Michigan asks interstate freight workers to keep watch for invasive pest

State officials are asking freight carriers, warehouse workers and delivery drivers to be on the lookout for an invasive pest called the spotted lanternfly after the insects were found dead on commercial shipments to separate areas of Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) says dead spotted lanternflies were found in shipments from Pennsylvania and Connecticut in the past few weeks; a worrisome sign that prompted the calls for vigilance among those moving interstate goods reports www.mlive.com

“Folks who are normally handling goods from the mid-Atlantic region, especially quarantine regions, we’re encouraging to be on the lookout for any life stages of the spotted lanterfly,” said Robert Miller, MDARD invasive species response specialist.

Miller said dead lanterflies were recently found on a shipment of arborvitae tree nursery stock that arrived in Kent County from Pennsylvania, and a pallet of building materials sent to Wayne County from Connecticut by way of Illinois.


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