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More Concern About Pest After Sightings in Cleveland Area

Spotted lanternfly (Courtesy Ohio Department of Agriculture)

GENEVA, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – A newer pest known as the spotted lanternfly has devastated vineyards in southeast Pennsylvania.

That has Ohio’s wine-producing industry on the lookout.

Executive Director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association Doniella Winchell says it’s an attractive bug.

But, in its early stages before becoming moth- or butterfly-looking, it feeds on grapevines.

Like many invasive species, they come to Ohio on traveling train cars and RVs.

They were recently spotted in the Cleveland area.


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