Ban the Bug!Posted on March 1, 2021
Now is the time to kill the egg masses of the destructive Lanternfly –
Before they hatch!
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service is calling for anyone who wants to help banish the Spotted Lanternfly to learn how to identify and kill their egg masses, found on trunks of trees in your neighborhood and parks, now before they hatch in warmer spring weather.
The lanternfly, an invasive, non-native insect is very destructive to fruit trees, ornamental trees, woody trees, vegetables, herbs, grapes, and vines. Quarantined counties where the bug has already been spotted include Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Salem, Somerset and Warren. Residents in these areas of New Jersey should inspect their vehicles, trailers and other outdoor items when driving to a location outside the quarantine zone. Residents are strongly encouraged to be on the lookout for the bugs during all their life cycles and to kill them.
Residents in Somerset County don’t need to report sightings of the lanternfly, but can really help right now by scraping egg masses before they hatch.
Here is a video from the Cooperative Extension Service that explains how to scrape and kills the eggs. All you need is a zip lock bag, some hand sanitizer or alcohol, and an old credit card.