Each year, it seems the battle with the spotted lanternfly is getting tougher. New Jerseyans have collectively stomped on millions of flies and yet, they keep coming back for more. Stronger each time and seemingly with a vengeance. However, the state has plans to get ahead of the curve this time around.
NJ Delegates $3.7 Million To Combat Spotted Lanternflies
NJ state officials have announced that $3.7 million will be allocated to communities and municipalities to battle the spotted lanternfly. Up to $50,000 per county and $25,000 per municipality. Counties or local communities have the option to seek reimbursement for expenses related to traps, pesticides, sprayers, foggers and other necessary supplies required for the program.
During the winter season in New Jersey, spotted lanternfly eggs wait on trees to hatch.
The spotted lanternfly has the ability to consume around 70 various types of vegetation, including fruit trees and ornamental trees. Counties and municipalities that are interested can submit applications to obtain funds from the state Department of Agriculture.
The state encourages the public to actively search for and remove egg masses by scraping them off of trees.
What Is a Spotted Lanternfly?
The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive insect species that has been identified in New Jersey for several years now. These insects are known for their striking appearance, featuring distinctive red and black wings with white spots. They have the ability to feed on a wide range of plants, posing a significant threat to agricultural crops, fruit trees, and ornamental plants.
During the winter months, spotted lanternfly egg masses can be found attached to trees, each containing numerous nymphs. Due to their potential impact on local ecosystems and agriculture, efforts are being made in New Jersey to control and mitigate the spread of this invasive pest.
Tired of stomping on lanternflies? Urge your county or municipality to secure funding that will address the issue.