Warmer weather contains the promise of backyard games, a dip in the lake, and insects that may make their way into your home. Some of those invaders present a risk for the environment.

Invasive insects can and should be killed, said Megan Abraham, Indiana Department of Natural Resources entomology division director and state entomologist.

"They're not native to our environment, so you should not feel too bad about killing them," Abraham said. "They don't have any natural enemies."

Among the insects the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is keeping a close eye on are the spotted lanternfly, emerald ash borer or Asian longhorned beetle. Any sightings should be reported by calling 866-663-9684 or emailing DEPP@dnr.in.gov. Pictures are appreciated.

Read on to learn more about invasive insects that may be in your yard:

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