The Spotted Lanternfly is a new invasive insect in southeastern Pennsylvania which poses a substantial threat to agriculture with a potential economic impact in the billions of dollars. The bugs can quickly spread to other areas by hitching a ride on trucks, in trailers or even on the driver.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Dana D. Rhodes, the trucking industry will play a vital role in helping to halt this invasive bug. States along the East coast, including New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut, are working together to find solutions, such as training and roadside inspections, to help contain the bugs. Continue reading