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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Spotted Lanternfly Alert in NJ

Adult Spotted Lanternflies on Tree

Spotted Lanternfly sightings have significantly increased in New Jersey since last year. 

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species native to China, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. It feeds on over 70 types of plants (including fruit trees, ornamental trees, woody trees, vegetables, herbs and vines) and can cause damage to the hosts as well as agricultural crops. The Spotted Lanternfly causes serious damage in trees including oozing sap, wilting, leaf curling, and tree dieback. In addition to tree damage, when spotted lanternflies feed, they excrete a sugary substance, called honeydew, that encourages the growth of black sooty mold. This mold is harmless to people, however it causes damage to plants and poses a large threat to New Jersey agriculture.

New Jersey residents are asked to be on alert for Spotted Lanternfly sightings and to use caution when traveling to and from counties with known infestations. 

What to do if you encounter a Spotted Lanternfly

  •  If you see egg masses, scrape them off, double bag them and throw them away. You can also place the eggs into alcohol, bleach or hand sanitizer to kill them.
  • Watch instructional video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoFp_MbDiE8
  • Collect a specimen: Specimens of any life stage can be turned in to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s lab for verification.
  • Take a picture: With your GPS function turned on your smartphone or a camera with GPS, take a photograph of ANY life stage (including egg masses)
  • Submit picture to: SLF-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov
  • Report a site: If you can’t take a specimen or photograph, call New Jersey Spotted Lanternfly Hotline at 1-833-223- 2840 (BADBUG0) and leave a message detailing your sighting and contact information.
  • Spotted Lanternfly Reporting Guidelines
  • Spotted Lanternfly Industry Guidelines

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