a 90-acre tree-covered plot in southeastern Indiana, indicating the westernmost known pest epidemic.
What to do with a spotted lantern fly
According to USDA, the best thing you can do to control the spread of spotted lantern flies is to keep an eye on them.
It is advisable to check the premises for insects on trees, plants and other surfaces. According to the USDA, it’s best to do it around dusk. Because it tends to collect bugs and makes it easier to find them.
According to USDA, signs that a plant may be infected include bleeding of the plant, mold growth, or a fermented odor. You may also see a “sticky liquid buildup” under the infected plant.
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Distributors are also advised to keep an eye on the egg mass of everything from plants to boxes that store holiday decorations and are often unattended for most of the year. According to USDA, if you find an egg mass, you should “rub it into a plastic zippered bag containing hand sanitizer, then zip it up and dispose of it.”
In Kentucky, you need to report sightings to you Forestry Bureau Regional Office Alternatively, please contact the UK at 859-257-7597 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you find a bug in Indiana, please email DEPP @ dnr.IN.gov or call 866-663-9684 to contact the state’s Department of Natural Resources.
Indister reporters London Gibson and USA Today contributed to this report.
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