The worst invasive insect in 150 years is mobbing the Mid-Atlantic. Spotted lanternfly has been colonizing Pennsylvania and Virginia for several years now, threatening crops, trees, and – with swarms of insects excreting buckets of sticky honeydew – human quality of life. Now, the polka-dotted invader is in New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Delaware, and New York, poised to take a very viscous bite out of the Big Apple.

From Virginians living under the occupation, and Cooperative Extension Agent Mark Sutphin – reluctant host of SLF’s first hop into Virginia – get the down and dewy on SLF, what it’s like to live with the invaders, and what you can do NOW to slow the spread.

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