Invasive spotted lanternfly native to China continues to spread in Michigan


The spotted lanternfly is an invasive species native to China. The species was first discovered in the United States in 2014. Since then, they have invaded several northeastern and midwestern states. It typically sucks the nutrients from the plant it infects and can cause significant damage to crops and reduce yields.

Spotted lanternflies spread when their egg masses - 30 to 50 eggs, cling to almost any surface, including vehicles like rail cars and trailers, as well as outdoor equipment and patio furniture, move from one place to another. So far, experts have declared several areas of spotted lanternfly infestations in Michigan.

Michael Philip, PPPM Division Director within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said:

We appreciate our partners' partnership and quick action to help contain the spotted lanternfly infestation. They have already completed pesticide applications in the impacted area. Early detection gives us more tools in the toolbox for response and containment. We hope to limit the spread of this invasive population of spotted lanternflies by using targeted pesticide applications and tree removal.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture has requested the general public who finds an egg mass to remove it by scraping it with a hard or rigid tool and putting it into a container of rubbing alcohol.

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