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Spotted Lanternfly Experts Debunk Myths About The Pest

As the spotted lanternfly extension associate in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Heather Leach often receives calls and emails from concerned citizens about the insect interloper.

Occasionally, she will hear stories or "myths" from them about management or the biology of the pest, an invasive planthopper that feeds on more than 70 species of plants, including agricultural and hardwood commodities.

"People who are dealing with spotted lanternfly are frustrated and worried," Leach said. "In their search for answers, they sometimes are willing to believe or try anything. But it's n...

 

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