We have been closely monitoring the spread of spotted lanternfly out of Eastern Pennsylvania and a population was recently confirmed in Eastern Ohio.
Concern about this invasive pest arises from damage caused by feeding on fruit, ornamental shrubs, and woody trees. As information is gathered about this invasive insect, the general public is asked to report any sightings through the Extension Office or through the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). October and November are the best months to identify spotted lanternfly because the insect is in its adult form which is very colorful and easily recognizable.
ODA Spotted Lanternfly Information Page: https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/invasive-pests/slf
Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly