Is your Christmas tree bugged? Be on the lookout for this pest

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This handout photo from the North Carolina Forest Service shows a spotted lanternfly. (Source: NC Forest Service)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — You don’t want this bug in your Christmas tree.

The North Carolina Forest Service on Tuesday warned tree shoppers to look out for the spotted lanternfly.

The agency says a small number of them were found about two weeks ago in Hillsville, Virginia — roughly 15 miles from Surry County.

The invasive insect native to China, India, Vietnam and Taiwan is a treehopper that can lay eggs on Christmas trees, which may then be shipped to other states.

It typically sucks the nutrients from the plant it infects.

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