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What kind of bugs are in Pennsylvania?

Last Updated: 2nd March, 2020

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In this regard, what are the new bugs in PA?

The spotted lanternfly is a new insect pest first discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014. Reports of the bugs in Philadelphia have become increasingly common.

Subsequently, question is, are kissing bugs in PA? While Chagas disease is common in Latin America and still relatively rare in the U.S., the CDC said kissing bugs have now been found in about 30 states, including Pennsylvania. The insects have also been found along the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, meaning they may be crossing into the Garden State.

Subsequently, one may also ask, are there Assassin bugs in Pennsylvania?

But in recent years it's been reported in states as far north as Pennsylvania — yes, Pennsylvania. Formally known as triatomine bugs, kissing bugs feed on humans and animals. The CDC estimates that about 300,000 people with Chagas disease live in the U.S., most having been infected in parts of Latin America.

What are those flat bugs in my house?

Upon the onset of cold weather, stink bugs seek shelter to spend the winter in a dormant phase known as diapause. Stink bugs search for overwintering sites in late fall before the weather conditions drastically change. They spend the winter hiding inside homes or buildings, usually in the walls, attic or crawl space.

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Fang Buer

Professional

Should I kill spotted Lanternfly?

Please remember that all sightings of spotted lanternfly adults, nymphs, and egg masses should be reported to your local university extension or state plant regulatory official. With Ortho® Home Defense® Insect Killer for Lawn & Landscape Concentrate, you can kill listed bugs outside before they come inside.

Venerado Felino

Professional

Why are spotted Lanternflies dangerous?

The Spotted Lanternfly causes serious damage in trees including oozing sap, wilting, leaf curling, and tree dieback. In addition to tree damage, when spotted lanternflies feed, they excrete a sugary substance, called honeydew, that encourages the growth of black sooty mold.

Katelynn Ruthotto

Professional

When did spotted Lanternfly get to PA?

Spotted lanternfly was first discovered in the United States in Berks County, PA in 2014. It has since spread throughout 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, which the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has designated as a spotted lanternfly quarantine zone.

Meritxell Raviram

Explainer

How did the spotted Lanternfly get here?

Spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, an invasive planthopper native to China, India and Vietnam, is thought to have arrived as egg masses on a stone shipment in 2012. The first infestation was found in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2014 in a wooded area of Ailanthus altissima, or Tree of Heaven.

Seni Theophila

Explainer

How did the spotted Lanternfly get to Pennsylvania?

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula (White), is an invasive planthopper native to China, India, Vietnam. It was first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County and has spread to other counties in the southeast portion of the Commonwealth.

Graeme Dovgolevsky

Explainer

Does the spotted Lanternfly have any predators?

Predators. Because it is an invasive species, there are few natural predators in the Chesapeake region. There have been reports of general predators like spiders eating spotted lanternflies, but they are not having any substantial impact on lanternfly populations.

Abdelkabir Loza

Pundit

What do you do if you see a spotted Lanternfly?

The state Department of Agriculture is encouraging all residents to watch for the spotted lanternfly. The department suggests the following: If you see eggs: Scrape them off the tree or smooth surface, double bag them, and throw them in the trash or place the eggs in alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them.

Ranbir Viel

Pundit

Where do I report spotted Lanternfly in PA?

Pennsylvania. Call 1-888-4BAD-FLY (1-888-422-3359) with questions on spotted lanternfly management or to report a sighting, or report a sighting online.

Alimatou Tomov

Pundit

What happens if you get bit by an assassin bug?

Some types of assassin bugs—typically, wheel bugs—will bite if and when they are handled. If this happens to you, you will probably experience intense and immediate pain. If you think you may have been bitten, wash the affected area and wipe it off with antiseptic. You can take ibuprofen or aspirin as a pain reliever.

Ximo Zschippang

Pundit

Does the kissing bug fly?

Kissing bugs can fly, but they can also crawl and get inside that way. Homeowners can get rid of kissing bugs using liquid residual pesticides, baits or dusts.

Isart Barbato

Pundit

What do I do if I find a kissing bug?

How do you get rid of kissing bugs?
  1. Seal gaps around windows and doors. Fill in any holes or cracks in walls or screens that could let kissing bugs into your house.
  2. Let your pets sleep inside, especially at night. Keep pets from sleeping in a bedroom.
  3. Clean up any piles of wood or rocks that are up against your house.

Cosmin Lucenilla

Teacher

How do you know if a kissing bug bite you?

The bite looks like any other bug bite except there's usually a cluster of bites together in one spot. People who are sensitive to the bug's saliva, may experience a reaction to the bite. This is usually only mild itching, redness, and swelling, but occasionally, a kissing bug bite causes a severe allergic reaction.

Maddalen Markiegui

Teacher

What states is the kissing bug found in?

Kissing bugs are found throughout the Americas. In the US, kissing bugs are established in 28 states. A total of 11 different species of kissing bugs have been documented in the US, with the highest diversity and density in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Annabella Serrada

Teacher

What happens if your bit by a kissing bug?

Threats. Kissing bugs occasionally bite humans in their sleep. People with certain skin sensitivities to the bug's saliva may exhibit signs of allergic reactions, such as itching, swelling, redness, etc., but the kissing bug bites typically do not result in a local reaction.

Hornjoserbsce Schmiedkunz

Teacher

Are kissing bugs and stink bugs the same?

The differences between stink bugs and kissing bugs
Stink bugs are less svelte than kissing bugs, with more block-shaped heads and bodies, as well as thicker legs and antennae. In the US, kissing bugs are typically black or very dark brown, with distinct red, orange, or yellow stripes around the edges of their bodies.

Roksana Santa Barbara

Reviewer

How deadly is a kissing bug?

Chronic Chagas can last a lifetime and many don't have symptoms. However, cardiac and gastrointestinal complications, which can be fatal, can occur in around 20% to 30% of people, the CDC says.

Stoyka Loaisa

Reviewer

Are assassin bugs harmful to humans?

Yes, Assassin Bugs Do Bite
Importantly, these bugs bite. Assassin bugs like hanging out near their prey— mammals (including humans) with vertebrae—from which they can suck blood.

Zeeshan Ayasaga

Reviewer

What are the symptoms of the kissing bug?

What are symptoms and signs of Chagas disease?
  • Swelling and/or redness at the skin infection site (termed chagoma)
  • Skin rash.
  • Swollen lymph nodes.
  • Fever.
  • Headaches and body aches.
  • Fatigue.
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
  • Abdominal discomfort or pain.

Caroyln Vallins

Reviewer

How do you prevent kissing bug bites?

Prevention
  1. Seal cracks and gaps in your home to keep bugs out.
  2. Keep chicken coops and other animal cages away from your home.
  3. Move piles of leaves, firewood, and rocks out of your yard.
  4. Turn off outdoor lights near the house at night so they won't attract bugs.
  5. Clean your dog or cat indoor beds regularly.