Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and everyone in between, we have a severe problem on our hands - the Spotted Lanternfly! Don't let the name fool you; this is not some mystical creature from a far-off land. No, it's a real-life nightmare making its way to our great state of Michigan. But fear not. Here's all the information you need about these pesky little critters and how to eliminate them. Look above at the egg sac they lay on Michigan trees...ew.

How Did the Spotted Lanternfly Land in Michigan?

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Native to China, the spotted lanternfly (lycorma delicatula), if you're being formal and Latin) first arrived in the United States in September 2014, choosing to land in Pennsylvania.

Related: Michigan DNR Invasive Species Watchlist: Northern Snakehead

Since then, they've been unwelcome guests and have made it to Michigan's invasive species list after being spotted (pun unapologetically intended) first in Oakland County.

Why These Pretty Little Bugs Are an Agricultural Nightmare for Michigan

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First, let's discuss what makes the Spotted Lanternfly a nuisance. This invasive species loves to feast on the sap of trees and plants, causing damage and even death to our beloved greenery. And let's be honest, with their red wings and black spots, they're not exactly the cutest creatures out there.

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But don't worry, we have a solution. You have my permission to squish them on sight! Yes, you read that right. It's time to channel your inner ninja and show these invasive species who's boss. Trust me, it's for the greater good. Orrrrrrr you could follow the protocol set forth by Michigan.gov:

If you see a suspect insect, try to collect them or take a photo, record the location, and report it. If you think
you found an egg mass, do not disturb it. Record the location, take a photo, and report it. Reporting can be
done at www.michigan.gov/eyesinthefield.

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The Potential Devastation Caused by Michigan's Spotted Lanternfly

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Now, let's talk about the serious stuff. The Spotted Lanternfly has already caused extensive damage in states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and we don't want that to happen here. So, what can you do to help? Keep an eye out for these little suckers and report any sightings to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. And, of course, don't hesitate to squish them on sight.

Related: Michigan's INVASIVE SPECIES WATCHLIST: Asian Longhorned Beetle

For more on Michigan's invasive species watchlist, click here.

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They are considered “an invasive pest” in Michigan, so don’t feel guilty wishing the brown marmorated stink bug an untimely demise. The stink, hence, the name. They do have some natural predators, including beetles, crickets, spiders, and birds, but arming yourself is the best way to prevent these smelly little insects from taking over your home and yard.

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