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Destructive spotted lanternflies found 15 miles from Ohio’s border

A year ago, Jared Adams began clearing every ailanthus plant that borders his Coshocton County hops fields. He’s preparing for an invasion. The spotted lanternfly, an invasive and very destructive insect from Asia, could reach Ohio as soon as this spring. The ailanthus, or tree of heaven, is their preferred food source. “I’m hoping they’ll go for the ailanthus a half-mile down the road,” he said. “But that’s just wishful thinking.” […]
Source: The Daily Jeff – News from Camberidge OH

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