A new and invasive insect has been spotted in Northeast Tennessee.
The spotted lanternfly is native to Asia but has been spreading across the United States since 2014. Tennessee is the 16th state to report its presence.
The insect releases a honeydew that can grow mold and eventually kill a variety of shrubs and trees.
The population can reportedly grow to be massive, especially during mating season in the fall.
The most important thing at this time is the dwindling population through egg masses. Egg masses can be laid on trees, cars, boats, RVs, and even Lawn furniture.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture reported that eradicating these egg masses will reduce the population of lanternflies for the next year.