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If You See This Bug, Crush It Immediately, USDA Says

Best Life Logo By Jaimie Etkin of Best Life | Slide 2 of 5: According to the USDA, the spotted lanternfly, which is native to China, was first detected in Pennsylvania in Sept. 2014. It feeds on a wide range of fruit and trees, and is quick to move around, which earned it the nickname the "hitchhiker bug." The insect "spreads easily by hitchhiking on vehicles or laying its eggs on most any flat surface—like the sides of box cars, propane tanks, and equipment stored outside," the USDA says.Officials note the spotted lanternfly has the potential to "seriously impact the country's grape, orchard, and logging industries." If it's not contained, the spotted lanternfly could cost the Pennsylvania economy at least $324 million a year and more than 2,800 jobs, according to a study by economists at Penn State.RELATED: If This Animal Is Acting Overly Friendly, Call Authorities, Experts Say.

The spotted lanternfly has only been in the U.S. since 2014, but it's done a lot of damage.

According to the USDA, the spotted lanternfly, which is native to China, was first detected in Pennsylvania in Sept. 2014. It feeds on a wide range of fruit and trees, and is quick to move around, which earned it the nickname the "hitchhiker bug." The insect "spreads easily by hitchhiking on vehicles or laying its eggs on most any flat surface—like the sides of box cars, propane tanks, and equipment stored outside," the USDA says.

Officials note the spotted lanternfly has the potential to "seriously impact the country's grape, orchard, and logging industries." If it's not contained, the spotted lanternfly could cost the Pennsylvania economy at least $324 million a year and more than 2,800 jobs, according to a study by economists at Penn State.RELATED: If This Animal Is Acting Overly Friendly, Call Authorities, Experts Say.

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