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'Gross': Lanternflies causing big bug problem for some

This Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo shows a spotted lanternfly at a vineyard in Kutztown, Pa. The spotted lanternfly has emerged as a serious pest si...
In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, Dean Scott speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his vineyard in Kutztown, Pa. The spotted ...
In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, spotted lanternfly gather on a tree in Kutztown, Pa. The spotted lanternfly has emerged as a serious pest sin...
In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, Jim Wood poses for a photograph with his wet/dry vac he uses to deal with the swarms of lanternflies that hav...
In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, a spotted lanternfly sets on a tree in Kutztown, Pa. The spotted lanternfly has emerged as a serious pest sin...
In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, Heather Leach, an entomologist who does lanternfly outreach at Penn State Extension inspect grape vines in Ku...

This Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo shows a spotted lanternfly at a vineyard in Kutztown, Pa. The spotted lanternfly has emerged as a serious pest si...

In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, Dean Scott speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his vineyard in Kutztown, Pa. The spotted ...

In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, spotted lanternfly gather on a tree in Kutztown, Pa. The spotted lanternfly has emerged as a serious pest sin...

In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, Jim Wood poses for a photograph with his wet/dry vac he uses to deal with the swarms of lanternflies that hav...

In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, a spotted lanternfly sets on a tree in Kutztown, Pa. The spotted lanternfly has emerged as a serious pest sin...

In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, Heather Leach, an entomologist who does lanternfly outreach at Penn State Extension inspect grape vines in Ku...

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A bad bug is making life miserable for some Pennsylvanian residents and business owners.

The spotted lanternfly has emerged as a serious pest since the federal government confirmed its arrival in southeastern Pennsylvania five years ago. It weakens valuable trees and vines by sucking the sap from them. It also causes problems for homeowners when it leaves its sticky, sugary waste all over pools and decks.

More worrisome, they threaten $18 billion worth of Pennsylvania agriculture, including tree fruit, timber, hops and especially grapes.

The bug's range is expanding, alarming officials in other states as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Updated : 2021-10-25 00:48 GMT+08:00