It is consuming crops and swarming Pa. towns. Can N.J. keep this bug away?

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MICHAEL SOL WARREN / NJ.COM – Just across the Delaware River, an invasive bug has been eating its way through farms and swarming towns in Pennsylvania.

Now, New Jersey farmers and officials are on the alert.

Agriculture agents are vigilantly surveying areas along the Delaware River, looking for any sign that the bug has hopped the border. The federal government has dedicated money to join the battle. And one official wants to start building.

“I want a wall between New Jersey and Pennsylvania,” quipped Gary Pavlis, a Rutgers professor and agriculture agent in Atlantic County. “I don’t know what other people’s opinions on the wall are, but we need a wall.” …

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