Invasive Insects In Ohio Valley Gardens And The Central U.S.

Closeup of a spotted lanternfly

Invertebrate pests can stunt plant growth and vigor. They can damage fruit and leafy vegetables. Heavily infested plants may even die. Yet, before you can treat the problem, it’s essential to identify the bugs. If you’re battling insects in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, or West Virginia, here are the pests you’re most likely to find. The Most Common Bugs in Ohio Valley Gardens Beware of Spotted Lanternflies When it comes to invertebrate pests, the Spotted Lanternfly is the latest threat. A native of China, this invasive species attacks a variety of fruit, nut, and ornamental trees. Although it may have a moth-like presence, Spotted Lanternflies are a type of leafhopper which damage plants by sucking on plant tissues. Identified first in Pennsylvania in 2014, sightings of these insects in Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia have been confirmed. It’s believed this invasive pest will continue to spread within the Ohio Valley […]

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