ROCKLAND TWP., Pa. - It's a conundrum that nature in Pennsylvania, perhaps, didn't see coming: a treatment for a bug that's plagued us, is plaguing other wildlife.
"This is a significant problem," said Stephanie Stronsick, executive director of Pennsylvania Bat Rescue.
Sticky tree bands have been one of the most effective ways to eliminate the spotted lanternfly, but it's had some unintended consequences. Bird species -- from woodpeckers to songbirds to nutchatches -- and bats have been caught in the sticky vice of the bands.
"In one instance, there was a red tail hawk stuck to a glue band," said Stronsick.
Most birds and bats that get stuck to tree bands don't make it, but there is hope for them, if you take the right steps. Stronsick said to cut the band off the tree with the animal still on it, put it in a box, and take it to your nearest wildlife rehabilitation center.
"They have a process in which they remove that animal safely," said Stronsick.
Bats have huge ecological importance; they eat pests like moths and beetles.
"They can eat up to a thousand mosquito-sized insects in an hour, and that's just one bat," said Stronsick.
Officials said if you use glue bands on your trees, you should buy steel "hardware cloth," a mesh that is spaced out enough to let in lanternfly nymphs, but small enough to protect birds and bats.
"One invasive species can impact our native species, "said Stronsick, "and what we can do to eradicate one might be harmful to another."