DNR Warns of Invasive Spotted Lanternflies

As the weather warms up life is returning to Northern Michigan.

However, there is one bug heading for the state and the Department of Natural Resources wants you to keep an eye out for it.

The spotted lanternflies are originally from Southeast Asia.

The invasive species found its way to Pennsylvania four years ago and has slowly spread across six more states.

They threaten $350-million worth of Michigan crops.

The flies like plants including wine grapes, cherries and hops but they will eat almost any woody plant.

Scientists say they soak up the sap and then rapidly excrete something called “honeydew”.

The D.N.R. says the “honeydew” grows black, sooty mold.

Experts say to double-check your outdoor gear if you are in the infected states of New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, New York and Maryland.

If you see spotted lanternflies in Michigan, call the state’s Department of Agriculture at (800) 292-3939.