MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — The invasive, spotted lanternfly in Montgomery County is posing a threat to several of the state’s industries.READ MORE: 3 Sharon Hill Police Officers Fired After Being Charged In Shooting Death Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
Authorities explain that the insects feed on grapes and hops – the main ingredients used to make the drinks.
Those crops, along with apples, other fruits, and hardwoods, make up an $18 billion industry in the state.READ MORE: 74-Year-Old Woman Killed In Medford House Fire
Officials are taking the threat seriously.
The Montgomery County Penn State Extension set up a hotline to report sightings.MORE NEWS: Ex-Horsham Clinic Staffer Faces Child Sex Abuse Charges After Allegedly Sending Nude Pictures To Teen Patient
They are also holding public meetings to discuss ways to control the impact on the community.