Penn State fans asked to check for invasive insect species before game
The Penn State Nittany Lions play host to the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday afternoon, and the university is asking fans descending upon Beaver Stadium to inspect themselves and any gear for an invasive insect species currently wreaking havoc on the region.
Penn State is taking on a role in battling the ongoing and problematic infestation of spotted lanternflies, which have been spotted near Beaver Stadium and throughout Pennsylvania.
Penn State fans have been asked to perform checks for the spotted lanternflies in the following manner, per a report from the Centre Daily Times.
– Walk around your vehicle and check closely for any spotted lanternfly adults and/or nymphs; particularly check the windshield wiper area, bumpers and wheel wells. Be certain to check inside the vehicle as well. In fall and winter, also look for egg masses, which have the appearance of mud splatters.
– Check any piece of equipment or item that you will be transporting that has been outdoors in the quarantine area — such as grills, tents, tables or yard games.
– Do not park your RV or other vehicles under trees in the quarantine zone. Always keep your windows up.
– Check yourself before getting into any vehicle to make sure there are no spotted lanternfly nymphs or adults on you.
A report from Philly’s FOX 29 details the potentially devastating impact the insects, originally from Asia, could have upon the local ecosystem.
Stomp and squish: Pennsylvanians battle 'nightmare' spotted lanternfly https://t.co/ubkZQqLQaV— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) September 28, 2019
While Nittany Lions fans assuredly will be more focused upon the team improving their record to 5-0, a rudimentary check of themselves and their belongings could be huge help in combating the scourge of the spotted lanternfly.