The spotted lanternfly is back. The invasive bug has been spotted in New Jersey and other parts of the country, and officials are urging people to kill a lanternfly found immediately.
New Jersey is fighting the insect, which is often found on or near beaches because the spotted lanternfly can feed on and kill about 70 different types of vegetation or trees. While it doesn’t harm humans or animals, it’s invasive — it’s not native to the United States, but rather from Asia, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture said.
department announced this week It will provide funding to all counties in the state to help control the spotted lanternfly invasion. Counties can receive up to $15,000 or more for chemical treatment activities against these bugs.
“The more players we have in this program, the more we can fight this invasive threat,” said State Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher.
They prefer the tree of paradise, which is also an invasion of America, but can also Found on other trees. The state Department of Agriculture says they are considered “plant hoppers” — they can only fly a few feet but often “hitchhik” for miles on other transportation.
New Jersey officials are urging drivers to check their cars for bugs and eggs. Also check for other items left outside, such as children’s toys, flower pots, motorcycles and basketball hoops. “If you find any of these life stages of the spotted lanternfly, remove, inactivate, put in a resealable bag and dispose of the bag in the trash,” recommended by the department.
Officials in Mercer County, New Jersey, are recommending that people use so-called ring traps, which are provided free of charge by local nature centers, to catch lanternflies.
When the spotted lanternfly invaded parts of northeastern Pennsylvania last year provide instructions on how to make your own trap.
The pest was also found in Virginia this summer.Albemarle County is urge people After they were spotted along the Riwana River, “report and stomp on” any lanternflies they saw. The county says the bugs pose a significant threat to vineyards and orchards.
The bugs were spotted in New York City last year.Municipal Park Bureau“Please squash and dispose of this invasive pest.”
No matter how you kill lanternflies, there is one goal: to stop spotted invaders and increase their numbers before they lay their eggs. “The spotted lanternfly is currently in its adult stage and will eventually begin laying eggs, which will hatch next spring,” the New Jersey Department of Agriculture said. “While adult spotted lanternflies cannot survive winter temperatures, the egg mass will not be affected.”