HARRISBURG – PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is urging Pennsylvanians to act now against the spotted lanternfly for the sake of food security. Redding said if you see a spotted lanternfly, squash it, report it, and check your vehicle before traveling. The invasive pest is capable of decimating entire grape vineyards and damaging fruit orchards, walnuts, hardwoods, and decorative trees. A recent economic study by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences showed this bad bug could cost PA up to $324 million annually in economic impact with a loss of more than 2,800 jobs if not contained. Agricultural scientists are working on methods to manage the pest.