CALLING ALL EST RESIDENTS, IT’S TIME TO KILL THESE BUGS ON SIGHT, AND THEY’RE HARD TO MISS!
Invasive species wreak havoc wherever they go. And these days, they go pretty much everywhere. But this one is new to me, and it’s not too late to help deal with the problem. They are the spotted lanternfly, and if you see one, you can’t forget it. They are incredibly distinctive, being black and white, with bright red wings. Oh, and polka dots. They’re covered in polka dots! Honestly, they look like Dr. Seuss and Tim Burton wanted to make up their very own bug. But these bugs are now spreading into the Northeast. And all EST residents are now tasked with killing them on sight!
EST TIME RESIDENTS, THE SPOTTED LANTERN FLY IS YOUR INVASIVE SPECIES TARGET
The problem is, these bugs are incredibly destructive, and 2022’s conditions are perfect for them to greatly increase in number and get even harder to control. Never mind get rid of! Their eggs can spread on trees, rocks, even your car. That means they are traveling, expanding their territory, before they are even born. They live off the sap from plants and trees. But they leave said plants and trees dry and weakened. That’s not a good thing when it comes to wildfires, especially. So if you are one of the tens of millions of EST residents, kill these whenever you can. Fast.
SO FAR, THESE INVASIVE BUGS ARE IN 5 MAJOR STATES IN THE EST ZONE, SO GET TO SQUASHING
So far, we’ve seen these bugs in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. That’s a LOT of area to cover in the EST zone. These destructive bugs first arrived from Southeast Asia back in 2012. While they don’t bite or sting, they can feed off of over 100 different plant species. And when they feed on sap, they secrete a sticky substance called honeydew. Sure, that’s icky. But that honeydew becomes mold which covers the plants, stopping them from absorbing sunlight. Just think of a forest of dead trees, and how easily they could burn.
So clarion call to all EST residents! We’re now all a literal SWAT team, with a tong of bugs to take out.