Michigan DNR Wants You to Destroy This Bug When You See It
First detected in Oakland County in 2022, the spotted lanternfly is a nasty invasive bug that feeds on more than 70 different plants, leading to reduced agricultural yields, damaged crops, and weakened trees.
Their potential damage is why the DNR is advising Michiganders to kill them on-site.
When Were Spotted Lanternflies First Detected in Michigan?
According to WDIV, the spotted lanternfly was first detected in the United States in 2014. Infestations were confirmed in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Michigan was added to that list of states last year after a small population was detected in Pontiac.
When Do Spotted Lanternflies Thrive in Michigan?
Spotted lanternflies thrive during the warmer months of the year, primarily in late spring, summer, and early fall.
In the fall, spotted lanternflies reach adulthood. Adult lanternflies continue to feed on plant sap and lay eggs on trees, cars, trailers, firewood, outdoor furniture, and more. This is also the time when they are most likely to be seen flying or resting on plants and structures.
How Big Do Spotted Lanternflies Get?
Adult spotted lanternflies are the largest and most easily recognizable stage. They typically measure around 1 inch in length.
What to Do If You See a Spotted Lanternfly
If you happen to spot one of these nasty buggers, report it immediately to the DNR. Well, first take a picture of it, then squish it, then report it.