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 New Jersey.
NJ Department Of Agriculture recently warned Christmas tree shoppers to look out for the spotted lanternfly. State Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher said:
The more of these egg masses that can be destroyed now and before spring, the fewer of these nuisance pests there will be next year. The egg masses can be found on almost any kind of surface, including on vehicles, park benches, steps, outdoor stairways, or on the sides of buildings. These can be scraped with a credit card or something similar. It is important to press against the egg mass and hear the eggs popping as they are being scraped. The popping sound signifies the eggs are being destroyed.
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