More spotted lanternflies being reported in Allegheny County

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — More spotted lanternflies are being reported in Allegheny County.

Reports of the invasive insect have jumped over 100% in just seven months statewide.

The state’s Department of Agriculture reported confirmed cases are on the rise in Swissvale, Avalon and in some Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

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The moth-like insect attacks trees and plants while oozing sweet, sticky droppings that can coat cars, decks and other surfaces.

Earlier this summer, Penn State researchers said Allegheny County could be overrun with the spotted lanternflies within two years.

If you scrape an egg mass or squash a spotted lanternfly you are asked to report your sighting online or via phone by calling 1-888-4BAD-FLY. For more information on spotted lanternflies, visit agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly.