Environmental officials in New York State are urging people to help them get rid of an invasive pest by killing it if they see it.

According to the United State Department of Agriculture, the Spotten Laternfly can do a lot of damage to area trees, plants, and crops.

WHAT IS THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY?

First detected in Pennslynia in 2014. the Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive pest feeds on a wide range of fruit, ornamental and woody trees, with tree-of-heaven being one of the preferred treats.

WHERE CAN THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY BE FOUND?

Since being seen in Pennslynia in 2014, the Spotted Lanternfly can now be found in 14 states including New York. Within New York's borders, they can be found on Staten Island, all New York City boroughs, Long Island, Port Jervis, Sloatsburg, Orangeburg, Ithaca, Binghamton, Middletown, Newburgh, Highland, and the Buffalo area.

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WHAT KIND OF DAMAGE CAN THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY DO?

Based on their love of crops, they can do millions of dollars of damage to farmers across New York. New York is estimated to produce more than 30 million bushels of apples each year, while grapes in New York are valued at an annual harvest of $52.8 million. Additionally, the expanding hops industry and the maple and timber industries would also be negatively impacted by the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly.

WHAT DO I DO IF I SEE A SPOTTED LANTERNFLY?

Officials in New York are urging people who see a Spotted Lanternfly to kill it immediately. You can kill it by stepping on it or crushing it. You should also report the Spotted Lanternfly to the New York State Department of Agriculture.

  • Take a photo
  • Collect a sample and place it in a freezer or in a jar with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer
  • Contact the SLF responders

 

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