Spotted Lanternfly in New Jersey

Reports are increasing regarding local sightings of the Spotted Lanternfly

In the USA, spotted lanternfly is an invasive species that could be very devastating to some New Jersey crops and hardwood trees. ...

The spotted lanternfly was first found in New Jersey four years ago despite efforts to contain it in eastern Pennsylvania, where it was first discovered in the U.S.

Now they have infested nearly every corner of New Jersey. This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops and hardwood trees. Spotted Lanternfly feeds on the plant sap of many different plants including grapevines, maples, black walnut, and other important plants in NJ. While it does not harm humans or animals, it can reduce the quality of life for people living in heavily infested areas.

Spotted lanternflies will suck the sap from as many as 70 plant species, especially fruit trees. As they feed, they secrete a sugary substance that draws other insects such as wasps and ants to feed and promotes mold growth. This process can weaken the tree and eventually contribute to its demise.

What do you do if you see a spotted Lanternfly in NJ?

Squish them, stomp them, crush them…eliminate them in any and every way possible!

Below please find links to sites for more information regarding the Spotted Lanternfly and what to do if you see one.

https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/pi/prog/pests-diseases/spotted-lanternfly/
 https://njaes.rutgers.edu/spotted-lanternfly/

https://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/pi/pdf/SLFReportingGuidelines.pdf

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