If you’re a Penn State fan heading to Happy Valley for Saturday’s game against Purdue, add an extra step to your pregame routine. After packing up the grill, stocked coolers, some chairs, and a few cases of beer, make sure to check for spotted lanternflies.
That isn’t a joke. The invasive species has made its way into parts of Pennsylvania, and were spotted in the area for the Nittany Lions’ previous home game against Pitt.
The fly is native to Asia, and has been wreaking havoc on local crops and hardwood. They’ve spread throughout the state and elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Penn State has released details on how to check for the critter. Via 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.
The spotted lanternflies have a pretty distinctive look, for those who have to deal with this heading into the weekend.
Stomp and squish: Pennsylvanians battle 'nightmare' spotted lanternfly https://t.co/ubkZQqLQaV
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) September 28, 2019
Penn State and Purdue are set to kick off at noon, E.T. on Saturday, Oct. 5. Hopefully there won’t be any unintended visitors for the game, because this does sound like a pretty serious issue throughout that area of the country, by all accounts.