Spotted Lanternfly Update

Spotted Lanternfly Update

Posted on October 21, 2019

The NJ Department of Agriculture is asking for citizens’ help to prevent the spread of Destructive Spotted Lanternflies

October 2019 Update: Confirmed sightings of Spotted Lanternflies in Montgomery Township have been reported to the NJ Dept. of Agriculture.

According to an August 2019 article on NJ.com, the Spotted Lanternfly has now been reported in seven New Jersey counties, Somerset, Mercer, Warren, Hunterdon, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem Counties.  This highly destructive, invasive, non-native pest has recently been swarming in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania (see video below).  These large leafhopper-type insects attack 80 kinds of trees including hardwood and fruit trees, as well as agricultural plantings, such as hops and grape vineyards.  They swarm en masse and suck the sap out of trees, shrubs or plants, killing their target and leaving a black moldy ‘honeydew’ residue in their path. The bug doesn’t fly far on its own, but will invade new areas by hitchhiking on transported items, which is why quarantines are being set up. They were first found in the United States in Berks County in fall 2014.

If you see a spotted lanternfly, kill it and report it to the hotline at 1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG-0) or email SLF-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov. Reports help officials know where to target efforts to control this virulent pest.  Look for and scrape off egg masses, which look like light gray putty blobs, and which may be found on tree trunks, outdoor furniture, siding, etc.

 

WATCH VIDEO OF SLF INFESTING A TREE (Facebook)

WHAT THE QUARANTINE MEANS TO YOU (8/2018)

CHECKLIST FOR RESIDENTS MOVING ITEMS FROM QUARANTINE AREAS (7/2018)

Under the quarantine, households and businesses that transport certain outdoor articles must obtain and fill out a checklist before moving any of the listed items.  In addition to the checklist, businesses that routinely travel in and out of the quarantined counties must meet training requirements.  Items on the list include but are not limited to:

Trees, shrubs, plants
Tarps
Building materials (brick, block)
Tractors
Trailers
Camping Equipment
Outdoor Furniture & Outdoor Household Items

A copy of a previous press release, including contact information at the NJ Department of Agriculture for questions, is available at:

https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/news/press/2018/approved/press180731.html

Source: NJ Dept. of Agriculture