Tree-of-Heaven and spotted lanternfly are a one-two punch threatening Northeast Ohio gardens

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — This summer saw the spread of yet another invasive pest to Northeast Ohio: the spotted lanternfly.

According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), the spotted lanternfly hitchhiked from Asia to eastern Pennsylvania around 2014 and has been making its way to the Midwest ever since. Because the insect targets valuable crop plants like apples and grapes, the insect has been declared a destructive plant pest in Ohio and other states, and quarantine restrictions have been enacted in several Ohio counties, including Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Mahoning counties, to slow its spread,.

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