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8/30/2018 - Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Notice and Information from NJ Department of Agriculture for Mercer County Residents

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Notice and Information from NJ Department of Agriculture for Mercer County Residents

The Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula is a new pest to the United States.  This invasive planthopper, initially discovered in in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2014 is native to Southeast Asia and poses a threat to forests, ornamental trees, orchards, vegetables, grapes, hops and other agricultural commodities.  Since its initial discovery in Pennsylvania it has spread to infest portions of 13 counties of that state, recently it has been discovered in New Jersey in Warren, Hunterdon and Mercer Counties.  The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has recently enacted a state quarantine in these counties to restrict the movement of this insect to un-infested areas of the state.  All other life stages of this insect, from nymphs to adults can fly, hop, or drop right into or onto vehicles – meaning that vehicles and equipment can easily and quickly help it spread.

New Jersey Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine for General Audience

New Jersey Residence Checklist

New Jersey Residence Checklist (Spanish)

New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association informational video

New Jersey Department of Agriculture Spotted Lanternfly Website

USDA Spotted Lanternfly Pest Alert Notice


What to do

• What to do: If you see egg masses (pictured above), 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