Individual Action Isn’t the Only Spotted Lanternfly Solution

The spotted lanternfly from Asia invaded the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, threatening many plants and crops. How is the public being informed?



What is your favorite invasive pest?

The spotted lanternfly — an insect native to Asia — has invaded fourteen states mostly in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The pest is not toxic to humans, but threatens many important plants and crops, including apple trees, cherry trees, peach trees, and grapevines. Ethan breaks down the latest on this invasive species and contemplates if the issue is being communicated properly to people in this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg.”

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Writer: Ethan Brown, Maxwell Pociask, Naomi Rubin, Maddy Schmidt

Fact Checker: Owen Reith

Editor: Will Andronico

Producers: Ethan Brown, Shannon Damiano

Ad Voiceover: Naomi Rubin

Music: Brett Sawka

The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the host and guests. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of Peril and Promise or The WNET Group.

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