According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the spotted lanternfly was first spotted in New York back in 2014. As time has passed more and more of these insects have been documented in the Empire State and need to be controlled. This invasive pest primarily feeds on tree of heaven but could also destroy several other crops. Now is the time to act and this is what you need to do.
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According to the Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Spotted Lanternfly is attracted to hops, maple, walnut and pose a significant threat to New York's forest health. These insects excrete large amounts of sticky "honeydew," which attracts molds and could stunt the production of plants.
The Spotted Lanternfly has been able to spread quickly by hitching a ride with US! They tend to lay eggs on vehicles, firewood, outdoor furniture and when we move these items, the eggs move too. According to the New York State DEC, they can jump and fly short distances.
The DEC is suggesting, should you see a Spotted Lanternfly in New York, kill it immediately by stepping on it or crushing it. It would also be helpful to take a photo of the insect, collect a sample and place it in a freezer or in a jar with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.
You can help DEC officials by filling out a brief report HERE. After you have reported Spotted Lantern Fly in your area and collected a sample, you should kill any additional SLF you see by stepping on it or crushing it.
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Here are 5 species that have invaded New York State and in some cases they must be killed. We are talking about fish that walk on land, plants that cause severe burns and insects that could wipe out a variety of crops that we rely on.
Keep an eye out for these species and you hike, work around the yard or do some fishing this year. Should you locate any of these it is important to report where and when you found them to the New York State DEC.