These insects are a threat to many fruit crops and trees. SLF suck the sugars out of plants, notably grapes and other crops, and have no predators. They reproduce in large numbers and their native host is the Tree of Heaven. SLF egg masses should be crushed and scraped off of the surface.
If you see a Spotted Lanternfly:
Take a picture of it, note the location, and Report it to the Department of Agriculture before killing it.