Summer is the season where a lot of bugs seem to pop out all over the place. They are annoying, they can be a pain to remove, and they just seem to make things miserable.  Killing them can in a weird way, be therapeutic.  If you happen to see this bug around Missouri anywhere, you can kill it proudly.

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Getty Images/iStockphoto

These bugs are called the Spotted Lanternfly.  The spotted lanternfly originates from China and has been a nuisance to American states since September 2014.  Spotted lanternfly feeds on a wide range of fruit, ornamental and woody trees, with tree-of-heaven being one of the preferred hosts. Spotted lanternflies are invasive and can be spread long distances by people who move infested material or items containing egg masses. If allowed to spread in the United States, this pest could seriously impact the country’s grape, orchard, and logging industries.

The video above will give you a little bit more info on this bug, and hopefully you have not seen too many of them around.  We may not want to admit it, but climate change is real.  This summer we had some of the hottest temperatures around the country including here in Missouri.  This may mean that these bugs could be here for a while.  You can click HERE for info on that.

These bugs will not affect us humans at all, but farmers should be a bit concerned.  Depending on the crop.  If you do happen to see one anywhere, you should report it.  You can click HERE for info on how to do that.  The Missouri Department of Agriculture would probably like to track them.

Save the trees, save the crops, and kill this bug guilt free.

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